Cupboard cooking: Potato, cheese and onion pasty recipe

As our outside exposure is rightly being limited at the moment, we have all found ourselves (one hopes) in the predicament of 'cupboard cooking'. Basically, we are creatively utilising the bits and bobs we have at home in our cupboards and freezers, rather than thinking up exotic meals that require a visit to food markets or shops.

This week I created the British classic: potato, cheese and onion pasties. They require so few ingredients and they are definitely the types of things lots of people have in storage, so I thought I'd share the recipe here to spread a cheerful bit of inspo:

1 sheet puff pastry (ready made, unless you have the flour and butter to create your own)
4 potatos
2 onions
1 small block mature cheese
Olive oil
Table pepper

How to
1. Begin by defrosting your pastry at room temperature
2. Chop the potatoes and place in a pan
3. Fill the pan with cool water, almost covering the potatoes, and boil
4. Chop the onions and place in a frying pan - add oil (for frying) and some grated peppercorns
5. Grate your cheese
6. Once the potatoes are soft, drain the water and add some butter
7. As you begin mashing the potatoes, slowly add the cheese - it will make the consistency perfect for mashing (tip: add some milk if the mixture is too dry - I didn't have any milk, so the cheese worked perfectly well)
8. Once mashed and combined, add the onions and stir through
9. Roll out your pastry sheet and cut into four rectangles
10. In each rectangle, half-fill with mashed mixture and then fold over the empty side, pricking the top with a fork to let out steam and crimping the edges shut
11. Bake for 20 minutes and 180degrees

Enjoy! P.S. some more quick and easy recipes with minimal ingredients can be found here.

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