Recipe: 25 mins Homity Pies
Many years ago we often went to Covent Garden for our days out. We used to go regularly to shop, drink coffee, people watch and being as we were young - just 'be where you should be' in those days. Cranks had just opened their cafe and I immediately fell in love with these lovely rustic pies.
Taste and food knowledge has changed a bit over the years and I have adapted the recipe to our taste. Feel free to do the same - more garlic? chili flakes? or even chopped chorizo can be added. Once the basic little pie is mastered adapt to your taste too.
1. Chop the onions and cook slowly in olive oil until very soft, boil the potatoes until cooked.
2. When the onions and potatoes are cooked gently mix them together, add half of the grated cheese, the crushed garlic and some parsley. Fresh is best but dried is better than none. Add a tablespoon of milk.
3. Roll out the shortcrust pastry - recipe here
and line 6 little tins or one 8 inch straight sided tin.
4. Divide the potato and cheese mix between the tins. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the tops.
5. Cook in a pre-heated oven 200°C for 25 minutes.
6. Lovely in the summer served with salad and crusty bread in the garden with friends.
Note: Normally I make the pastry for these lovely little pies with half wholemeal flour pastry - just use 4 ozs of wholemeal and 4 ozs of white. It's nice and slightly 'nutty' and I think it adds to the homely, rustic look. Vary the appearance of the pies by folding the pastry part way over the filling for a hand made look.
Hope you like them - let me know .... :~)