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There are few things more comforting than a home cooked pie and we love this rabbit and ham number from Matt Buzzo at Waterside Bistro

Rabbit and ham pie

Serves 6-8

You will need

  • Wild rabbit 1, skinned and jointed
  • Green gammon ham 500g, diced
  • Onion 1, peeled and cut in half
  • Carrot 1
  • Celery 1 stick
  • Bay leaf 1
  • White peppercorns 10
  • Butter 125g
  • Plain flour 125g
  • Double cream 100ml
  • Coarse grain mustard 2 tbsp
  • Parsley handful, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Egg 1, beaten with an equal quantity of milk
  • Puff pastry 1 x 500g pack

Method

  1. Place the rabbit and ham in a large pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a simmer, then discard the water.
  2. Start again, this time adding the onion, carrot, celery, bay and peppercorns. Bring to a simmer and leave to gently bubble for about 2 hours until the meats are very tender.
  3. Remove the vegetables, bay and peppercorns. Reserve the cooking stock.
  4. To make the sauce, cook a roux using the butter and flour and slowly ladle in the stock beating well after each addition until the sauce is thick enough to just coat the back of a spoon. You will not necessarily use all the stock.
  5. Pick the meat from the rabbit and mix it into the sauce with the ham, cream and mustard. Taste, and season if necessary. Add the parsley and allow to cool.
  6. To make the pie, cut the pastry into a third for the lid and two thirds for the bottom. On a floured work surface roll out the pastry and line a pie dish. Place the pie funnel in the middle, fill around it with rabbit and ham.
  7. Egg wash the edges of the pastry and place the lid over. Crimp around the edges to seal and cut a hole for the funnel to let the steam escape (if you don’t have a funnel just snip a crossed hole with scissors).
  8. Egg wash the top and bake at 170°c/gas 3 for 1½ hours.

Chef’s tip: ‘You could make some ’rough puff’ at home which is not too much effort for a lot more flavour and satisfaction,’ says Matt.

Also try

Rabbit is widely available throughout the year and has no close season. The meat is low in fat and can be used in a variety of recipes

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