1、Mushroom & aubergine pizza pie

Pop your favourite pizza toppings in this freezer-friendly pastry and feed the family for under five pounds

Mushroom & aubergine pizza pie recipe

Ingredients

Method

Heat 2 tsp of the garlic butter in a large frying pan, then cook the aubergine rounds, in batches, for 1-2 mins each side, until golden. Remove and season, then set aside. Add a little more butter and fry the mushrooms until soft, then remove and set aside.
  • Lightly butter an 18cm round cake tin, about 4cm deep. Dust a flat surface with the reserved bread mix and roll out two-thirds of the dough to come over the sides of the tin. Line the tin and press the dough into the corners. Leave the sides hanging over.
  • Layer up the ingredients, starting with half the aubergine, basil, pasta sauce, mozzarella and mushrooms. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, pushing down well. Roll out the remaining dough to form a lid and put it on top. Pinch together the lid and the sides, twisting them together to form a crusty edge. Wrap well and freeze. Defrost at room temperature for about 8 hrs.
  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cook pie for 30 mins. Remove from the tin and place on a baking sheet. Brush with garlic butter, then cook for 20 mins more, brushing again with butter before serving.

  • https://www.truecookbook.com/recipe/mushroom-aubergine-pizza-pie-2079/

    2、Lamb & aubergine stew with crispy chickpea topping

    A gutsy, lamb casserole laced with North African spices and topped with a crunchy crust of feta cheese and store cupboard pulses
    Lamb & aubergine stew with crispy chickpea topping recipe

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in flameproof casserole dish. Add the onions and cook until softened. Season the lamb and toss in the flour. Push the onion to the edge of the pan, add the lamb, then cook for a few mins on each side until nicely browned.
    2. Add the garlic, aubergine, peppers, ras el hanout and harissa. Cook for a few mins until the spices are aromatic. Add the tomatoes, sugar, 400ml water (fill the tomato can and swish it around to get all the bits out) and crumble in the stock cube. Bring to a simmer, cover, then cook over a low heat for 2 hrs.
    3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Add the herbs to the lamb stew and tip into a daking dish. Tip the chickpeas into a bowl with the cumin seeds, remaining oil and some seasoning. Leaving about half the chickpeas whole, lightly crush remainder with a fork or potato masher. Add half the feta and mix through. Scatter over the stew, top with remaining feta, then bake for 45 mins until the topping is really crispy and the stew is hot. See tips on freezing, below left.

    3、Beef, mushroom & greens stir-fry

    There's no need to resort to ready-chopped veg and bottled sauces - make your own in 20 mins
    Beef, mushroom & greens stir-fry recipe

    Ingredients

    Method

    1. Mix the sauces together and set aside. Heat a wok until smoking hot, add 1 tsp oil, then stir-fry the meat until browned all over. You may need to do this in 2 batches, adding a little more oil. Remove the meat, then wipe the wok clean.
    2. Add a little more oil. Stir-fry the ginger until golden, then add the spring greens and mushrooms. Cook for 3 mins, stirring often, then add the steak and soy sauce mixture. Cook for 3-4 more mins until the sauce has thickened a little and everything is warmed through. Serve over rice or noodles.

    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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