I give up. I’ve been waiting for a good winter rainstorm to bring you this potato cheddar onion pie. However, as the winter warms the calendar is against me. I have to admit spring has sprung. We were promised a long, rainy winter in Los Angeles, so I made plans. I bought firewood and new woolly socks. In preparation for El Niño we installed a French drain in the courtyard. We live in the hills and wanted to be ready for whatever washed down the hill. Most importantly I planned this deliciously savory pie. It’s adapted from a traditional British Cheese and Onion Pie – made modern for my not so rainy Los Angeles lifestyle.
The British love a savory pie. But of course they say “savoury”. Some of the most cherished pies in my repertoire find their inspiration in these traditional savouries. Quite a few (not surprisingly) get their comfort from potatoes, whether baked inside or mashed and rosti topped. There’s power in those pies. Here’s an example of a favorite English countryside pie full of big flavor; starting with the cheese. English Farmhouse Cheddar Onion Pie.
Cheddar is an English cheese that has been imitated the world over. Great examples can now be found in many different countries. But if you can, I suggest you honor this pie and its roots by choosing an authentic English Cheddar. Many are still made by traditional methods on the farm. GREG