There’s nothing worse than being heaped with a pile of leftovers. Whether it’s after a family roast, BBQ or the dreaded Christmas lunch, piles of leftovers taking up space in the fridge is a complete pain. (There really is only so many toasties one can make!!). Enter my Gluten Free Pasties! A super simple and easy recipe that utilizes leftover meat, frozen veg and a couple of pantry staples you’ll no doubt have laying around. You’ll be able to whip these bad boys up in a pinch!
This delicious recipe was born from you betcha, Christmas leftovers. This particular year I had turkey coming out of my ears!! and family laying about wanting feeding, something other than toasted sangas of course. So I had to get creative and all with whatever I had laying around, because damn if I was not leaving the house to go to the shops! I used to work in retail and have always worked Boxing Day, so I really do revel in no longer having to do so.
In my opinion Boxing Day is a day for staying in your pjs, watching the test match and hanging with the family. Maybe cracking open one of the new books you got for Chrissy and of course…… EATING. But seriously, you don’t need to be slaving away in the kitchen whilst everyone else relaxes! So a simple and quick recipe that can use up as many leftovers as possible is always my go to.
Gluten Free Pasties…. I mean can you even go wrong??
With this super simple dish, you don’t have to. Raid the ridge and the freezer for leftovers and frozen veg, throw in a few pantry staples and you’re done. Half an hour and you’ll be back on the lounge watching the Aussies hit sixes. If you don’t have any leftover meat to use here you can just as easily whip it up. Grill some chicken, steam up some potatoes or slice in some sausages. It’s that easy and yes the flavour work no matter what.
I think the best part about this whole dish though is that they use store bought gluten free frozen puff pastry. Yes I know it can sometimes have a horrible reputation for being difficult to use. But with the right tips and tricks you can go from a crumbly frozen mess to delicious gluten free pasties in no time. It’s also incredibly delicious and gives you that great flaky taste that you won’t even know is gluten free.
My favourite store bought Gluten free pastry has to be Simply Wize. Stocked in most major shops like Woolworths and IGAs but also in online health food stores. You’ll find it in the frozen Gluten Free section generally. Hands down it’s my favourite but feel free to use whatever good gluten free puff pastry you like.
Check out my YouTube video below to see how to make Gluten Free Pastry work!
Ultimately that’s the goal right? To put down a dish that everyone can enjoy, gluten free or not. I don’t believe in making one dish that I can eat and one dish for the rest of the family! That’s just an insane amount of work and not to mention the cross contamination risk! So I just don’t do it, so I’ve made it my goal in life to create delicious gluten free food and well…. that’s why you’re here isn’t it!
Speaking of delicious gluten free goodies, you have to check out my Gluten Free Sausage Rolls too! Just as easy and honestly even tastier than these gluten free pasties!
So how’s that for a simple way to get rid of your leftovers…. not to mention how damn yummy they are. Don’t forget to tag me @champagneandgumboots #champagneandgumbootsbakes in all of your baking for a chance to be featured!
Gluten Free Pasties
- 400 grams Meat of choice Any Turkey, Ham, Duck, Chicken, whatever you've got
- 2 Cups Frozen Vegetables
- 6 Sheets Frozen Puff Pastry Simply Wize
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 2 tbsp Gluten Free Plain Flour
- 1 tsp Powdered Chicken Stock dissolved in 1 Tbsp Boiling Water
- 250 ml Thick Cream
- 1 tsp Wholegrain Mustard
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 Egg Beaten for Glazing
- Preheat your oven to 200º Celsius Fan Forced and line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Pull out your frozen puff pastry and separate the sheets onto your bench top. Allow pastry to defrost until soft and you can leave a finger print in it. To keep your pastry soft and easy to work with cover the sheets with a slightly damp, clean tea towel!
- While that's defrosting you can bring your filling together. Cut your chosen meat into small pieces, how small is up to you and how chunky you'd like your pasties. Throw this into a medium size bowl. Add your frozen veg on top. Set aside.
- In a small bowl add your teaspoon of chicken stock and dissolve it in 1 Tbsp of Boiling water. Add your thick cream and wholegrain mustard to this and stir to combine. Set aside.
- In a medium sized saucepan melt your butter. Stir in the flour and cook for two minutes. Add the cream/chicken stock mix and whisk together quickly and constantly. The cream will thicken with the flour and become a thick creamy mix. Once the cream has thickened and absorbed into the flour pull it off the heat (it will only take a couple of minutes).
- Immediately pour over the meat and veg mix and stir together. Set aside until your pastry is completely thawed and ready to use.
- Now to assemble your pasties. Have your egg beaten in a small bowl with a brush and fork ready to go. You'll want your prepared trays nearby, as well as your defrosted pastry and filling.
- Take a sheet of pastry and either leave it on it's backing paper or place it onto another piece of baking paper and use a rolling pin to roll it out thinner. You only want it to be thin enough to be nicely pliable.
- Gently fold your pastry sheet in half (lengthwise) just to give you the middle point. Take your meat and veg mix and spoon approx. 2 tablespoons on to half of the pastie. Run some beaten egg along one half edges. Fold the other half over top and line up your edges. Using your fingers pinch and fold over the edges, working your way around the whole pastie, tucking the pastry in. Be sure to not over fill your pasties though as they may explode, so it may take a little bit of trial and error before you get the right quantity.
- Now pop your pasties onto your trays, a couple of centimeters apart will do as they don't spread much. Brush with the beaten egg and pierce each pastie 3 times with a fork. Pop into the oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy all over.
- The great thing about these gluten free pasties is their flexibility. Use any meat you like and any mix of frozen veg you like. I love to use Ham, Turkey or chicken with a mix of capsicum, peas and corn for the veg. This is why I love making these with Christmas leftovers!
- Always remember to roll out your gluten free pastry just a little more before using. It will help create a softer, flakier result. Be sure to watch my YouTube video on How to Make Gluten Free Frozen Pastry work!
- Simply Wize is my all time FAVOURITE Gluten Free Frozen Puff Pastry to use. It's available in most Woolworths stores, however can also be purchased through a range of online health food stores such as Sunnybrook Health Store.