Today i had a chance to make another Jamie Oliver "30 Minute Meal". I should put extra quotes around 30 minutes because that's a total lie. Maybe it takes thirty minutes if you have a whole kitchen staff working prep for you, but by myself I'd say it took me a good hour, and I didn't do the Carrot Mash or the Dessert. Obviously I can cut the time way down next time when I know what I'm doing, but there's still no way I could add in two more things and still eke it out in 30 minutes. Impossible.
So in other words, other than the actual chicken pie, I made the peas with lettuce. I couldn't find the lettuce specified in the recipe, so I substituted baby cos lettuce hearts, and I have to say, the peas turned out really well. I think if I were making the pie again, I'd actually add them straight into the pie filling because there were a few times when the two mixed on my plate and it was total heaven. I also didn't have fresh mint on hand so I substituted some dill since it seemed like a nice "fresh tasting" herb.
For the pie, I determined that green onions are equivalent to shallots here. I bought a huge bunch, and thought I would have to many to add, but it cooks down so much I think I'll put all of them in next time. I don't particularly like mushrooms, so instead of those I put in potatoes which I boiled before hand.
The result was incredible. I would rate it 9/10. The crust was a little undercooked underneath because I forgot to preheat the oven until like 5 minutes before I was supposed to put the pie in, so that's a lesson learned. Maybe with a little tweaking I can get it up to 10/10. Jamie said the nicest thing anyone has ever said about my food: "The flavors in that were like a fine dining restaurant." Awww.
Anyway, definitely a good one. We'll be adding it to our regular rotation along with Jamie Oliver's sweet potato mash. Super good.