Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare:

Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Who doesn’t love  a pie, well we all do in my house and especially when it’s as easy to make as this one is…..it’s essentially a Sunday Roast pie made with the left overs from a few weeks ago, but, it’s also loosely following a recipe for a recipe I found in a book, Traditional Farmhouse Fare, called Rabbit Feast. Yes, I realise there are no bunnies in this pie, but I did follow the recipe insofar that is uses a cooked rabbit that is shredded and then added to bacon and assorted vegetables………I used chicken and ham and my Sunday lunch veggies, and then added a suet dumpling crust to “bulk” the recipe out for a filling family supper dish.

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

The recipe wasn’t my top choice of recipe, it was what I was faced with when I “randomly” picked a book and random page for Dom’s Random Recipes challenge over at Belleau Kitchen.….and although I am okay with rabbit, I was unable to find one to use in this recipes, so I substituted chicken instead! This thrifty recipe was enjoyed by all of us today and the suet dumpling crust makes it a very tasty and filling recipe. I had to add my mum’s old pie funnel “blackbird” too, it’s not just practical (it lets the steam out) but it always brings a smile to my face when I use it, and I cannot remember how many pies Mr (or Mrs!) Blackbird has been in over the years.

Blackbird baked in a pie

Blackbird baked in a pie

This recipe is just perfect when made with leftovers, but you can also make it with a freshly cooked chicken breast and some cooked, sliced ham, as well as a few fresh vegetables, I have added these suggestions to my recipe which is shared below. When I costed it out made this way, the cost of the meal came to £2:95, which means it is perfect for the current challenge, Cooking on a budget for Trussell Trust, where you are encouraged to make a meal for two using ingredients under £3.

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

As the weather continues to become more Arctic by the day and as many of us struggle to make ends meet,  this is the perfect recipe to warm the cockles of your loved one’s hearts as well a not breaking the bank – a real “win win”. It make not be “haute cuisine” but it is thrifty and tasty, and those are far more important to me right now, especially with all of the extra spending for Christmas just around the corner. I served my pie with simple steamed seasonal vegetables, bought from the local farm shop – carrots, potatoes and Savoy cabbage, great accompaniments to the rich filling of the pie.

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

As this is a Credit Crunch type of meal, I am also entering it into Camilla and Helen’s monthly challenge for Credit Crunch Munch, which is being guest hosted by Sarah over at Dinner with Crayons this month. That’s it for today, I will be back tomorrow with some more new recipes…….see you then, Karen 

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Serves 4 to 5
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A delicious pie that has a suet dumpling crust and that is made from Sunday lunch leftovers, or any leftovers you have to hand. The suet crust makes for a tasty alternative to shortcrust pastry and is light and fluffy as well as being golden brown and crisp on top. Perfect frugal family food that doesn't cost and arm and a leg!

Ingredients

  • 150g - 200g left-over cooked chicken, shredded (or one large chicken breast, cooked and cut into small pieces)
  • 75g to 100g left-over cooked ham, cut into small pieces (or cooked ham slices from the deli)
  • 150g left-over cooked vegetables (or 1 rib of celery, 1 carrot, 1 small leek and 1 onion, peeled and diced)
  • 300mls left-over chicken gravy (or 300mls fresh gravy made with a stock cube)
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 115g shredded suet
  • salt and pepper to taste

Note

A delicious pie that has a suet dumpling crust and that is made from Sunday lunch leftovers, or any leftovers you have to hand. The suet crust makes for a tasty alternative to shortcrust pastry and is light and fluffy as well as being golden brown and crisp on top. Perfect frugal family food that doesn't cost and arm and a leg!

Directions

Step 1 If using left overs, then arrange the meat and vegetables in a pie tray/tin and spoon the gravy over the top. If using fresh vegetables, sweat the vegetables in a little fat until soft and add them to the cooked meats.
Step 2 Put the flour into a bowl and add the suet, season with salt and pepper and mix with a little cold water until the dough is soft and manageable.
Step 3 Place the dough onto a floured board and roll out to fit the pie tray/tin.
Step 4 Place a pie funnel in the middle of the pie filling and then ease the suet crust dough over the top, making sure it fits snugly around the pie funnel. Seal pastry around the edges and glaze with a little milk.
Step 5 Bake the pie ina pre-heated oven 200C/400F/Gas 6 for between 30 and 45 minutes, or until the filling is piping hot and the suet crust is golden and crisp.
Step 6 Serve immediately with streamed seasonal vegetables and potatoes.
Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

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Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Comments

  1. says

    Love it! I really like the idea of a suet crust too. I love when dumplings get a bit crispy! Shame you couldn’t find rabbit. I love rabbit too but I imagine the chicken would be a great substitute. Thanks so much for the entry this month Karen xxx

    • says

      Thanks Dom, I DID find some rabbit in the end, but it needed skinning and I am not adept enough to do that! Still, I was true to my random recipe and tried to adapt it to my shopping basket! Karen

  2. says

    Warming winter food, just what I fancy right now! Thanks for submitting it to CCM.

    We’ve recently discovered these fabulous roast in the bag bacon joints from Tesco for a fiver for nearly a kilo’s worth of ham and never need to buy ham for hubbies sandwiches anymore, plus it’s much better quality.

    • says

      WOW! I must get down to Tesco for one of those hams Sarah, as we love ham and it’s a cut of meat that just keeps on giving! Also like the idea that it cooks in a bag too……Karen

  3. says

    Suet topped pies really take me back to when I was very young (I think Queen Victoria may have still been on the throne). I seem to remember that I loved the suet but whatever it was underneath didn’t really fit into the category of food. This looks so much nicer than anything I can remember.

  4. Nicole Stanfield Caile says

    Wow! I love savoury pies, but the suet crust takes it to a whole new level! Would love to experiment with different meats. Yum!

  5. Renate Kriegler Edwards says

    Frugal and hearty – and an excellent way to use up that old packet of suet in the cupboard hehe Thank you!

  6. Louise Smith says

    This is great recipe for this time of year with it being cold. I can hear my mum saying “you need something that will stick to your ribs when it’s cold” unfortunately, it usually sticks to my waistline as well!

  7. Sheila Reeves says

    Baked suet crust! Haven’t had that since my Mum was around, forgotten about it and is definitely on my list of things to try again, thanks

  8. dragonfly63 says

    A great way of using up a roast chicken, can’t stand wasting food – too many people are starving or wasting money they could spend on something sensible.

  9. Sheila Reeves says

    I haven’t had a suet crust pie since my mum was alive – this has brought back some lovely food memories – such a tasty, filling pie, great for this time of the year

  10. Rachel B says

    This is such a fab pie recipe. I’ve just got into making hearty winter warming pies and the suet crust sounds like one I will have to try next.

  11. Jackie R says

    Yum Yum Yum
    Tried this yesterday, just wonderful. Kids want to know when I will be baking it again – will do it was so simple
    Thanks

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