Smoked chicken pot pie with sweet potato crust

  • For the sweet potato crust
  • 500g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 220g butter, cut into pieces and chilled
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • Beaten egg for brushing
  • 500ml sweet potato (roasted, peeled and pureed in a blender)
  • For the filling
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 1-1.25l whole milk, warmed
  • 350g cremini mushrooms, quartered and sauteed until golden brown
  • 2 medium turnips, peeled, chopped, blanched and drained
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, cut into matchsticks (about 5cm long by 6mm thick)
  • 12 frozen pearl onions, blanched and drained
  • 125g frozen peas, blanched and drained
  • 1 smoked chicken (about 1.5kg) meat shredded, bones discarded
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2tbsp coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
For the sweet potato crust:
1) Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5. In a large bowl combine the flour with the salt and pepper. Cut in the butter with a fork or pastry blender until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.

2) In another bowl combine the eggs, milk and sweet potato puree. Add to the flour mixture and stir gently until combined. Don't overmix!

3) Divide the dough into quarters. On a lightly floured surface roll each piece into a circle about 3mm thick. Cut the circles to fit the size of the serving bowls.

4) Brush with beaten egg and bake on a greaseproof paper lined baking sheet until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.

For the filling:
1) Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over a high heat. Add the onions and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook until deep golden brown.

2) Slowly whisk in the hot milk and cook until thickened. Reduce the heat and cook for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally. If the mixture is too thick, thin with a little extra milk.

3) Add the mushrooms, turnips, carrots, onions, peas and chicken to the sauce and gently fold to combine and heat through. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and stir in the parsley.

4) Spoon the hot filling into bowls and top with a circle of the baked sweet potato dough.

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