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  • Seasonal recipe No 17 – Stilton, onion and potato pie

    Posted on October 23rd, 2009 Trish No comments

    Nigel Slater calls it ‘a cheesy pie to warm the soul’. It’s from his Kitchen Diaries book. And it doesn’t have to be Stilton – Cornish blue, Sue’s Trelawney – any fairly strong cheese will work just as well.

    Serves: 6stilton, onion and potato pie

    Preparation time: 30 minutes
    Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

    Ingredients
    1.5kg floury potatoes
    4 medium onions
    80g butter
    150ml milk
    225g Stilton or other cheese
    25g grated Parmesan

    Method
    Peel the potatoes, cut into halves or quarters and cook in boiling salted water until tender – about 15 minutes.

    While the potatoes cook, peel the onions and cut them in half, then cut each into five or six segments. Put them in a heavy-based frying pan with 40g of the butter and let them cook over a moderate to low heat, stirring from time to time. They will need 20-25 minutes to become thoroughly soft and sticky.

    Bring the milk to the boil and turn off the heat. Drain the potatoes, then tip them into the bowl of a food mixer, or mash them in the pan with a hand-held beater. Slowly add the milk and the remaining butter. Beat to a smooth mash.

    Set the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Butter the base and sides of a 28cm baking dish. Spoon in half the potato, smooth it a little, then add the onions and a grinding of black pepper. Crumble the cheese over the onions. Pile the rest of the mash over the top and smooth lightly with the back of a spoon.

    Dust over the grated Parmesan, then bake for 25-30 minutes, by which time the top will be pale gold and the filling will be bubbling up around the edges.

    Enough for 6 as a main dish with greens or a salad.

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