Slow-cooked tender ham, potatoes and shallots are enclosed in cheesy cheddar pastry - invest in a pie plate or tin for a crisp base
- 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
MethodPut 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.
- 12 linked chipolatas
- drizzle of oil
- 250ml cider
- 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard, plus extra to serve (optional)
- 2 tbsp clear honey
- juice and zest 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp clear honey
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ small celeriac, peeled
- 2 carrots, peeled
- 2 raw beetroot, peeled
- 1 apple
- 100g mixed seed (toasted if you have a spare pan)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 8 slices thinly cut smoked ham
- 100g Gruyère or cheddar, grated
- 6 tbsp crème fraîche
- 3 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 140g pack cubed pancetta
- 1kg braising steak, cubed
- 4 tbsp plain flour
- 1 bottle red wine or 750ml beef stock
- 4 thyme sprigs
- 600g whole shallots
- 2 tbsp redcurrant or cranberry jelly
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 egg yolk
- 350g plain flour
- 1 tbsp English mustard powder
- 200g butter, frozen
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.