Turkey and Chestnut Pithivier
If you like pies, and puff pastry, you are bound to enjoy pithivier! Pithivier is a French pastry that originated in the town of Pithiviers, located in the Loiret region of France.
This Turkey & Chestnut Pithivier recipe is the perfect way of using up any roast turkey leftovers. Here, the French-inspired pastry pie is filled with succulent turkey and rich, earthy chestnuts, all encased in flaky, buttery puff pastry sheets. It would be well worth roasting an entire turkey just to make this glorious crowd-pleaser.
500g Puff Pastry Sheets
400g Cooked Turkey Meat, 50/50 white and brown meat
2 Leeks, diced
80g Chestnuts, cooked
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
100ml Crème Fraiche
100ml Dry Sherry
A Large Bunch of Thyme, sprigs picked
100ml Turkey Stock or Gravy
1 Large Free Range Egg, whisked
Generous Pinch of Salt and Pepper
MAKING THE PITHIVIER FILLING
1. Firstly, place a large pan over a medium-high heat with a generous lug of olive oil. Then, add the diced leeks and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until starting to colour, stirring often to avoid anything burning.
2. Add the sherry into the pan and turn the heat up to high, cooking until the liquid is reduced by two-thirds, stirring occasionally in order to prevent anything from catching on the bottom of the pan.
3. Turn the heat down to medium before tearing the turkey meat into large chunks and add to the pan along with the turkey stock or gravy. Mix together and leave to simmer until the liquid in the pan is reduced by three-quarters. Then, remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool for ten minutes before mixing in the crème fraîche, thyme sprigs and chestnuts to create a creamy sauce. Season to taste.
4. Preheat the oven to 200°C
ASSEMBLING YOUR PITHIVIER
1. Divide the pastry into two portions, where one is slightly larger than the other, and then roll both out into squares to a depth of 3mm.
2. Mark out a circle 25cm in diameter on the smaller pastry square and then add the filling to the pastry, ensuring to leave at least 1cm of pastry around the edges. Brush the edges with egg wash before adding the second piece of pastry on top, pressing down around the filling and sealing. Then, cut away any excess pastry until you have a neat 25cm circular pithivier.
3. At this point, brush the pastry with the egg wash and then lightly score a starburst pattern into the top of the pastry, taking great care not to cut all the way through to the filling. Use a fork to mark the edges of the pastry for a nice traditionally decorated finish. Lastly, make a small hole in the centre of the top of your pithivier, to enable steam to escape.
4. Finally, bake your pithivier for 30 minutes or until the pastry is well-risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool rest for ten minutes before serving with cranberry sauce and braised greens.