I am enjoying the challenge of throwing something together to eat from whatever I have got in the freezer, fridge or larder - it makes me more imaginative.
Tonight, I needed to use up a packet of frozen diced turkey (which was an Asda "whoops" at £1 for the packet).
I fried the turkey in a little oil, then added chopped carrot, leeks and celery, and a little water - popped the lid on and cooked it for 10 mins. I then took the lid off and continued to cook until the liquid had reduced.
I then made a white sauce using the roux method, and added some dried Tarragon. I made the sauce fairly thick as when you add it to the turkey and veg, the liquid already in here makes the sauce a bit thinner. The whole lot got popped into an oven proof dish.
The rosti potato top is made by part cooking some jacket potatoes - don't cook fully. Then grate these onto the top of the pie. I sprayed with a little oil (or you can use butter) and cooked it in the oven (at 200 C) until it was browning nicely on top.
I have made this with cooked turkey in the past, and I have also added ham or bacon too. Its also great with chicken, and its even good as a vegetarian dish by just omitting the meat. The Tarragon, carrot, leek and celery combo works really well I think.
sounds good to me!
Your latest posts have made me determined to dig into the depths of our cupboards and freezer and see what I can concoct with the contents. I don't think you can beat an element of surprise at meal times!
Just saying hello. How many sleeps is it?
it looks lovely! thanks for telling me about the st ives camera me and joshy spent ages looking at it! fliss xx
Does the potato cook fully in the oven? I've found in the past (doing a similar thing, but not so imaginative!) and found the potato a little rawish, getting complaints from the clientele!
Cheese sprinkled on the top is nice, too!
Just seen your word verification is GUTSY!!!!
Excellent dish Diane! I'll give it a whirl, you've convinced me I need to defrost my freezer!!!!It's a chest one & all you can see is two legs sticking out 'cause I have to dive in so far down lol
ooh looks scrummy - I never think of doing Rosti - thanks for the idea.
Don't worry Diane I only cast spells on people who really cross me ( and think they are better than me )
now where did I put my spell book ....?
Sounds delicious, I bet it doesn't hang around for long (except the celery of course).
Top tip about the dustbin lid, thank you my daughter has been nagging for a pond and this will be perfect for her 'fairy garden'. Let me know if the corks keep away the snails, sounds very interesting.
PS - I expect the excitement levels will be quite high now!
excellent recipe jamie, whoops diane.....very inventive , will give it a go and it looks just the job for the 'comfort food' requirement during exam period.....how goes it for you?
As its nearly teatime in our house, and Im reading this on an empty stomach I am practically drooling at your pictures!! It looks extremely comforting and delicious, must give that rosti thing a whirl it looks gorgeous!!
Love Julia x x x
I think I am very hungry and will have to come and live with you!
I was going to cook tonight but, I think I will printout the image and eat that instead LOL!
When's the cookbook due out....
Have a great weekend.
I should like to come to yours for tea!
You are a clever thrifty lady Diane, I must do my freezer too. I am so concscious of using things up too but I always end up buying more ingredients, doh!
Happy Bank Hols,
This looks delicious...I love tarragon with poultry too...yummy! xxx
Your last couple of posts are making me hungry - love the pie idea - think I will have to give that one a go - Natalie x
Your last three foodie posts look scrumptious, even though I have no appetite at the moment!
Thanks for the tip about grating a part cooked potato on top, will use that for sure!
Not sure how I managed to miss this when you posted it. Hope all ok and you'vr just been enjoying your bank holiday weekend and you haven't actually fallen into freezer!
I'm going to cook a Rosti topping for shepherd's pie tonight ( hope it works ! )
Looks great. This is something I'm not very good at--I need a recipe!
Hi Diane, i've been away. Have been looking for you ! should have made an arrangement!
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