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Pork and turkey luncheon pie

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for pork and turkey luncheon pie.

By Emma Knowles
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs 30 mins cooking plus cooling, chilling
  • Serves 10
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Pork and turkey luncheon pie


  • 1 pig's trotter
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 600 gm shredded roast turkey leg
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 golden shallots, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 60 ml red wine vinegar (¼ cup)
  • 40 ml dry white wine
  • 750 gm minced pork
  • 50 gm shelled pistachio kernels
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tbsp milk
  • To serve: mustard fruits and green salad
Shortcrust pastry
  • 675 gm plain flour (4½ cups)
  • 340 gm butter, chilled and coarsely chopped
  • ¼ tsp fresh finely grated nutmeg
  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten


  • 1
    For shortcrust pastry, process flour, butter, nutmeg and ½ tsp sea salt in a food processor until mixture resembles crumbs. Add eggs and ¼-1/3 cup iced water and process until mixture just comes together, then turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • 2
    Place pig's trotter, onion, bay leaf and thyme in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour or until meat is tender. Using a slotted spoon, remove trotter from cooking liquid and when cool enough to handle, using your fingers, coarsely shred, discarding skin, bone and sinew. Strain cooking liquid through a muslin-lined sieve, place 800ml in a saucepan and simmer over medium-high heat for 30 minutes or until reduced by half, then set aside.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, combine turkey, trotter meat, garlic, shallots, parsley, vinegar, wine, minced pork and pistachios in a bowl, season to taste, cover in plastic wrap and set aside.
  • 4
    Preheat oven to 180C. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry on a lightly floured work surface to 4mm thick and line a lightly greased 22cm-diameter springform pan, allowing pastry to overhang. Spoon turkey mixture into pan and, using your fingers, press into an even layer. Roll remaining pastry to 4mm thick to form a 22cm-diameter pie lid. Brush overhanging pastry with egg wash, place lid on top, then, using the tines of a fork, press to seal. Trim edges of pastry with a sharp knife and pierce a small hole in the centre of lid. Brush with egg wash and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden. Cool to room temperature.
  • 5
    Using a funnel, pour a little reserved cooking liquid into pie hole, allowing liquid to absorb before adding more (you may not need it all). Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled, then remove from pan. Serve at room temperature with mustard fruits and salad.


Drink Suggestion: Beaujolais. Drink suggestion by Max Allen