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.
Cooking Time: 45 mins
- 4 frozen Pies (any variety)
- 450g/1lb frozen Chips
- 2 300g cans processed Peas
- Gravy granules or mix
- Mint Sauce
- Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6
- 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.
- Spread the chips onto something that is similarly ovenproof.
- Open the cans of peas and pour the contents into an ovenproof dish.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Spoon 1 tsp of mint sauce onto the peas on each plate then pour on a generous serving of gravy.
- A little salt and maybe some pepper to finish things off before serving or have them on the dining table.
- Now just eat and enjoy which is exactly what I did with the meal pictured.
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.