There’s little better than a pile of buttery mashed potato.
Unless of course you stir through fried onions, masses of grated cheese and then bake it until there’s a crispy top.
And then you end up with the glorious thing that is cheese and potato pie.
This started out as my mother-in-law’s recipe but I tweaked a few things. Though we still serve it her way – with gammon and green beans – it also makes a pretty good side to sausages too.
Start off with boiling a huge pile of potatoes in salted water – Maris Pipers are good for mashing. They’re ready when you can pierce them easily with a knife, about 15-20 minutes depending on how big you’ve cut your potatoes. You could also add in a couple of parsnips if you wanted to, they add a sweetness that’s really tasty.
While they’re boiling away, fry a couple of sliced (not diced!) onions in oil. Do this relatively slowly, you’re not going to caramelise them in any way but you want them to turn lovely and soft and translucent. Grate a fat chunk of extra mature cheddar. Sneakily eat some off the board too.
Once your potatoes have been drained, return them to the pan and sit them on the turned off but still hot hob for a couple of minutes to dry them out slightly. Chuck in a good knob of butter, season well and mash them up. Continue reading “Cheese and potato pie”