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How to make chestnut, mushroom and shallot pie

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Chestnut, mushroom and shallot pie

Serves 4

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 55-60 minutes

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200g cooked chestnuts (such as Merchant Gourmet vacuum packed)

2 bay leaves

rosemary © Getty rosemary 1 sprig fresh rosemary

200ml red wine

300ml vegetable stock

25g butter

1tbsp olive oil

12 shallots, peeled and left whole

250g chestnut mushrooms, cut into quarters

2 tbsp beurre manie (1 tbsp flour mixed to a paste with 1 tbsp softened butter)

2 tsp Dijon mustard

Ground black pepper © Getty Ground black pepper Freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

225g puff pastry

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Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the olive oil to stop it burning and fry the onions until slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Add the mushrooms, bay leaves and rosemary and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. Add the chestnuts, red wine and vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the onions are soft.

Add the beurre manie, stirring constantly until is dissolves, and cook for a further 5 minutes until the sauce is thickened.

Stir in the mustard and flat leaf parsley and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spoon the mixture into a pie dish.

Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and place on top of filling, crimping the edges to seal the pie. Cut a cross in the top of the pastry to let the steam out during cooking. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden. Serve immediately.

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