Jamie Oliver has helped me reach pie nirvana!

Jamie Oliver has helped me reach pie nirvana!

When I was a kid, all my mother had to do was say “pot pie” and I was absolutely ecstatic. I loved pot pies—chicken, beef, lamb, fish—if it was a pot pie, then I wanted it. Especially on chilly days when the warming goodness of a pot pie was like a slice of heaven in my belly. My mother only made pot pies during the autumn and the winter. Once spring came—even if it was still cold, pot pie season was over.

Now that I am an adult, I can eat pot pies whenever I want (and I do). But it took a while to find just the right recipe. The one my mom used, which was from an old Betty Crocker cookbook, was good, but it wasn’t perfect. Sometimes the filling felt too heavy and my attempts at finding the right blend of herbs didn’t always work.

Jamie Oliver, the man with the near-perfect pie.

Jamie Oliver, the man with the near-perfect pie.

Then one winter evening, I happened to be flipping through the channels and stumbled upon Jamie Oliver’s Christmas preparation program. The episode in question just happened to feature suggestions on what to do with leftover turkey. Which was perfect! We’d just celebrated Thanksgiving and we had two kilos of leftover turkey meat in our freezer. And what did he suggest?

Jamie's turkey & sweet leek pie. Photo credit: jamieoliver.com

Jamie’s turkey & sweet leek pie. Photo credit: jamieoliver.com

A pot pie!

Oh my heart soared. Turkey and sweet leek pie…I memorised everything!  His recipe called for leeks, which I also had at home. It also called for crème fraîche, which I didn’t have but I figured I could pick up the next day.

While I was at the grocery store, I decided to change the recipe a bit. I couldn’t find chestnuts, so I decided to leave them out. It’s not easy to find chestnuts here in Sweden–people don’t really seem to know what to do with them so stores only carry them for a very short period of time. And I thought adding bacon felt a little like overkill–I know, how could I say this? I love bacon! But it just didn’t feel like it would add much, so I skipped it. Instead, I added white wine, wild mushrooms and chopped kale to the pie filling. Tord made the pie crust and added sage and grated parmesan cheese to the dough.

We popped the pie in the oven and waited anxiously for it to finally be done. The pie needed around 40-45 minutes to get the perfect golden crust. And when it was ready….oh…that pie was wonderful.

My heavenly pie! Photo credit: Me!

My heavenly pie! Photo credit: Me!

I think I’ll be making this pie no matter the weather (well, maybe not during the summer–all I want to do then is barbecue chicken and beef). But I tell you–this pie is truly heavenly. And if you want to make your own version of it–just take Jamie’s recipe and–at the same time as you sauté the leeks–sauté the veggies you love and then add the turkey or chicken. Once you do that, add the white wine…don’t skip that step. So follow, Jamie’s recipe and tweak it  with your favourite little tidbits. You will reach pie nirvana too. 🙂



  1. YUM! Kim! I am a pot pie lover myself and it’s one of my oldest’s favorite dinner nights! Your pie looks absolutely devine. I can totally see trying this out with some of our own favorite ingredients. THANK YOU! 🙂

  2. Susan Scott Shelley says:

    Wow – your pie turned out looking so professional! I’m beyond impressed 🙂
    I love Jamie’s recipes. My mom and grandmom used to make pot pies. I’ve never attempted it, but I’m now tempted to try 🙂

  3. That crust is beautiful! I’m married to the guy who wants pot pies year round – a challenge in Arizona temps, but definitely plan to try this recipe soon! Thanks!

    • Felicia, Tord made a regular pie crust dough, but he added some sage and parmesan cheese. Before you put the pie in the oven, you brush the top of it with egg. That helps it get the right surface and color. You could also brush it with milk for same result. 🙂

  4. Jamie Oliver taught me to cook. I am such a fan of his – simple recipes, great ingredients and results you can count on. His Yorkshire puddings are foolproof

  5. I *love* pot pie. It’s funny, I certainly know who Jamie Oliver is, and I’ve probably seen his show in the UK, but I’ve never really paid attention. Not sure why. This sounds amazing! And I’ll be paying closer attention to him. =)

  6. Dang! Now I’m starving and craving pot pie.

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