Friday, November 20

English Potato Pie

English style pies are the best pies out there. They are yummy, savory, and make great dinners. Many parts of England serve different style pies, most are filled with a base ingredients such as a meat or vegetable the held together with a herb and moist binding.

This is one of my favorite pies, its base is potato, mixed with caramelized onions, and topped with juicy tomatoes. Serve this on a cold night when the air is crisp and your up for a little English comfort. Traditionally this is made with bacon, however I like using ham to make it. It is a great way to use up holiday left overs!

Serves 6-8
Full time: 1 hour 15 minutes

The needs-

9" pie shell
1 large onion, sliced
3 small tomatoes, sliced
4 oz diced ham  (or bacon if going the traditional route)
2 cups mashed potatoes, if they are left over slightly warm them 
1 cup shredded cheddar
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt

The know-

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large saute pan, melt butter and oil together over medium heat. Add in sliced onions and allow them to cook for 5 minutes.

Add in sugar, pepper, and salt. Continue to cook down for 5-8 minutes or until they begin to brown.

Once they begin to brown, add in diced ham and cook until onions are soft and golden. About another 5 minutes.

Once browned, move them to the pie shell.

In a large bowl place mashed potatoes and mix with shredded cheddar.

Spread potato mixture over the top of onion mixture in the pie shell.

Now just top with sliced tomatoes, give them a little press down to ensure they stick.

Place pie in oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until rust is golden.