roasted ham & vegetable pot pie

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Having an easy, tasty pot pie recipe in your back pocket is like knowing your ABC’s – in an attempt to free us all from the shackles of a recipe – meet pot pie 101 – and for the record, you can cast whatever you like in the lead, as long as it’s been seared, sizzled, roasted or toasted – that’s where the flavour is. Like what, you ask? Well, this time around, I’m going with leftover ham, but for the sake of clarity – how about chicken, turkey, pork, beef, fish, shrimp, scallops, clams or a mess of roasted vegetables – ’cause I was thinking that as long as you keep the integrity of the saucey stuff intact, why couldn’t you add whatever the heck you like in place of the typical chicken – well, I said – of course I could, can, will and did!

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So, master the saucey stuff – choose your “chicken” of choice and go get yourself a bad-ass reputation for the meanest pot pie on the planet – ’cause since you got out of pot pie prison, you’ve never made the same one twice – now that’s some serious pot pie production. And don’t stop at the pie, what covers the pie can be switched up just the same – mashed potatoes, sliced potatoes, grated potatoes, sweet potatoes, buttermilk biscuits, dumplings, dough, pastry, breadcrumbs, grated cheeses – it’s your pie, cover it with whatever the heck you want. Betcha’ didn’t think you’d be getting your pot pie PhD by night fall!

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1. Get choppin’ the holy trinity – carrots, onions, & celery – and always garlic – which I guess makes it the fabulous foursome.

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2. Load it in a hot, olive-oiled-up oven-proof pot.

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3. Get it beggin’ for mercy.

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4. Sort out your herbs – oregano, thyme, basil, herbes de provence – whatever you like.

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5. Get the frozen mixed veg in a bowl to warm up.

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6. I don’t know why I do it – but I decant my can of creamed corn. I know – I just want you to have a good look at it and I hear the recycle truck.

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7. The same for the evaporated milk – don’t want to look at that can for another 2 weeks!

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8. Measure 1/4 cup of flour – this is going to get whisked into the milk.

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9. Whisk away until it’s, well, all whisked away.

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10. Now for your boatload of leftover ham.

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11. Cube up 2, 3, 4 cups – this is the great thing about a recipe like this – just keep upping the quantities if you’ve got a flock to feed!

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12. Get a cup of stock, broth or bouillon ready.

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13. Now back to the pot – add the mixed vegetables.

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14. Add the herbs.

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15. Stir it all around.

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16. Add the creamed corn.

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17. Halfway to creamy dreamy.

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18. Stock’s ready to go.

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19. Add it to the pot.

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20. Canned milk & flour mixture down.

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21. Cook for a couple of minutes to thicken – creamy dreamy magic’s about to happen right before your eyes.

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22. Cubed ham is next.

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23. Stir gently and thoroughly.

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24. Grate a little cheese if you want – and apparently, I want!

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25. The cheese brings a little richness – and use whatever cheese you like – swiss or mozzarella are good choices.

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26. Grab 2-3 potatoes and a slicer or a sharp knife.

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27. And slice ’em up.

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28. And whatever you slice them with –slice ’em about this thick.

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29. Clean up the edge of your pot with a spatula – niiiiice!

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30. Start layering the slices with a slight overlap.

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31. Keep layering until you’ve got your pie covered.

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32. Drizzle a little olive oil over the potatoes and using a brush, gently spread it all around.

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33. Hit the top with a little salt, a good crack of pepper and paprika and put it in your hot oven for 45 minutes or so.

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34. Hello roasted ham pot pie – let it rest before digging in.

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35. It’s the Brad Pitt of pot pies!

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36. Oh Mama – yummy mummy!

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