Maggie’s Monday Meals

Maggie’s Monday Meals

Italian Ham and Cheese Pie

2 sheets of pastry

3/4 cup homemade tomato sauce or fresh tomato passata

  • 1 1/2 c oz or Cheddar, finely grated
  • Unsmoked ham, thinly sliced
  • 1 egg, beaten with a pinch of salt and sugar

 

Step-by-step

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°
  2. Unwrap the pastry and stretch the first piece out onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  3. Spread it with the tomato sauce, leaving a border of  (3⁄4 in) clear around the edges.
  4. Now scatter over the cheese, followed by the ham.
  5. Lay the second sheet of pastry on a lightly floured surface and score shallow, diagonal cuts across its surface, to make a diamond pattern. Lay the scored pastry over the first sheet.
  6. Use your fingertips to push the two layers of pastry together around the edges and seal with the prongs of a fork to make little lines around the border.
  7. Brush the top with a thin layer of the seasoned beaten egg (this will make it more golden). Keep the rest of the egg for later. Use the tip of a sharp knife to make around 10 small holes in the pastry, to allow the air to escape.
  8. Let the pie rest in the fridge or a cool place for 10 minutes, then brush it with egg again.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, then turn the oven down to 340° and bake for a further 10–15 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. It is also good eaten at room temperature.