Homity pie

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Homity pie is a traditional open pie made with pastry, potatoes and cheese and it is satisfying, cheap and filling!  My recipe is based on one by lovefoodhatewaste.com, so also uses apples, but instead of using bacon I have added garlic for extra flavour.  The pastry (my second ever attempt!) is genuinely easy to make but a bit fiddly to roll out and line the tin.  It worked fine though and looked appealingly homemade!

Allow 30 mins prep/20-30 mins cooking and top off with grilling if you need to.  The pie is brilliant eaten warm or cut in to wedges for a picnic!

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As well as leftover potatoes you could also use up parsnips, carrots, broccoli or squash.  You could use blue cheese or goats cheese instead of cheddar and apples instead of pears.  Other alternative ingredients include bacon, ham, cooked chicken, chorizo, smoked haddock, smoked tofu or mushrooms.  For extra flavour try fresh herbs or a teaspoon of Dijon mustard (I will definitely add mustard next time!)  The pie can be frozen in portions then defrosted overnight in the fridge.

There are lots more useful recipes and waste-saving tips on lovefoodhatewaste.com.

Homity pie (serves 4-8 people)

150g plain flour
75ml sunflower oil (or vegetable oil)
50ml cold water
Salt and pepper
2 large potatoes, diced and cooked (don’t bother peeling – could also use parsnips/carrots)
1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large apple, chopped (don’t bother peeling)
75ml milk
100g (3oz) cheese, grated
1 egg, lightly beaten

Mix the flour, oil, water and a pinch of salt into a dough. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Then sprinkle with flour and roll out to ½ cm (¼in) thick, to line a lightly oiled or non-stick cake or baking tin.  Ensure you have enough spare to line the sides.
Meanwhile, add a dash of oil to a pan, add the onions, and stir regularly until they start to brown (about 7 mins). Add the garlic, apples and potatoes and cook a further 3-4 minutes, still stirring regularly.  Now add the milk, ¾ of the cheese, a little salt and pepper, stir for 1 minute then mix in the egg and put the mixture into the pastry-lined baking tin.
Top with the rest of the grated cheese and bake for 20-30 minutes in a preheated oven  at 180°C/Gas 6 until golden brown.  Top off under the grill to further brown the cheese if necessary.  Eat!

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