Cheese, onion and potato pasties


  • 300g/10½oz potatoes, cooked and cut into cubes

  • 300g/10½oz fresh curd cheese

  • 150g/5oz mature Lancashire cheese

  • 1 onion, finely chopped and fried with a little oil until soft

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 packs (6 large sheets) ready-rolled puff pastry

  • 1 free-range egg, beaten, for egg wash

  • butter, for greasing

For the basil buttered vegetables
  • 200g/7oz unsalted butter

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

  • assorted seasonal vegetables (carrot, asparagus, snow peas, spinach)

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  2. Combine the potato, curd cheese, Lancashire cheese and fried onion in a bowl, and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Cut out 12 x 15cm/6in circles from the puff pastry.

  4. Divide the cheese, potato and onion mixture equally among the centres of six of the pastry circles, leaving a clean edge around each circle.

  5. Brush around the edge of each pastry circle with the egg wash and place another pastry circle on top.

  6. Press down around the edges to create a crimped seal and brush all over with egg wash.

  7. Place onto a greased baking sheet and transfer to the oven to bake for 20 minutes, until crisp and golden-brown.

  8. For the basil buttered vegetables, place the butter and basil into a food processor and blend to combine.

  9. Boil or steam the vegetables until tender, then place into a bowl.

  10. Add the basil butter and mix to melt and coat the vegetables.

  11. To serve, place a pasty onto each of six plates and serve a spoonful of vegetables alongside.

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