My mum used to make this for us when I was a kid – I think it’s quite possibly one of my favourite recipes ever. I’m not sure if she knows that… Actually, I think I’ve had drunken conversations with her when I’ve slurred my appreciation for it, so it’s all ok. I have expressed my gratitude for it. Anyway, it’s one of those recipes I pretty much know off by heart, and which I don’t really alter any time I do it. It’s quick and simple, and brilliant comfort food.
250g puff pastry
1 onion, chopped
175g mushrooms, chopped in a similar fashion
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp marmite
3 slices worth of breadcrumbs
50g cheese, grated
1 small egg, lightly beaten
Sauté the onion and mushrooms in a little olive oil until the juices start to run. Remove from heat and stir in the basil, pepper & marmite; then add the breadcrumbs and cheese, and lastly the egg.
Roll out the pastry to about the size of your baking tray. Fold in half along the long edge to make a crease, then fold one of those halves over again and cut diagonal slashes in it. Unfold and lalala you have little arrow shapes like > > > in your pastry.
Pile the filling on the other side, wet the edges, fold the > > > side over the top of the filling and mush the edges together so they stick and seal. Brush with milk (for a glaze) and bung in the oven for 20-25 mins until pretty and golden.
(Alternatively, divide pastry and make cute little pasties, bake for a bit less time then freeze individually for ready meal goodness.)
Now, discussions. The cheese only needs to be cheddar or somesuch… did think about experimenting with stilton but the marmite gives it enough of a salty kick, so I don’t think it’s necessary. Also, is a bit of over-complication for something which is supposed to be down-to-earth and, umm, uncomplicated.
Oh 3 slices of bread is about 100g. If that makes much of a difference. And you’ll only be using half a block of bought puff pastry, so you can use the rest to make cheese straws/other pastry-based snacks. In fact I’m considering mince pies… I have at least one jar of mincemeat in the cupboard that I failed to make anything with at Christmas.