Budget Cooking - Make a Cheese & Potato Pie

Got Cheese and Potatoes? - Make A Quick and Tasty Hot Meal with Cheese And Potato Pie

While Jamie Oliver's on TV promoting feeding a family of four for "just £5", many frugal living experts are laughing at the abundance of his budget.

We know it can be done a LOT cheaper!

Cheese & Potato Pie is one of my favourite dishes. I probably eat this out of choice 6 times a month!

Cheese and potato pie is a great way to cook leftovers too - I always do extra potatoes just so I can cook this the following day! Use up your leftovers with this quick, cheap and tasty leftovers recipe.

Cheese & Potato Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 0.5Kg potatoes
  • 0.25Kg strong cheese
  • Knob of butter
  • Sprinkling of salt
  • Splash of milk
  • Sprinkling of black pepper

Now, reading above, I'd make two notes:

1) Notice how the potatoes are twice the weight of the cheese. This isn't a precise science and just use what you've got. But because of this easy to remember ratio it means you can scale this up or down from 1 person up to a dozen or more!

2) Apart from the potatoes and the cheese, everything else is to your personal taste, which means if you ONLY have potatoes and cheese you can still make it!

Cheese & Potato Pie Recipe, by Author.. This is my mother's basic recipe from our family cookbook of the 1960s and 1970s
Cheese & Potato Pie Recipe, by Author.. This is my mother's basic recipe from our family cookbook of the 1960s and 1970s

Budget Cooking - Cheese & Potato Pie: Method

  1. Peel and slice the potatoes thinly and put these on to boil. Bring them to the boil then simmer until the potatoes are very soft. Alternatively, if you have a vegetable steamer, you can use that. I find steaming potatoes gives them a super texture.
  2. Cut or grate the cheese.
  3. Drain the potatoes and mash them. Put in a splash of milk, knob of butter and any salt/pepper to taste at this point. If you don't have these, or don't like them, it's fine to just mash the potatoes alone.
  4. Mix most of the cheese in with the potatoes.
  5. Place the potato/cheese mix into a greased ovenproof dish*. Top with the remaining cheese and put in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until the cheese on top is bubbling and nicely browned.

* I use silicone bakeware for all my baking now. You can make up your cheese & potato pie in a loaf tin or a cake tin. As nothing seems to ever stick to silicone bakewear it's super-easy to wash up once your pie's cooked.

What to Serve with Cheese & Potato Pie:

Wondering what to serve with your cheese and potato pie? Well, for me I keep it simple. When I make cheese and potato pie I usually serve it with baked beans or a splash of brown sauce, but here are some other ideas on what to serve with cheese and potato pie, something for all tastes:

Serve immediately with any one of the following, or whatever you fancy!

  • green salad
  • tinned tomatoes
  • baked beans
  • splash of brown sauce
  • Or you can even serve this as cheesy mash as an accompaniment to any other main meal you're cooking.
  • Sliced tomatoes on the top ... you can even put these on before you cook this cheese & potato pie if you want!

Quick Tip:

When you're next boiling potatoes, make too many and set some aside to be turned into a cheese and potato pie for maybe the next night.

Budget Cooking: Cheese and Potato Pie Recipe
Budget Cooking: Cheese and Potato Pie Recipe | Source

What To Do With Leftovers

If you've got any leftovers, place them in a plastic/covered dish in the fridge, they'll be fine to heat up again for the next 3-4 days. You can microwave it for 3-4 minutes if you're in a hurry.

Freezing is possible, but sometimes mash can become a little watery when defrosted.

Pricing:

You can use cheap cheese and cheap potatoes for this cheese and potato pie, as you're cooking it it won't matter, but get a mature cheddar or strong sharp cheese for maximum taste. Based on these prices, you can make the basic cheese & potato pie, serving 4 people, very cheaply!

Let me know if you enjoy this cheese recipe! I know I do.

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Comments 31 comments

sian 8 years ago

i make this all the time too , if your not a veggie sausages go really well also


darren 8 years ago

thanx 4 this it was really helpful as i am hopeless at cooking [i think you guessed that already] any more tips luv 2 hear them d.


GREG 8 years ago

wHAT TEMP. FOR THE OVEN, PLEASE?


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earner 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

200 degrees Celsius; 375 degrees Fahrenheit.


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Rumpleteazer 7 years ago

Great tip - I will be making it tonight as the cupboard is bare (nearly)!!


Gemsykat! 7 years ago

Absolutely loved it!!!! So yummy with baked beans and a salad, and very filling! YUMMY!!!! I reduced the recipe down as there was only 2 of us and I only had 200g of cheese but still delicious! XXX


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britneydavidson 7 years ago from united kingdom

it sounds yummyy...hmmm.i will love it....thanx for sharing it....


Luke 7 years ago

I like doing the mash in layers, with layers of sliced tomatoes in between, then on top another layer of tomatoes before topping it with cheese.

I also put it in the oven for longer than 30 minutes (usually about 45) so that the cheese layer on top goes nice and crispy.


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earner 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

That's a great idea Luke, thanks for sharing your alternative cheese and potato pie recipe!


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Ashley Joy 7 years ago

My step daughter is a really picky eater and this sounds like something she would actually eat.


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Research Analyst 7 years ago

Potatoes are one of my favorite foods, broiled, baked, fried, sliced, diced you name it and I will have it, so your cheese and potatoe pie really caught my attention, and with everyone looking for budget cooking ideas this one deserves a thumbs up!


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Webshooter 7 years ago from New York City

You are a master with a tasty yet frugal food budget. I will certainly be giving this dish a try, thanks!


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earner 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Cheese and potato pie is certainly more popular and welcoming now the nights are drawing in.

If you're going out on Halloween, or Bonfire Night, it can be lovely to prepare one before you go out and pop it into the oven when you get back. Or, if you've time, it's a real winter warmer of a dish to fill you up before you go out on cold nights.

Cheese and potato pie is hot, filling comfort food - everybody'll be back for more!


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Sexy jonty 7 years ago from India

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.


foddiefan 6 years ago

has anyone tried this in a pastry like a proper pie?


Jan Earp 6 years ago

I also make this but I usually put some garlic in my potatoes and then I place all my mixed ingredients into a 9 pie shell which have been partially baked, not brown but a little crisp..then just before its done i place more cheese and garnish with Sliced tomatoe until golden brown.


MerielFlavell 6 years ago

That's exactly what I needed to do tea with tonight, thank you. Roll on pay day!


fairymandms 6 years ago

I used to have this at school in the canteen! My best friend and i loved it and we used to peel back the cheese on top and pour in loads of vinegar (we went a bit vinegar mad after discovering which differents parts your tounge tasted what in a science lesson!) I was looking for a receipe like this for ages to re-create it. Thanks. Also might be quite yummy with a bit of leek mixed in.


Christina 6 years ago

Good I made that for three people and it was good but a bit small.


Hayley 6 years ago

This is lush! I recently discovered & tried a similar recipe, only variation was to mix the cheese with breadcrumbs for the top layer and cook until golden. I have spuds boiling ready for a cheese pie as I type, might go put some sausages and beans on to go with it as a per some other suggestions (sounds like the perfect way to round off the meal)!


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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

I cooked this cheese and potato pie last night. I made up the mash and mixed in the cheese, then scooped out two huge spoonfuls into separate dishes and put those in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, to brown the cheese.

The rest of the cheese/potato mix I put into a sealed container in the fridge and today I'll be using some of it to top corned beef. First I'll either fry the corned beef a little, to get it hot/browned, then place that in a dish and top it with the cheese/potato mash and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes to brown, or I'll "cheat" and place the corned beef in a dish, top it with the cheese/mash and microwave it for 3-4 minutes until it's hot!

I'll be serving that with any one of the following:

- a splash of brown sauce

- some hot baked beans

- a tin of tomatoes

mmmmmm


chris 5 years ago

We like it with sausages but if there are a couple of slices of bacon left in the fridge, I'll fry them and chop them up before adding to the creamy mixture. It feels like an extra treat finding the crispy bacon bits!!!


Cher 5 years ago

My nan used to do this for me all the time. We used to get minced meat with gravy as a base with lumps of potato in. Sort of a mix between cottage and cheese and potato pie really.


Nick 5 years ago

Thanks Very much, its my mum and dad's anniversary tomorrow and they just love this dish but haven't had the time to make it in a while, so I hope I surprise them.


sarah 5 years ago

I've made this before and I grate some onion in to give it a kick. The layered toms sound good too, may try that.


EUNICE FRIMPS 5 years ago

I SESRCH 20 DIFFERENT CHEESE THAT CAN BE USED FOR CHEESE AND PATATO PIE NOI THIS ALTOUGH YUVE GT GRT TIPS PISS SOUCCER


Aisha 5 years ago

what kind of cheese do you use


Barbie 5 years ago

I always put an egg in my mash makes it nice and rich,bit better than milk and I prefer black pepper, you can also mix in spring onions with the mash very tasty .


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earner 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

You can use whatever cheese you have - so long as it's cheesy, it's good. Cheese and potato pie is a great way to use up hard or old cheese because the cheese melts so it no longer matters if the cheese doesn't look in tip top condition.

I usually use English Cheddar, which is a hard, white cheese, but you can use soft cheese, or hard cheese - whatever you've got. Sometimes your local deli or supermarket counter might sell odd scraps of end pieces of cheese cheaply, I've used these mixed cheese before.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

This is a good recipe for me to try when my son visits for a meal, as he likes both potatoes and cheese.


Dave Argent 2 years ago

I made this cheese and potato pie last night and it was so good I'll be making it again later when my parents visit. They will be so surprised that I can cook. Probs the best cheese and potato pie Iv had.

THX!!!!

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