1、Honey & mustard ham hock pie with flaky cheese pastry

Slow-cooked tender ham, potatoes and shallots are enclosed in cheesy cheddar pastry - invest in a pie plate or tin for a crisp base

Honey & mustard ham hock pie with flaky cheese pastry recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ham hocks, about 3kg/6lb 8oz in total
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp whole peppercorns
  • 400g potatoes, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 85g butter
  • 350g shallots
  • 75g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp dried English mustard powder
  • 400ml milk
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • green vegetables, to serve (optional)
  • gravy, to serve (optional)
  • 175g butter, frozen in foil overnight
  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1½ tbsp English mustard powder
  • 100g mature cheddar

Method

Put the ham hocks, bay leaves and peppercorns in a large pan. Cover with water and a lid, and simmer for 3 hrs or until really tender – you may need to top up the water level during cooking. (Alternatively, cook in a slow cooker for 6-8 hrs.) Leave to cool in the liquid, then chill overnight if you have time.
  • To make the pastry, tip the flour into a big bowl with 1/2 tsp salt and the mustard powder. Hold the butter block in the foil (peeling back a little at a time as you need to) and coarsely grate straight into the bowl of flour, dipping the end of the butter into the flour every so often – this helps to stop all the butter clumping together. Grate in the cheese too. Use a cutlery knife to lightly stir together, then stir in 175-200ml cold water to bring the dough together. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins.
  • Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling water for 8 mins or until just cooked, then drain. Melt the butter in another large pan and add the shallots. Cook gently for 10-15 mins until tender and golden, shaking the pan now and then to roll them around in the butter. While they cook, drain the ham hocks, reserving the cooking liquid – the meat should be nice and tender. Shred with two forks, discarding the fat and bones.
  • When the shallots are tender, scoop them out of the pan and add to the ham. Add the flour and mustard powder to the butter, stirring around the pan to make a paste. Cook for 1-2 mins, then splash in a little of the milk, stirring until smooth. Continue adding the milk, bit by bit, stirring well after each addition, until you have a very thick, smooth sauce. Add enough of the ham’s cooking liquid to thin the sauce to a double cream consistency, about 300ml. Taste and season with pepper – it should be salty enough from the ham stock, but add a little extra if it needs it. Stir in the ham, potatoes, shallots, wholegrain mustard, honey and parsley, then leave to cool.
  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and place a baking sheet on the middle shelf to heat up. Remove the pastry from the fridge. Divide into 2 balls, one a little larger than the other – keep the smaller one wrapped until later. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the large ball of dough to the thickness of a £1 coin. Use this to line the base of a 23cm metal pie plate or shallow cake tin. Fill with the pie filling, then brush the edges with a little beaten egg. Roll out the remaining pastry, lay over the top, then trim the excess. Crimp the sides of the pie, if you like. Brush with more egg wash and poke 2 steam holes in the top with a sharp knife. Place the pie on the hot baking sheet and bake for 45-50 mins until crisp and golden. Serve piping hot with green veg and gravy, if you like.

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    2、Sticky cider & mustard sausage wheel with box grater salad

    Spiral your chipolatas into a cartwheel and serve with a celeriac, carrot, beetroot and apple slaw- best enjoyed outdoors
    Sticky cider & mustard sausage wheel with box grater salad recipe

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Untwist the chipolatas links and squeeze the meat along the sausage skin so you have 1 long sausage. Roll the sausage into a cartwheel and push 2 wooden skewers through at right angles to secure. Heat a large frying pan with a drizzle of oil. Put the sausage wheel in the pan and cook over a medium heat for 8-10 mins until nicely browned on the underside. Flip over and cook for a further 8-10 mins until browned all over.
    2. Whisk the cider, mustard and honey together until smooth, pour over the sausage and increase the heat. Bubble for 10-15 mins until reduced to a sticky glaze.
    3. To make the salad, whisk the lemon juice and zest, honey and olive oil in a large bowl with some seasoning. Grate the celeriac, carrots, beetroots and apple, add the seeds and toss everything together. Cut the sausage into chunks and serve with the salad and some extra mustard, if you like.

    3、Creamy ham & mustard chicken

    Turn chicken or turkey steaks into a freeze-ahead burger to please the family
    Creamy ham & mustard chicken recipe

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Lightly rub a little oil over each chicken breast. Place between 2 pieces of cling film and bash with a rolling pin until flattened and no more than 1cm thick. Season and place a slice of ham on top of each chicken breast. Mix together the cheese, crème fraîche and mustard and spread over the ham. Cook or wrap well and freeze.
    2. To cook straight away, place the chicken on a lightly greased baking sheet and cook under a medium grill for 7-10 mins until chicken is cooked through and the cheese is bubbling and browned. If the cheese browns a little too much for your liking, simply finish off the cooking in a hot oven.
    3. To cook from frozen, heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Place the chicken on a baking tray and loosely cover with foil. Cook for 30 mins, then remove the foil, increase the temperature to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and cook for a further 25 mins.
    4. If you want the topping golden, flash under a hot grill for a few mins. Serve in a crusty roll with some green leaves, tomatoes and coleslaw on the side.

    4、Steak & roasted shallot pie with a mustard crust

    Replace your roast this Sunday with a warming pie straight from the oven
    Steak & roasted shallot pie with a mustard crust recipe

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Heat half the olive oil in a large pan and cook the pancetta for a few mins until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Dust the steak with the flour, then brown in the hot pancetta oil – to stop the pan getting overcrowded, do this in two batches. Return all the steak to the pan along with the pancetta.
    2. Add the wine and thyme and bring to the boil. Partially cover with a lid, leaving a gap of about 1cm, and simmer for 2 hrs until the meat is tender, stirring from time to time, and once the sauce has thickened and reduced a little, cover the pan completely.
    3. Meanwhile, heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the remaining olive oil and the shallots together. Spread out on a baking sheet and roast for 45 mins until soft and golden brown.
    4. To make the pastry crust, sift the flour and mustard into a large bowl, then coarsely grate in the frozen butter. Drizzle over 6-8 tbsp cold water and taking care not to over-handle it, lightly bring together to make a firm dough. Wrap and chill for 30 mins.
    5. Stir the roasted shallots, jelly and vinegar into the beef and season, then spoon into a 2-litre pie dish. Raise the oven temp to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
    6. Roll out the pastry and lay over the filling – it’s a good idea to use a pie funnel to support the pastry and prevent it going soggy in the centre, but it’s not essential. Mix the egg yolk with a little salt, then brush over the top of the pastry. Bake for 30 mins or until the pastry is crisp and golden and the filling is hot right the way through.

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