Crusty Cheddar Pies

3 min read
This recipe has been designed to be made ahead and frozen - a family-friendly batch pie, with cheesy mashed potato atop hidden broccoli, leeks, and celery.

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

Cooking Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 500g slim young leek, thickly sliced
  • 300g broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 3 celery sticks, de-stringed and sliced
  • 1½ kg floury potato, cut into even-sized chunks
  • 85g butter
  • 170g 0% fat Greek yoghurt
  • 850ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 75g plain flour
  • 2 tsp English mustard
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 300g pack mature cheddar, finely grated
  • A handful of frozen peas

Method:

  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil. Put the leeks, broccoli, and celery in a large steamer. Add the potatoes to the water and cook for 20 mins, with the vegetables steaming on top, until all are tender. Drain the potatoes, then mash with plenty of seasoning, 25g of the butter, and all the yogurt.

  2. While the veg cooks, pour the milk into a pan, add the flour, both mustards, and remaining butter, and cook over a medium heat, whisking all the time, until smooth and thickened. Stir in half the cheese and season. Remove from heat.

  3. Divide the steamed veg and peas between 8 individual pie dishes. Pour over the sauce and top with the mash, then sprinkle over the remaining cheese.

  4. Pack into freezer bags and use within 3 months. To serve, unwrap and put the dishes on a baking tray in the cold oven, then set to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas 6. Bake for 50-55 mins until bubbling and hot all the way through.

Credit: Sara Buenfeld