When it’s a Sunday in Berlin… and you have completely forgotten that supermarkets don’t open, the first thing you want to do is scream expletives. However, believe it or not, this approach doesn’t actually help. So instead I scrambled around the kitchen finding anything useful (and luckily some chicken I had bought on friday… sneaky!). With the right ingredients to make shortcrust pastry, some chicken, pesto, garlic, onions and parmesen I decided to make some open pasties.
The photo above is the uncooked version… it was just my favourite photo which is why I used it first! below, you can see the baked version. I added some balsamic vinegar to give it that tang!
So, how do you make them ? Find the recipe below. But in the scenario where you too are trapped with no food on a Sunday, or bank holiday, as long as you can make pastry and have a few bits and bobs to put inside, you’re fine! I couldn’t bear the thought of another kebab, as I have eaten about 10,000 since I arrived in Berlin.. and the initial novelty or cheap prices and a full stomach has warn off. As long as you have some onions and garlic.. and salt and pepper, whatever vegetables or meat you chuck in (as long as it isn’t off, obviously!), will taste lovely. A bit of vinegar also goes a long way!
100g butter, diced
- Sift the flour into a bowl with the butter. Use your fingertips to mix them together and make breadcrumb like consistency
- Add the salt and mix in thoroughly
- Mix it all with your whole hand until it creates a dough (add a dash of water if it’s too dry)
- Refrigerate for half an hour
Chicken & Pesto filling
2 small onions1 large chicken breast2 cloves garlica dash of white wine vinegar (or any other kind of vinegar)1 1/2 tbsp green pestopinch of salt1 tsp ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Place a pot on medium/high heat and add the olive oil and onions
- Once the onions are turning slightly golden add the garlic (chopped or crushed)
- Chop the chicken breast into small strips and add to the pot
- Season with salt, peper, and white wine vinegar
- Now add the green pesto and turn down the heat a little bit
- Cook until the chicken is no longer pink on the inside
- Roll out the pastry into the size of pasty you like – place some of the chicken in the middle of each and pull up the sides and crease together (like in the top photo)
- On a baking tray with greaseproof paper, pop the pasties into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes – until the pastry is crunchy
- Eat while watching a hilarious film like The end is now ( I love that film!!!)
I watched The End is Now with my flatmates while gobbling down the pasties… with a bit of chilli sauce (another addiction of mine). It is SO funny – not a family movie though, not for kids! If you haven’t heard of it, it is based in LA with celebrities like Seth Rogan, James Franco and Johan Hill playing themselves – Emma Watson also makes an appearance. They all experience the apocolypse, and their reaction to it is hilarious. WATCH IT!