Having dug all those potatoes up at the weekend, there was the odd casualty that I put the fork through, so I knew that I had to begin to use them up as soon as I could. I had a vague idea for a dinner of cheese and potato pie, an old school dinner recipe which the FH used to rave about from his school teaching days. But I had no idea what it actually looked like, so I had to have a search about on the web in a hurry this afternoon to find a recipe.
I found one on a forum attached to the Nigella website, and it worked a treat - the girls really loved it! It did make too much for the three of them for one dinner though, so they are happy to have it again tomorrow....
I cooked 2 lbs of potatoes, grated about 3/4 of a pound of cheese [it suggested a whole pound!] and beat 2 eggs with a splash of milk. I fried one onion in large rings, using a little oil. When the potatoes were cooked, I mashed them with a big knob of butter, and then beat in the egg/milk mixture, with a quarter of a teaspoon each of mustard powder and cayenne pepper. The onion and most of the cheese went in at this stage, although I kept a little to go on the top. It had about 20 minutes in the oven on 180C and then I popped it under the grill to brown up a bit for the last 5 minutes.
The onion was not in the original recipe, but who has cheese and potatoes without an onion?
I served it with lots of green veg and some carrots, and they soon cleaned their plates and had seconds. The serving suggestion was to accompany it with bacon, mushroom, tomatoes and baked beans, which sounded more like brunch to me. Maybe we'll try it that way another time. However, this was was thrifty, vegetarian and filling, and made with ingredients I had to hand - a winner all round.