Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cheese, Onion & Potato Pie

Have you noticed that the category of comfort food almost always involves one or more of the following:

1. Creamy
2. Cheesy
3. Chocolaty
4. Lots of gravy or soupy
5. Greasy

It was raining all day and I just craved some comfort food in its pure, unadulterated form. I had 2 options: Go Chocolate or Go Carbo (sounds like a Road Block from The Amazing Race, heh).

Carbo won this round.

Again, I referred to Jo Pratt's cookbook. I referenced her recipe for a Cheese, Onion & Potato Pie. It uses ingredients that I already had on hand, and the thought of tucking in to a hot casserole of cheesy, gooey, creamy mash sounded REALLY appealing.

The recipe called for 1 tsp of mustard which I didn't have. Instead of omitting it, I replaced it with 1 tsp of wasabi - of the tube variety, of course. I wish I had real grated wasabi but I am only a plebian with no access to such luxuries. Wistful sigh.

Still, it was good. Wasabi is always good. I love adding it to my mayo whenever I make salads. They give a beautiful dimension to dips and pastes.

Anyway, the sight of bubbling hot mash in my tiny oven was so seductive I couldn't resist taking a photo.

My casserole runneth over ... almost!

Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and this pie passed with flying colours. I almost didn't want to share it with my daughter (another fan of potatoes) but motherly love saved the day. Thank goodness my 2 sons are fans of rice!

The word on the casserole says it all. DELICIOUS, indeed.

(adapted from Jo Pratt's In the Mood for Food)
- 750g potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 40g butter
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 100ml milk
- 200g mature cheeses, grated (I used a mix of white cheddar, red cheddar and mozza)
- 1 tsp wholegrain or English mustard (which I subbed with wasabi)
- ea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 to 3 tomatoes, sliced
* Optional: This is essentially a vegetarian dish but you can add other ingredients too - like leftovers!

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.

2. Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 15-20 mins or until tender.
* I boiled them, skins on, in a pressure cooker. Didn't add any salt. And they were perfect after 10mins. I just peeled off the skins after they were slightly cooled.

3. While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a pan and gently saute the onion until lightly golden and sweet. This will take about 10mins. Add the milk to the pan and heat until almost boiling.

4. Drain the potatoes and return to the pan. Mash really well with a potato masher, and then beat in the milk and onion, three-quarters of the cheese, the mustard and some seasoning.
* As I mentioned, I used wasabi instead of the mustard. I don't own a potato masher, so I used the backs of 2 forks.

5. Transfer to a buttered oven proof dish, scatter over the remaining cheese and lay the tomato slices on top.
* Since I used really small cherry tomatoes, I cut them in halves and planted them into the mash.

6. Bake for 20 to 25 mins until the top is bubbling and lightly golden.


PS: I borrowed 5 cookbooks from the library, and already my daughter has flagged numerous pages with post-its. "I want you to make these!" was her order. I am making them one by one. The things we do for our kids. But hey, fodder for my blog, so I ain't complaining. LOL!


  1. This is real yummy with adding wasabi into it. I can tell from the colour of the pie, looks great :D

  2. Just by looking at the colour of the pie, I know this pie must taste good, yummy yummy.

  3. I like how you scooped out right where it says delicious.

  4. mmmmmm gooey and cheesy. Just the way I like it. This sounds so delicious. Too bad you just post this recipe now if I not I for sure will make this for our Thanksgiving. Maybe the next time :)

  5. I am practically salivating in front of my laptop right now. :) I've always wanted to make potato pie, but never had the chance, and the mozzarella cheese here is very expensive.

    Anyway, scrumptious!

  6. Yes yes yes!! Amazing. A must try!!

  7. Wow, looks great! I can almost smell it!

  8. I almost always go carbo plus cheese for comfort - this has everything that I (and, unfortunately, my hips!) love. mmmmmm

  9. yummy, great for cool weather and i adore how you took the shot the the word delicious on the bowl!

  10. I love the colour, so sunny, potatoes, cheese, mustard, all I like, a wonderfull pie !

  11. Ju, you're making me drool once again before bedtime though I've just had my dinner LOL!!

    Ahh ... Haven't made savory tarts/pies for a long time ... Thanks for reminding me! =)


  12. And my comfort food usually involves the word "starchy", hahaha

  13. Ju, Ju, Ju.... stop taking up all this space in my "to be cooked" file...

    and how do you do such perfect photos post after post after post!

  14. Hi Ju, Looks amazing. Makes me wanna grab my tobasco sauce and dig in..mmm

  15. This looks SO good. I am putting it on my long list of things to make. What will happen when my son is old enough to request things! Such cheesy potato-y goodness.

  16. Mamma mia che delizia, una bella idea ,complimenti.

    Ciao Daniela.

  17. un sel mot magnifique, j'aime beaucoup ta recette
    à bientôt

  18. wow che bella! i colori sono meravigliosi! le foto sono bellissime e la ricetta una delizia! baci!

  19. Mmmm...comfort food indeed. This looks delicious. It is getting cold here in Canada and I could use a recipe like yours. The wasabi was an interesting addition. I would have never thought of that. Thanks for sharing this.

  20. You've made it to perfection! I also borrowed Pratt's ITMF, but wasn't too impressed by the recipes I've tried out. Loved the design of the book, though!

    Oh, 1 question. What's the size of the dish you used? I'd like to give this a try for the mister, and since I don't eat cheese, it's gonna be a serving for one (or two, if it's his hungry day). Is it okay to halve the recipe?

  21. How cute is this?

    Just got home a couple of hours ago.. and got a bit organized not catching up on DELICIOUS things!!

    Carbs win w/ me..Ju..this looks grand!!How cute your daughter is proof reading:)

    She must be JU...lia Child's Editor:)

  22. Thank you, everyone, for your lovely comments!

    ovenhaven: Just halve the recipe and it can feed 1 generously. As for the dish size, I just used the one I think would hold all the mash ;) I don't have an exact size, but I would say make sure it is deep enough (you can also use a ramekin - to make sure the bubbling doesn't cause any spillage. HTH, dearie!

  23. comfort food indeed ju!
    hahaha. your daughter's cute!
    can i send over a cook book and bookmark them too? :P

  24. Oh Ju how cld I have missed such golden splendour! Thats exactly what it looks like. YUMMM

    You did 2 posts in a row....I must be getting old. okay...I mean really OLD. heh...LOL

  25. Felicia: LOL, in return, can you make me some creme brulee and macarons?? ;)

    Zurin: Thank you! :) I post when I have something to share, and since we have been getting wet weather (and so we all stay in), I cook and blog lah. Heh! ;)

  26. Hi Ju
    Looks yummy...I like the casserole..so nice with the word Delicious on it...

    Where you bot it...

    Wow seems like you have daily nice dishes...ever tot of opening a restaurant or cooking school?

    I am hungry...

  27. oh! The cheese....... your food porn is killing me!

  28. OH how yummmy and so perfect for our bitter cold weather this week! So glad I've worked my way back into your archives, as I missed this recipe the last time I was visiting!

  29. I made this with shredded chicken and it was delicious!!! Pure comfort food. I'm 1500 miles away from home so I needed that!

  30. Nice dish , looks even better if theres seafood like prawns inside.