Last week was British Pie Week here in the UK and although I’m a little late to the party, here’s a chicken and leek pie recipe that I tried, compliments of Nigel Slater via BBC Food. The recipe can be found on here on the BBC website.
One of the first cookbooks I bought when I moved to the UK was Nigel’s Real Food, so I knew this was the right one for me when I found it.
It’s probably more of a pasty than a traditional pie (what we Americans would call a pot pie) as it’s made with two sheets of puff pastry with the filling in between and then baked on a baking tray rather than in a pie tin. Easy, tasty and a good way to use up the leeks I keep getting in my veg box!
I served it with a simple salad and it was a nice Sunday lunch.
For the wines, I chose one white (Cave de Lugny Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay 2012, Waitrose, £7.99) and one red (Georges Dubœuf Chiroubles 2011, Waitrose, £7.99) for a change of pace. The red, a Beaujolais Cru, was light, fruity and refreshing. Beaujolais are often served lightly chilled, and I’d recommend that for this wine. The white, an unoaked Burgundy Chardonnay, was crisp with a light to medium body. Both were very drinkable, but I thought the Chiroubles was a better match. A Chardonnay with a little more oak would likely work better, perhaps a Chilean or other New World one.