Cheese & Onion Pie from The Selkirk Arms, Kirkcudbright – Recipe for 20 small pies, ideal to freeze.

Ingredients

Pastry 

  • 1 kg plain flour
  • 500g butter
  • Water to bind

Filling + – 20 portion

  • 60g butter
  • 40g flour
  • 350g milk
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 Tbls chopped parsley 
  • 100g fleet valley blue grated
  • 100g cheddar grated
  • 100g rindless goats cheese grated
  • ¼ tsp Eng mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp cayanne
  • Salt & pepper
  • Red onion marmalade as needed 

Method

  1. Make the pastry and rest for 30 mins
  2. Caramelise the onions in a little oil and leave to cool
  3. Make a Bechamel sauce with butter, flour, milk, mustard powder and cayenne
  4. Add the grated cheeses and chopped parsley parsley and mix well, season to taste
  5. Cut out 9.5cm rings to line pie moulds and cut out lids slightly smaller than the rings
  6. Take a metal ring , grease and line with rolled out pastry bases , add a teaspoon of red onion marmalade to the bottom of each and then fill ( use a piping bag) with the filling before putting a pasty lid on them. egg wash both the lid and the base before applying the pie lid and make a small hole in the lid with a pairing knife to allow the steam to come out
  7. Bake at 120c for 20 minutes, remove the pie moulds and egg wash the pies sides and top again and bake for a further 5 minutes