There is an eighteenth-century recipe for this hot macaroni pie which differs very little from the slightly simpler nineteenth-century one given here. It is a quite outstanding dish for a dinner party and is best with a plain dressed lettuce salad.
Bring the cream just to the boil and stir it into the white sauce. In a large pie dish, put a layer of chicken and sprinkle some tongue, ham and mushrooms on top. Put in
Stand the dish in a baking tin filled with enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the dish.
Ten minutes before serving, remove the dish from the oven and sprinkle the browned top with the remaining
Put the hot pastry triangles on a separate dish and serve 2 with each helping of pie.
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