Making pies with left overs

I always end up with left overs… and there’s always the dilemma of what do you do with them? Eat the left overs as is or create a new meal with them? Growing up we would often turn our left overs into yummy flaky pies 🙂

Making pies with left overs

Making pies is so easy

I use shop bought puff pastry and whatever filling I have left over in the fridge.

I also use an egg whisked with a little water to make an egg wash.

What to do

  1. Let the pastry thaw and cut the pastry into four squares.
  2. Place two small tablespoons of filling in the centre of the pastry square.
  3.  Pull the corners of pastry to the top and squish a little bit to hold it together before you pinch the sides together pulling together a bit of a pyramid shape.
  4. Brush with an egg wash.
  5. They should bake in an moderate oven for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

Get creative with your pie filling

We would make pies with left over bolognese sauce, Mexican mince, curries… really whatever was left in the fridge to make a new meal. (We were fussy kids and didn’t like eating the same thing two nights in a row.)

In this instance I used the left over vegies skewers from a braai. They were marinated in garlic, olive oil and lemon zest before being cooked over coals! I didn’t even bother cutting them up! I did add an little extra halloumi for a yummy melty finish!

As I was running out of pastry faster than I was filling I also made a Mediterranean-inspired vegetarian tart (that also used the left over egg wash!).