Mashed potato pie with bacon, leeks and cheese

Mashed potato pie with bacon, leeks and cheese
  • Serves icon Serves 4-6
  • Time icon Hands on time 20 minutes, cooking time 55-65 minutes

Take mash potato to a whole new level of greatness in this pie recipe; combine your favourite side dish with bacon, leeks and cheese and bake until golden.

Want to make it vegetarian? Just leave out the bacon for a just-as-good winter warmer.

Nutrition: For 6

Calories
344kcals
Fat
17.7g (8.5g saturated)
Protein
13.8g
Carbohydrates
34.5g (5.3g sugars)
Fibre
5.7g
Salt
0.9g
Calories
344kcals
Fat
17.7g (8.5g saturated)
Protein
13.8g
Carbohydrates
34.5g (5.3g sugars)
Fibre
5.7g
Salt
0.9g

Ingredients

  • 1 kg floury potatoes, such as king edward or maris piper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 450g leeks, finely sliced
  • 80g bacon or pancetta, diced
  • 30g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 250ml milk or single cream
  • 1 medium free-range egg, beaten
  • Large handful of fresh flatleaf parsley, leaves chopped
  • Generous pinch of paprika
  • 90g firm cheese, such as gruyère, grated

Method

  1. Halve or quarter the potatoes so they’re all about the same size. Put in a large pan, add cold water to cover, salt well and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan over a low heat. Add the onion and leeks and fry for 10 minutes until soft. Add the bacon or pancetta and fry for 3-5 minutes until browned. Season to taste and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5. Drain the potatoes well and mash coarsely, mixing in the butter and milk. Season well and add the egg. Stir to combine.
  4. Stir in the leek mixture, parsley, paprika and half the cheese, then use to fill a 24cm buttered casserole. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese and bake in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes until well browned. Serve immediately.

delicious. tips

  1. Freeze the finished, uncooked dish. Cook from frozen, covered with foil, for 20 minutes, then uncover and cook for 20-30 minutes until piping hot throughout.

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