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Cheddar Leek Puff Pie with Pear Salad

Updated on June 8, 2015
Pear salad to accompany the delicious cheese and leek puff pie
Pear salad to accompany the delicious cheese and leek puff pie | Source
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Leek and Cheddar pie recipe

This meat-free pie uses lovely leeks and sharp Cheddar cheese plus light and flaky puff pastry. What's more it's very easy and quick to prepare.

It only take a few minutes in preparation time and about twenty minutes in the oven. Served with a pear salad (yum!) which takes only seconds to make, it's delicious and - I like to think - healthy too.

How did this recipe come about? Well, if you've read my other meat free recipes you'll know that we have a curious system

He's the one who does the shopping and I have fun creating dinner from whatever turns up. This can be an adventure at times and this recipe was a typical example.

When the groceries turned up, there was a lovely leek in there. Excellent, but hmm ... I already had one in the fridge. So I had to devise a dinner that would be largely leek. I keep flaky or puff pastry in the freezer - I don't make my own, it's the commercial sort - and it's a brilliant ingredient to keep in stock. It certainly saved my (meat-substitute) bacon this time!

Ingredients to serve two

  • Two leeks
  • A slab of frozen puff pastry. The type I use needs to be defrosted for about half an hour at room temperature before baking
  • 4oz sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 pears
  • Salad greens
  • 2 orange wedges
  • Olive oil

Prepare the leeks

PREHEAT THE OVEN

If you're using frozen pastry, a glance at the packet will tell you the temperature you need. Usually, it will be 400 - 450°.

SLICE AND WASH THE LEEKS

It might just be me being paranoid but I like to separate them into rings and rinse and rinse and rinse. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the leeks. Once they are beginning to cook turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid.

Prepare the pastry - No rolling pin? No problem

ROLL THE PASTRY

I don't like to have kitchen tools that I only use occasionally because I have such a tiny kitchen. (You should have heard me when he came home one day with a pizza cutter. We have knives for goodness sake!) So I roll the pastry with a wine bottle. Full, complete with cork of course, or empty - it doesn't matter as long as it's given a good clean first.

Flour the board first and the top of the pastry and roll it out to roughly 5 by 11 inches or whatever size will fit your oven dish. With a knife, lightly score around the perimeter of the pastry - about a quarter inch from the edge, place it on a baking sheet or oven dish and bake until cooked - about twenty minutes.

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Grate the cheese

Assemble the puff pastry pie

ADD THE CHEESE

Gently remove the 'lid' with a knife and add half the cheese to the pastry case. It will immediately start to melt and that's fine.

Add the leeks

ADD THE LEEKS TO THE PIE

Simply spoon the cooked leeks on the top of the cheese.

Add more cheese

ADD THE REMAINING CHEESE

Top the leeks with the remaining cheese. Put the pastry lid back on and return the pie to the oven to keep it warm and melt the cheese while you made the salad.

Assemble the salad

A SIMPLE SALAD

Simply arrange salad greens on a plate and add the sliced pears. Serve with a wedge of orange to squeeze over the salad in lieu of an oily dressing. (We already have olive oil and cheese so let's not add any more).

It got the seal of approval

As I write he is on the phone to his mum telling her about the delicious pie he had for dinner last night - praise indeed!

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Below, you can see step by step photographs for easy reference.

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Adventuretravels -I hope you enjoy it. We love it! The great thing is that you can adapt the recipe to include other vegetables if you wish.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      Yummy I'm so gonna make this! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      What's not to love! What a treat that would be. Beautifully shown in pictures, too. Thanks for a terrific recipe.

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      This is an impressive meal that I will make for company sometime. No one will ever believe how easy it is to make. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @JohnTannahill: Now THAT'S a plan!

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      John Tannahill 3 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Hmmm, I wonder how it would taste with Stilton cheese? Cheddar sounds gorgeous though - LOL.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What yummy photos too! The leeks so good in there! (Cheese always looks good). Can't wait to try this.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      You had me with the cheddar and leeks, but when you added the pear salad, well, that really did it for me. I could gorge on this any time, even a couple times a week. Wonderful recipe britflorida, and I hope you keep 'em coming. :-)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @River_Rose: Thank you!

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      River_Rose 4 years ago

      Lookin' good!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @rob-hemphill: Thank you! The pie is certainly very tasty.

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      What a great recipe with lovely pictures.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Chocolatealchemy: Thank you so much - it's certainly very tasty!

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      am23g23 4 years ago

      Mmm looks delicious, do you come up with your own recipes?

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      Chocolatealchemy 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      What a great Lens you've created and I love the photos. Your dinner sounds delicious - lovely recipes.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @am23g23: Yes I do and they are often spur of the moment recipes depending on what's in the fridge. But I think that most recipes originate with something people have read or seen in the past, don't you?

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LouisaDembul: Thank you so much - the recipes are always fun to make!

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      Your pictures and descriptions of your recipes are really great! I enjoy your easy-to-make, tasty dishes.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      Your pictures and descriptions of your recipes are really great! I enjoy your easy-to-make, tasty dishes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice salad. i love your idea.. good post.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @getmoreinfo: Thank you! It's very good. It's also nice to make small individual ones to serve as an appetizer. Very tasty!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Wow great photos, this Leek and Cheddar pie recipe is making me hungry.