I have really fond memories of this wonderful cheese and potato pie as my Nan used to make this for me alot and especially when i used to go on school trips. So while everyone was having there soggy ham sandwiches i was tucking into this great pie!! Still takes me back even now!!
GLUTEN FREE CHEESE AND POTATO PIE (WITH DAIRY FREE VEGAN OPTION)
- Shortcrust pastry you can make your own or shop bought is fine or see my recipe for gluten free pastry recipe that can be made dairy free too if you are gluten free. You will need a bit of flour to roll it out. You will need a pie dish or pie plate and depending on the depth or size will depend on how much pastry and filling you will need? I would suggest about 750g as a guide as you will need a top and a bottom.
- 4-6 Potatoes medium/large size potatoes depending on the size of them peeled. Also if you have a deep pie dish you will need more or very large potatoes!
- 250 g of mature cheese grated and can use dairy free cheese if making dairy free
- 1 large white onion chopped into thin slices
- Salt and pepper
- 1 egg if you are vegan you could use a milk alternative to wash your pastry
- Take your potatoes and peel them and if you have a processor I run them through the slicing attachment, if not slice them into thin slices. Place these in a microwave dish with a splash of water and a good pinch of salt. Cook these until they are cooked through and drain any water off.
- Roll out your pastry and take your pie dish and cut a generous circle around it to allow for placing the pastry inside and overlapping and hanging over the edge.
- Layer your potatoes and then a layer of onion slices and then a layer of grated cheese. Repeat the same again. I normally get two layers.
- Take an egg and beat together in a small bowl. Run a small layer of egg wash around the rim of the pie edge in order to glue the pastry bottom and top together. (If you are vegan you could use a milk alternative here to wash your pastry and stick your pastry together.)
- Place the lid of the top of the pastry ontop of the pie then press down with your finger or thumb around the rim to seal the pie. Then take a knife and trim off the pastry to form a neat edge.
- Take your egg wash and brush over the top of the pie and make a small hole in the top of the pie. You can decorate the pie if you wish with any excess pastry you have over.
- Bake in the oven near the top in a preheated oven at 180’c (fan assisted) for approximately 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Here are some items that you might find helpful. Pyrex glass plates or pie dishes are brilliant additions to your cupboards! Also I just love these pyrex glass roasting trays. These can be used for so many things, and i use them for practically anything that i would put on a baking tray. They cook things beautifully and clean so much better than any baking tray and have a much longer shelf life!! I think they are just brilliant and clean beautifully in the dishwasher too….
My food processor is my workhorse in the kitchen and i would not be without it and there is so much you can do with it! Once you start using it properly you will not go back. I would really recommend getting a good one though with some power behind it as it will last and you will reap the rewards too. I use mine everyday and it sits on the side. I do have the large version but i do cook! it does come with three different size bowls but you may choose one to suit your household size etc. So everything from cakes and batters to salads and chopping and slicing potatoes and grating its effortless! Making hummus and sauces and marinades etc. The options are endless. Bread etc is also possible so do not overlook a good mixer.