Saturday, 14 October 2017

Potato, corn and pea pot pies

These pot pies were a result of a conversation to make sure these were child-friendly.  I saw an interesting idea for a creamy carrot and bean pot pie on Minimalist Eats.  While it appealed to me me, it seemed a bit sophisticated for kids.  So I had a chat to Sylvia to work out what vegies she would eat in a pot pie.

These are pot pies that reminds me of childhood comfort food.  It is interesting that the vegies she chose were ones that I had quite often as a child: potato, corn and carrots.  The cheese sauce is the one that my mum used to make for our regular cauliflower cheese.  And who doesn't love anything served under a blanket of pastry.

Actually I found that Sylvia wasn't so keen on the pastry on the pot pies.  She liked the filling but had to eat her pastry lid separately.  Yet it was a good meal to serve on the Friday that the school holidays started when Spring was just starting to show her head but the chill was still in the air.

I am sending these pies to Meat Free Mondays and Eat Your Greens

More comforting pies on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Homity pies
Macaroni cheese pies
Spaghetti pie (v)
Vegetable cheese pie
Will's farmhouse (mini) pies

Potato, corn and pea pot pies
An original Green Gourmet Giraffe recipe
Makes 3-4 depending on the size of your ramekins

400g tin corn, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups diced and cooked potato
1 sheet of 25 x 25cm ready rolled puff pastry

Cheese sauce:
1 heaped dessertspoon of butter
2 dessertspoons of wholemeal flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 tsp salt and pepper mix
1/4 tsp seeded mustard
1 generous cup of grated cheese
small handful each parsley and baby leeks or chives

Preheat oven to 220 C.  (If you haven't cooked the potatoes, do this while you make the cheese sauce.)

First make the cheese sauce.  Fry the butter and flour over medium heat a few minutes in a frypan or large sauce pan until it smells cooked and might have changed colour slightly.  Turn the heat to low and gradually stir in the milk.  Bring to the boil and mix in the seasoning, mustard, cheese, parsley and chives.  When the cheese melts, turns off the heat.  Gently stir in the corn, peas and potato.

Spoon mixture into ramekins.  Cover with pastry.  I just cut the pastry into quarters and let it hand over the edges of the ramekins for E and me.  Sylvia wanted to cut hers into a circle by tracing it on the ramekin (before the filling went in) and then we used some of the scraps to decorate the pastry.  Use a knife to make a few slits for the air to get out.  Bake about 20-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.  These are really hot straight out of the oven so can do with sitting for 10-15 minutes.

NOTES: These could be made vegan by using vegan puff pastry, vegan butter, vegan milk and vegan cheese such as bio cheese.  Alternately you could use your favourite vegan cheese sauce.

On the stereo:
Born Sandy Devotional: The Triffids


  1. These are so pretty including the pots. I'm sure they were tasty too, and I would love them in this season. I'm planning making a savoury pie later today too.

  2. Tis the season of pies and pot pies, I do like them. Your blanket square pasty lid made me smile. I made it once like that for the cafe as I thought it would save on puff pastry waste when making round shapes and some commented to others that it was lazy presentation, made me a little mift. Anway, I hope to feature some on my blog too and those bowls look autumnal, gorgeous and very retro. At least Sylvia ate the filling which is a good thing.

  3. I was just saying the other day, to Mr Bite, that I should make pot pies again. This looks like a simple classic version and a bonus if Sylvia is a fan (I just read your comment on my pinwheel post :-) ). I love your ramekins too.

  4. The pot pies look really good. The weather at the moment is quite cool so it's the perfect time to be eating pies - so warming! xx

  5. That really does look good! I love the lid of pastry-I often think that it's my favourite part! :D

  6. I have never made pot pies before. I haven't had one in years but every time I see them I want one. Yours looks so good! I may have to play around with a curry pot pie soon. :)

  7. The cheese sauce sounds great - you could put anything you wanted to into these pies. Your ramekins are gorgeous!

  8. Seeing your pies is making me hungry. With the cold weather setting in here, pies have to be the ultimate comfort food.... and pot pies make them so straight forward. Love your fillings too.... always a sucker for corn! x


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