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Pie Maker Chicken Pies with Green Peppercorns and Tarragon

I have made these tasty chicken pies for years now. In fact, I think they were the first pies I made in the pie maker we purchased sometime early last decade. Now that we live on a boat I no longer have the pie maker. I simply do not have the room for that sort of thing. If we get a pie craving while sailing I make the pies with pie tins and cook them in the oven.

However, due to COVID we have been land bound for the best part of 2020 and 2021 and couch surfing with friends and family. Thankfully these couches usually come with a double bed and ensuite. LOL

This week while at my mum’s I noticed a pie maker in the cupboard and suddenly I have a craving for chicken pies with peppercorns and tarragon. So I set about making these super tasty treats.

Ingredients

1.2kg chicken thighs, chopped
150g flat Swiss brown mushrooms, chopped
1 brown onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, finely diced
1 1/2 Tablespoon of plain flour
1 cup of chicken stock
3/4 cup of sour cream
2 1/2 Tablespoons of green peppercorns
1 Tablespoons dried tarragon
6 sheets (25 x 25cm) frozen puff pastry, just thawed

Method

Heat a large frypan and add a little oil. Add the diced onion and fry for a few minutes until soft, and then add the garlic and cook a further two minutes.

Add the chicken and diced mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the chicken and cook for a couple more minutes.

Add the chicken stock, sour cream, peppercorns and tarragon, bring to the boil, reduce temperature and simmer until it thickens and is a good consistency for the pie filling.

Follow pie maker instructions.

Use the pie maker pastry cutter to cut 16 large and 16 small circles from the pastry sheets. Press 4 large dough circles into the pie holes. Spoon mince mixture over dough base until level. Top with the four small dough circles. Turn on the pie maker. Close and cook for 10 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.

Repeat with the remaining pastry and chicken mix.

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5 Spice Duck Risotto

This is only my second time making risotto. The first was several years ago when I made a crayfish risotto. This may not look pretty, but it is delicious! You could easily make this for two people using one duck breast… there almost seemed to be more duck than rice… but Dwayne wasn’t complaining. I was just happy it turned out as lovely as it did!

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Ingredients

2 1/4 tsp five spice
2 duck breast
1 large onion, finely diced
2-3 garlic cloves, finely diced
2 large oyster mushrooms, thinly sliced
4 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes, squeeze out the water and slice
1 cup of arborio rice
1/2 cup red wine
500ml – 700ml hot chicken stock
1/2 tsp cracked pepper
1 tsp light soy sauce
2 green spring onions, thinly sliced
small bunch of greens, thinly sliced i.e. kale, spinach, bok choy
chives, finely sliced for garnish

5 Spice Duck Risotto
Finely sliced leafy greens, spring onions and duck tossed through the rice at the end of cooking.

Method

Lightly score the duck skin a few times and rub the duck breast all over with 1 tsp of the five spice.

Place skin side down in a cold non-stick pan on medium heat without oil for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown, flip and seal the other side for 30 seconds. Remove from pan but keep the oil from the duck fat.

Place the duck breast skin side up on a rack in a roasting tin and put on the middle rack of a 220°C preheated the oven. Cook for 15 minutes. Then take the duck from the oven and let it cool before slicing.

While the duck is cooking….

Heat fat from the duck in a large pan and add the onion and garlic, and cook on medium heat for several minutes. Add the mushroom and continue to cook, stirring occasionally for a few minutes.

Add the rice and continue to cook on medium heat, toasting the rice for 4 minutes. (This is an important part of making risotto).

Then add the red wine, the remaining 1 1/4 tsp of five spice, and light soy sauce. Allow the red wine to be absorbed before you begin to add the stock. Add 1/4 of a cup of stock at a time… allowing each 1/4 cup of stock to be absorbed before adding more. Keep stirring the rice and testing the consistency.

When the rice is almost done (you have tasted it and are happy with the consistency) add the spring onions, leafy greens and the sliced duck. Lightly toss the ingredients through as you finish cooking for a couple of minutes. Bon appetite!

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