Cheese and onion has to be one of the best food combinations ever, it’s so versatile and it just works. This is a super simple cheese and onion pasty recipe, it’s rich and comforting, ideal for a cold afternoon snack. This recipe makes 6 large ones, you can make smaller ones if you find a large one too much……..I’m just a pig.
- 2 medium onions (sliced)
- 300g mature cheddar cheese (grated)
- 150g Gruyere cheese (grated)
- 700g puff pastry
- 1 beaten egg
1. Add a knob of butter and 1tbsp of oil to a frying pan and add the onions with a pinch of salt, fry on a gentle heat for about 10 minutes until the onions have gone soft and transparent. Don’t let them brown as this will change the recipe completely. Leave in a bowl to cool.
2. Roll out the pastry to about the thickness of a pound coin (3mm) and cut out 6 disks about 20cm in diameter. Stack them up and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill them a bit.
3. Add your cooled onions to your grated cheeses and mix until evenly combined. Set your oven to gas mark 5 (190°C/375°F).
4. To assemble your pasties, lay a disk out on a lightly floured surface and place a mound of the cheese and onion mix near the centre, leaving a good inch space all the way around the edge. Brush 1 half of the disk with beaten egg and fold over the other half to form a semi circle shape, press the edges together and roll the edges in, pressing as you go to form a crimped edge (it doesn’t have to be neat and tidy, the important thing is to seal it well so no cheese spills out whilst baking).
5. Place them on a baking tray and brush liberally with the beaten egg, using a small knife poke a small hole in the top of each one, this allows any excess steam to escape. Bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes until golden brown. DO NOT attempt to eat one straight from the oven, the filling will be hotter than magma and unless you want to burn the roof of your mouth off, leave them to cool for 10 minutes before eating.
These are very rich, Buttery pastry and a soft cheesy and onion filling, they will play havoc on your waistline if you eat too many……but everything in moderation as they say!