Vegetarian Homity Pie

Ingredients

     For the pastry

  • 125g/4oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 125g/4oz wholemeal flour
  • 150g/5oz butter
  • 1 organic egg, beaten

     For the filling

  • 850g/1lb 14oz floury potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters (use old potatoes rather than new)
  • 25g/1oz butter
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 3 onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 100g/3½oz spinach leaves
  • 175g/6oz mature cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 250ml/9fl oz double cream
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetarian Homity Pie

By Diana Earnshaw

Some of you might remember the 70s vegetarian revolution. Restaurants everywhere were offering their version of Homity Pie. It’s real comfort food, but absolutely delicious. The recipe below is the updated version from BBC Food (which I have altered a little).

Read about the health benefits of cheese.

Method

  1. Put the flour and butter in a food processor (or by hand) and blend until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg and pulse until the mixture just comes together as a dough. Bring the dough together and flatten into a round.
  2. Put the pastry in the centre of a 20cm/8in springform cake tin and carefully ease it over the base and up the sides of the tin.
  3. Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 15 minutes, or until just tender. Drain in a colander, tip back into the saucepan and cut into 3cm/1¼in pieces with a round-bladed knife.
  4. Melt the butter and oil in a frying pan and fry the onions gently for 15 minutes, or until soft and pale golden-brown. Add the garlic and cook for two further minutes, stirring regularly.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C (fan)/Gas 6.
  6. Add the onions and garlic to the potatoes and sprinkle with 100g/3½oz of the cheese and the parsley. Add the spinach leaves and season with nutmeg, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
  7. Spoon the filling mixture into the pastry case. Pour over the cream and allow it to drizzle down between the layers. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Place the tin on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and pale golden-brown.
  8. Leave the pie to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Remove the pie from the tin and place it on a serving plate. Cut into thick wedges with a sharp knife.

I would serve this with a side-salad.

For vegan options, use soya cream instead of double cream and vegan cheese. Use a vegan recipe for the pastry.