Christmas Meat Pie - Cook Ahead and Freeze Recipe

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  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Heat 1 tbsp oil and the butter in a frying pan, then add the onion and fry for 5 mins until softened. Cool slightly. Tip the sausagemeat, lemon zest, breadcrumbs, apricots, chestnuts and thyme into a bowl. Add the onion and cranberries, and mix everything together with your hands, adding plenty of pepper and a little salt.
  2. Cut each chicken breast into three fillets lengthwise and season all over with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan, and fry the chicken fillets quickly until browned, about 6-8 minutes.
  3. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry to line a 20-23cm springform or deep loose-based tart tin. Press in half the sausage mix and spread to level. Then add the chicken pieces in one layer and cover with the rest of the sausage. Press down lightly.
  4. Roll out the remaining pastry. Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg and cover with the pastry lid. Pinch the edges to seal, then trim. Brush the top of the pie with egg, then roll out the trimmings to make holly leaf shapes and berries. Decorate the pie and brush again with egg.
  5. Set the tin on a baking sheet and bake for 50-60 mins, then cool in the tin for 15 minutes Remove and leave to cool completely. Serve with a winter salad and pickles.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1461.77 Kcal (6120 kJ)
Calories from fat 657.82 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 73.09g 112%
Cholesterol 73.75mg 25%
Sodium 1659.41mg 69%
Potassium 483.22mg 10%
Total Carbs 134.72g 45%
Sugars 39.54g 158%
Dietary Fiber 8.04g 32%
Protein 29.28g 59%
Vitamin C 26.3mg 44%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 30.2mg 3%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 287.67 Kcal (1204 kJ)
Calories from fat 129.45 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.38g 112%
Cholesterol 14.51mg 25%
Sodium 326.56mg 69%
Potassium 95.09mg 10%
Total Carbs 26.51g 45%
Sugars 7.78g 158%
Dietary Fiber 1.58g 32%
Protein 5.76g 59%
Vitamin C 5.2mg 44%
Iron 0.1mg 3%
Calcium 5.9mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 34.5
  • 35

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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