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Homity Pie Recipe

A traditional English open vegetable pie, the pastry case contains a potato and onion & leek mixture, which is then covered with cheese - (apple adds interest, but isn't traditional).

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Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians


Equipment needed: 6 individual pie tins or foil dishes, or 1 x 20cm/8 in flan dish

Ingredients for 6 individual or 1 larger pie:

300g/10 oz Shortcrust Pastry
350g/12 oz Potatoes, peeled
250g/ ½ lb Onions, peeled and roughly-chopped
250g/ ½ lb Leeks, carefully-washed - then cut into pieces
45ml/3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
25g/1 oz Butter (plus a little to line the pie tins)
a small bunch of fresh Parsley
a large pinch a Thyme
300g/10 oz grated Cheddar Cheese
2 medium cloves of Garlic, peeled and finely-chopped
2 Crisp Dessert Apples (red if possible), cored and cut into pieces - but the skin left on
60ml/4 tablespoon Milk or Single Cream
2 Eggs, lightly-beaten
Salt and freshly-ground Black Pepper to taste
a pinch of Cayenne Pepper


Lightly butter the pie tins.
Roll out the pastry and line the pie tins. Chill the tins while you make the filling.
Boil or steam the potatoes until they're tender - then chop them into bite-sized pieces.
Sauté the chopped onions and leeks over a gentle heat in the vegetable oil, until they're soft. Add the apple pieces and mix in.
Add the garlic, followed by the potatoes, butter, parsley and thyme, the eggs, half the cheese and the milk.
Season with salt and pepper and combine the mixture well together.
The pies can be prepared in advance up to this stage.
Fill the pies and cover them with the remaining cheese.
Bake them in a pre-heated oven 220C/425F/Gas 7, for 20 minutes, or until golden.
Serve warm.

Reviews / Comments

( 5 out of 5 average rating)

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Wed 7th January 2015 by Tom P


What did you like about the Recipe?

Tastes amazing, cheesy, garlicky, hot with cayenne pepper and sweet crunch of apple. Delicious hot or cold.

I adjust the recipe slightly by adding a touch more garlic, vintage or a strong cheddar cheese, a mix of paprika and cayenne pepper to add a slightly more smoky flavour and cox apples for a sweeter crunch (don't over cook the apples they need a bit of bite).

Short crust pastry - So easy to make from scratch:

200g plain flour
110g Salted butter
Pinch of Salt
2-3 tbsp. of very cold water

Quickly rub flour and butter together to form a bread crumb constancy then add water bit by bit mixing until it forms a ball, do not over work and keep the pastry cool, wrap in cling film, refrigerate.

Prepare the rest of the recipe (skip the part about rolling out and lining tins until you have got the filling ready to go in the pie). Once the filling is ready, now roll the pastry and line a greased tin/dish, fill and cook.

Eat and enjoy!

What did you not like about the Recipe?

What's not to like, its amazing!

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Sun 10th August 2014 by Graham Davison


What did you like about the Recipe?

A tasty vegetarian dish for meat eaters at last! I've made it a couple of times and it improves with practice. I use spelt flour pastry because of a flour intolerance and soya instead of butter and milk but otherwise follow the recipe. Today we had 18 French and British friends for lunch and I have requests from both nationalities for the recipe.

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Tue 7th May 2013 by Sandra


What did you like about the Recipe?

The flavours are excellent. The filling is easy to make.
This has been made about 6 times with varied cheeses everyone has been successful. A mix of Castellane and Cheddar cheese is probably favourite

What did you not like about the Recipe?

The speed with which they vanish. I am yet to get a whole pie to myself.

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