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Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

This is the first of My Mystery Bag Meals series, a series based on Ready Steady Cook.  You can see all the ingredients below, including the ones I used from my Store Cupboard

Ingredients for Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Ingredients for Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

This mystery bag was set by Melanie from (www. melaniesfoodadventures.com) The ingredients were:

  • Ready Rolled Puff Pastry £1.30
  • Ready to Eat Chicken Chunks £2.00
  • Pack of Trimmed Green Beans £0.50
  • Tub of Crème Fraiche £0.90

This bag came to a total of £4.70… good shopping I thought, so what was I going to do with this bag of loveliness…. a Chicken Stroganoff Pie

It’s quite funny posting this today because a year ago today I posted “Graham’s Caramelised Red Onion and Goats Cheese Tart”. This recipe is loosely based on a recipe Graham gave me for his Stroganoff, and it was cooked by my niece Alice and I when she came to stay recently. The first thing to do is pre-heat your oven to 2000 C, next chop the onion and garlic, as you’re cooking it in the saucepan and in the oven you don’t have to chop them too finely…. ok you can cute them as fine as you want to, with me time was tight and I was lazy.

Chopping the Onion and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Chopping the Onion and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Once you’ve chopped the garlic and onion set them aside for later, next put some butter in a sauce pan and some olive oil. Heat on a low to medium heat…. I hate these recipes that say cook something for x amount of minutes without telling you what temperature to cook it on.

Melting the butter to fry the onions for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Melting the butter to fry the onions for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

When the butter has melted add the onions and Sweat the onions slowly then add the garlic, you should be careful not to burn the garlic. Cook it gently stirring regularly.

Frying the onion and garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Frying the onion and garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Once the garlic and onions have softened it’s time to add the Smoked Paprika. As I said earlier this is an adaptation of Graham’s Strongonhoff recipe, he uses Paprika that isn’t smoked but I only had Smoked Paprika in the cupboard. Alice and I (well Alice not me honestly your honour was a bit heavy handed with ye ole Paprika… on reflection I’d add about 1 level teaspoon. Cook gently so that you cook out the powderiness of the spice. I can never understand how people put raw curry powder with mayonnaise for dips and dressing, raw spices have a sand like texture, reminds me of falling when messing about on the beach – or so I imagine lol.

Adding the Smoked Paprika to the Onion and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Adding the Smoked Paprika to the Onion and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Once the Paprika, Onion and Garlic have got to know each other, are relaxed and enjoying each other’s company….. add another guest to the party. It’s time to add the star of the show… the cooked chicken, I have a confession to make, there’s less cooked chicken than there should be, why, because I was hungry the night before lol

Adding the Cooked Chicken to the Smoked Paprika, Onions and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Adding the Cooked Chicken to the Smoked Paprika, Onions and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Keep stirring that until the chicken is fully covered with the Paprika and all the flavours are combined and everything is cosy, the chicken is pre-cooked so don’t worry too much just bring things up to temperature.   At every party there’s always someone who is fashionably late… this occasion it’s the Crème Fraiche, it’s an ingredient I don’t use often, although to draw more links to this time last year I do use it in Graham’s Goats Cheese Tart and my Courgette, Saffron and Two Cheese Tart.

Adding the Crème Fraiche to the Saucepan of ingredients for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Adding the Crème Fraiche to the Saucepan of ingredients for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

 

Make sure everything has amalgamated and all the flavours are combined, taste, taste and taste again. I really can’t stress how important tasting your food is, no one knows how it should taste better than you. Season at this point and stir again, everything should be red and lushness looking, I love red, being a Manchester United fan it’s hard not to lol.

All the ingredients ready to be added to the pie dish for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

All the ingredients ready to be added to the pie dish for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Roll the pastry out, sprinkle some flour. Score a boarder around the edge of the pastry, then prick the middle area to ensure it doesn’t rise. Leave to one side to top the pie. While the pie crust is sitting relaxing place the filling ingredients in the pie tin.

The pie filling in the tin waiting for the pastry top to make my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

The pie filling in the tin waiting for the pastry top to make my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Place the pastry on top of the pie tin, ensure that it goes fully around the tin you are using. In my opinion it shouldn’t touch the filling, once on the tin crimp the edges and slash some slits in it, then brush with an egg to get the pastry golden brown.

My Mystery Bag Meals - Chicken Stroganoff Pie ready to be cooked

My Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie ready to be cooked

Place in the oven and cook until the pastry is golden brown, all pie filling ingredients are cooked all ready so it is just a case of cooking the pastry lid until it’s golden brown.

Mystery Bag Meals - Chicken Stroganoff in the oven cooking

Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff in the oven cooking

Can you spot the guest appearance in the picture above…. there’s a gold star in it if you can! It was stunning, my mother said to me she’d never had a Chicken Stroganoff Pie, neither had I but then I’d never heard of a Chicken Tikka Slice until I bought one from Gregg’s…. there’s a first time for everything!

Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie after being cooked

Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie after being cooked

This was stunning, Alice and I thoroughly enjoyed it, had a rich deep taste which was smoky from the Paprika, I thoroughly enjoyed it, if I’d had more time I’d have done more with the beans…. but as it was they were just boiled lol. To download a step-by-step guide for this recipe click here.

Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes

Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes

I’ve had a nightmare few weeks, just lacking motivation, I’m sorry it’s taken so long for me to write this, because I couldn’t be arsed to do anything…. excuse the vulgarity. I’m feeling better now thankfully and working on my new business so things are looking up… woop woop!

Anyway enough of the boohoo’s time to move on, this recipe was made by myself and Alice, who (unlucky France) has come back home after her time away. We had a fab week when she came up recently and did lots of cooking including a Pasta Dissaster as I’ve said before, I’ll share that with you soon! I’ll be doing another Mystery Bag Meals challenge in at the end of September, do you want to be the one who suggests the bag. Email mbm@wheeliegoodmeals.co.uk. Cook this one, it’s a great recipe and quick and easy. Thanks to Alice for helping me cook it, Melanie for the ingredient suggestions and Dave Hole for creating the fab logo. The bag types and costs are listed below, don’t panic I’ll be the one forking out for the ingredients lol… you’ve just got to give me the list 😀

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Store Cupboard Mushroom Stroganoff With Pilau Rice

Store Cupboard Mushroom Stroganoff

While browsing the internet I stumbled across a fantastic blog called Amuse Your Bouche, a blog that is packed with useful information and fantastic recipes. To visit Amuse Your Bouche click here. This is a great recipe for vegetarian’s and one my mother certainly enjoyed.

Amuse Your Bouche is a website set up by Becca and contains a host of fantastic recipes which are a) written in an easy and relaxed style which makes you want to follow them, and also makes them sound tasty and b) easy and straightforward to follow. You can visit Amuse Your Bouche (excellent name) by clicking here… Incidentally Becca also has an excellent resource for bloggers and is willing to help bloggers with advice where needed.

Ingredients For Store Cupboard Mushroom Stroganoff

Ingredients For Store Cupboard Mushroom Stroganoff

Utensils and Equipment For Store Cupboard Mushroom Stroganoff

Utensils and Equipment For Store Cupboard Mushroom Stroganoff

I made this meal as part of a two course meal, prawn cocktail was served to start (you can find that here). I’ve called this my Store Cupboard Mushroom Stroganoff (you’ll notice why by the picture above)!  I’ve used ingredients I had left over in the store cupboard. I chopped the onions and added them to the pan with Garlic Granules, a product I haven’t quite got my head around yet. In the recipe I say use 2 tea spoons of these granules but you could use four garlic cloves or two teaspoons of lazy garlic… it all depends on how garlicky you like your food.

Onions and Garlic Granules

Onions and Garlic Granules

If I haven’t told you already I’m not a big mushroom fan, in fact that’s an understatement…. for fear of sounding like Hayleigh and Alice it’s a texture thing for me and I can’t get my head around them :). However, (clearing his throat from sounding like a wimp) my mother loves them, I didn’t have any fresh mushrooms in the house, but did have some dried and tinned in the cupboard (hence the name of the recipe). Becca recommends using 500g of chopped mushrooms. The one thing I’d change is I’d probably add more paprika as I think it was a little lacking, I’ve said 2 heaped Teaspoons in the recipe but you could get away with more, remember it all depends on your taste!

Mushroom Stroganoff after the Mushrooms were added

Mushroom Stroganoff after the Mushrooms were added

I’m also glad of this recipe as its vegetarian and we are not very good at vegetarian recipes. I really like Amuse Your Bouche because it’s packed with great vegetarian recipes. I made an alteration to the recipe I’ve added 400ml of stock not 50ml, as I was intending on making more sauce so I could have some myself without the mushrooms. I also used 4 table spoons of Crème Fraiche as I didn’t have Sour Cream so it was nice and creamy.

The Creamy Saucy Mushroom Stroganoff Almost Ready To Serve

The Creamy Saucy Mushroom Stroganoff Almost Ready To Serve

I’ve served this with Uncle Ben’s Pilau Rice (in a chefy square) but you could serve it with any form of rice or potatoes. The only thing missing on the photograph of the presentation is a chefy leaf of greenery…. you know what my mother’s like – she’s already commented on the lack of greenery on the photos.

Store Cupboard Mushroom Stroganoff With Pilau Rice

Store Cupboard Mushroom Stroganoff With Pilau Rice

Thanks again to Becca for the recipe; you can click here to see the original. Remember you can download our step-by-step recipe from the link here. This is an excellent recipe, and I was fully able to make it all on my own – with the help of my JML can opener. Find our Social Networking pages on the left hand side of the page. If you have any questions or ideas you’d like to ask about please feel free to get in touch by emailing enquiries@wheeliegoodmeals.co.uk.  Come back again soon and, together, we’ll make more Wheelie Good Meals!

See you soon 🙂

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