Pie, Chips and Peas

Another classic in the Stodgy British Food series. Pie, Chips and Peas perhaps sits alongside Fish n Chips as one of the true British Classics.

It is best prepared with a fresh pie that is made from scratch. My mum could manage that. Pie means pastry though and I have always struggled with that.

Bring in the pie from the store!

This is a really easy recipe because both the pie and the chips come from the freezer with processed peas from cans. The gravy is from a mix so also very easy.

Pie, Chips and Peas

Serves 4

Cooking Time: 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 frozen Pies (any variety)
  • 450g/1lb frozen Chips
  • 2 300g cans processed Peas
  • Gravy granules or mix
  • Mint Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6
  2. Put the frozen pies onto something that can go into a hot oven. You can brush the tops of them with a little milk or water at this stage which gives a slightly different finish.
  3. Spread the chips onto something that is similarly ovenproof.
  4. Open the cans of peas and pour the contents into an ovenproof dish.
  5. Put everything into the hot oven. Start with the chips as the top layer then the pies as the next. Put the peas in at the bottom.
  6. Cook for about 15 minutes then check. The pies could need turning so they cook evenly. Definitely give the chips a stir round though so they get to an even crispness. Give the peas a stir to be sure they are still moist. Add a little water to them if the mixture seems to be getting a little dry.
  7. Continue to cook in the oven for a further 15-20 minutes. The target is to have a golden topped pie and some crispy chips. Exact time will vary depending on your oven.
  8. When everything else is almost cooked then make up the gravy mix. Be careful to do this very close to serving though as the gravy needs to be hot.
  9. Carefully remove everything from the oven then divide onto four serving plates. You may want to do it equally or use a balance based on size of appetite.
  10. Spoon 1 tsp of mint sauce onto the peas on each plate then pour on a generous serving of gravy.
  11. A little salt and maybe some pepper to finish things off before serving or have them on the dining table.
  12. Now just eat and enjoy which is exactly what I did with the meal pictured.

Notes

Of course, one thing that can be done at the end of a meal such as this is to grab a piece of bread then use it to mop up the gravy that is leftover on the plate. That was a favourite when I was a kid and I still do it to this day.

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