Homemade Butter Pie

Made just the way the dinner ladies did...

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Step 1:

  • Peel and quarter the potatoes. Thinly chop into slices around 5mm thick.
  • Step 2:

  • Peel and chop onion into strips (can be chunky or thin)
  • Step 3:

  • Fry potatoes in a little butter for 5 mins until coated but not cooked
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  • Layer the potato slices in a casserole dish and top with the raw onion slices.
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  • With the flour and salt in a mixing bowl, add the cubed butter and rub with fingertips until ‘breadcrumb’ texture is reached.
  • Step 8:

  • With a little water, mix into a dough like mixture (add a little extra flour if dough becomes sticky).
  • Step 9:

  • Roll out on a floured surface into a circle large enough to cover the top of the potatoes and onions.
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  • Place dough in casserole dish over the potatoes and onions. Cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celcius for 30 minutes until cooked through and pastry browns. Serve with gravy, steamed veg, or simply on its own!
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  • Tip: sprinkle salt over the onions to bring out the sugar in the onions. This helps them caramelise and give a sweet taste.
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  • Tip: Brush the pastry with a little milk before cooking to glaze.
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  • NB: Margarine is a good substitute for butter if the ‘buttery’ flavour is used.