Saint Stephen’s Day Pie
"Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephens!”
Have you ever sung this popular Christmas carol and thought, who’s this Stephen, and why does he have a feast? It is in fact, the celebration of Saint Stephen’s Day, December 26th, the second day of Christmastide in the Catholic Church. It is popularly observed in countries like Ireland, Germany, Ukraine, Italy, and a few other places.
In the UK and several other countries formerly in the British Empire, that day is known as Boxing Day. What exactly do people do on Boxing Day? I’m glad you asked. It’s very similar to the American Black Friday, that is, it’s a big shopping day, with sales aplenty. Another big part of this holiday is the sporting, as many different leagues have important games on this day.
Who would want to cook a fancy dinner, one day after Christmas, after a big shop, when all you want to do is watch the game? That’s where the Saint Stephen’s Day Pie comes in. It is, in fact, the perfect leftovers dinner. Since in most parts of the English speaking world, turkey, and or ham, are fixtures at Christmas dinner, this pie utilizes those ingredients. Plus, a little mashed potatoes and gravy, for good measure. It’s quick, easy, and delicious.
4 cups Mashed Potatoes
1 cup Leftover Turkey (cubed or shredded)
1 cup Leftover Ham (cubed or shredded)
2 cup Mushrooms (chopped)
1/2 Onion (minced)
2 cloves Garlic (minced)
1 cup Turkey Gravy (or more, as needed)
Salt & Pepper to Taste
2 tsp Marjoram or Other Herbs
1 Tbls butter or Vegetable Oil
Optional: Other Leftover Vegetables, Such as Peas, Carrots, or Brussel Sprouts
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a medium-sized cast iron skillet melt butter, add onions and garlic. Cook until translucent. Add mushrooms and cook until soft and aromatic. Add turkey and ham, and any other leftover vegetables. Add gravy, herbs, and spices to taste. Make sure that there is enough gravy for the ingredients to stick together. Turn off heat, and evenly flatten your filling.
In a separate pan, place leftover mashed potatoes, add a little water and heat to soften. When soft, remove from heat and evenly distribute over the pie filling.
Put cast iron skillet into the oven. Cook for 25 minutes, or until the top is becoming browned and gravy is bubbling at the edges. Serve hot.