Saturday, 21 January 2012

Recipe - Cheese, Onion and Potato Pie

Over this dinner, my friends were joking about what I'd say in my first paragraph. Since nothing inflammatory or gossip worthy had happened, my friend suggested I make something up. Now, far be it for me to deny Patrick Marber's words of wisdom ('lying's the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off'), but I quite like my nose but fear I'm on the cusp of sprouting a Pinocchio beak because of how much (necessary) lying I did as an adolescent. So instead, some boring and faintly ridiculous truths from this week:

1. I convinced myself I'd given myself sinus problems 4 lyf but then I took some antibiotics and everything was fine.
2. I went to the Bodleian library for the first time ever this week. It is AMAZING and I don't know why more people don't sound excited about going.
3. I finally watched The Breakfast Club and think the kiss between Molly Ringwald and the cool guy is the hottest on screen kiss ever.

Cheese Potato and Onion Pie with a kind of pan-gratin 
This fed five.
1 ready rolled sheet of puff pastry
2 really big potatoes, peeled and chopped into small cubes and sprinkled with salt
2 really big onions, very finely sliced
1 tsp thyme
300g grated mature cheddar cheese
5 tbsp milk
Black pepper

Fry the onions on a medium heat in plenty of oil until soft and melty but not coloured (about 15 minutes).
Remove from heat and add the cheese, milk and potatoes and mix to combine.
Sprinkle over the thyme and a liberal grinding of black pepper and stir well.
Place half the mixture on one side of the puff pastry and fold the pastry over the top. Seal the edges by folding over and make a couple of slits on the top.
Place in the oven for half an hour at 200 until crisp and brown.
Return the remaining mixture to a medium heat and cover. Stir very frequently to prevent sticking or burning but always re-cover after doing so.
Add a little water to loosen half way through cooking (after about 15 minutes if necessary.
Once the potatoes are done, remove from heat (about 30 minutes). It will look like a creamy, cheesy, browned but still quite dry mixture.

I served this with some green beans, peas and red pepper dressed in wholegrain mustard and honey.

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