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Quick & Easy Cheese and Onion Pasties

Updated on August 10, 2015
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Meat-free cheese & onion pasties - quick recipe

Cheese and onion pasties are a huge favorite of ours. Most days we have bread, cheese and fruit for lunch but on occasion we prefer to have a cooked meal, especially when the weather is a little cooler.

These pasties are very quick and easy to prepare and satisfy our pastry cravings! The preparation time is only a few minutes and then these take about 15 - 20 minutes to bake.

I use a ready-made dough because I never have time to make my own in the middle of the day. The other ingredients are those that I always tend to have in the fridge so as long as I remember to keep stocked up with dough, I can make these at any time.

Because we love pasties so much, we used to buy frozen versions at one time but with a half hour baking time, they took longer to cook than the ones I make myself. The homemade ones are tastier too!

Cheese and onion pasties - the ingredients you'll need

Ingredients for cheese and onion pasties
Ingredients for cheese and onion pasties | Source

These ingredients served the two of us for a satisfying lunch.

  • 1 tube butter crescent dough
  • 6oz. (approximately) cheese. This was a sharp Cheddar
  • 2 medium onions
  • Black pepper
  • A little olive oil

Mario Batali chopping board

Madeira Mario Batali M-09 End Grain Teak Chop Block, Medium
Madeira Mario Batali M-09 End Grain Teak Chop Block, Medium

Ah, you noticed our lovely chopping board. This is a relatively new piece of kitchen equipment and I love it. It's very stylish and incredibly practical.

Made from sustainable teak, it's perfect for the kitchen. Teak is such a strong wood - which is why it's used in outdoor furniture and even on yachts - so it's perfect for the kitchen.

 

Prepare the onions

Onions for cheese & onion pasties
Onions for cheese & onion pasties | Source

CHOP THE ONIONS

Chop the onions quite finely. If you find that they tend to make your eyes water, I find that this is reduced, if not completely eliminated, if you cut the root end from the onion before the top or the skin.

COOK THE ONIONS

Heat the oil in a frying pan / skillet. When it's warmed through, add the onions, stir them well, and turn the heat to medium. You can then leave them to cook whilst you prepare the cheese and the dough.

PREHEAT THE OVEN

Set the oven to the temperature shown on the pack of dough. This can vary between brands.

Cheese

Grate the cheese
Grate the cheese | Source

GRATE THE CHEESE

My cheese grater has two different grating sizes. I use the finer of the two when I'm grating the cheese for these pasties.

Assemble the pasties

Separate the dough into squares
Separate the dough into squares | Source

ROLL THE DOUGH

Lay out the dough on a floured board or work surface. Separate it into squares. These are pre-scored.

ADD THE GRATED CHEESE

Onto half of each square spread grated cheese and add freshly-ground black pepper.

TOP WITH ONIONS

By now, the onions will be soft so using a spoon, add the onion on top of the cheese. Then fold over so that the cheese and onions are contained in dough parcels.

BAKE

Place the parcels onto a lightly floured baking tin and bake until they are golden.

Serve

Serve cheese and onion pasties with salad
Serve cheese and onion pasties with salad | Source

We enjoy these pasties with salad leaves sprinkled with sunflower seeds and a little olive oil. For colder days, they make a delicious lunch served with baked beans!

Here you can see the step-by-step photographs showing you how to make these delicious pies easily and quickly.

I always have cheese in the fridge - you can use the variety of your choice - and there's usually an onion lurking somewhere. By keeping a tube of pastry instock, I can quickly prepare these delicious pasties.

They are perfect for a meat-free family dinner or lunch. This is an adaptable dish that is enjoyed by everyone. These can be served at a dinner party as a main course for non meat eaters. They make a wonderful appetizer too.

I have served them for brunch and they are even delicious cold as part of a buffet.

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci: :) I made a great quiche last night and forgot to take photographs!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci: Me too - we love pies!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SusanDeppner: We almost do:)

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      PS I love your how-to photos. They usually have me craving before I get to the end. Thank you--I think!

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Yum. I'm going to hate to see Pie Weekend! The ingredients are going on my list for next week. Looks so good.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I could probably live on this, maybe with a tomato on the side every now and then. Love this recipe!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @flinnie lm: Hi Flinnie, I hope you do, they're delicious!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi these look so yummy, will have to try these.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @mamasbaby: You'll enjoy them :)

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      mamasbaby 5 years ago

      looks yummy going to try to make them!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @takkhisa: Do try - they are so delicious!

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Sounds yummy! However I want to try :)

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @GKREW: You'll love them - they're very tasty :)

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Aside from the fact that these look super yummy, very nice presentation!

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      GKREW 5 years ago

      these look great. I will try them sometime

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Cari Kay 11: Thank you! Funny that you should comment now because I've just had a request for these for lunch today :)

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Aquamarine18: It's so easy - enjoy!

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      Aquamarine18 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this recipe. I love cheese and onion pasties and wondered how they were made

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LouisaDembul: Quick, easy and tasty! Thanks!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I often make these kind of pasties for a picnic. With ready-made dough it's so quick and easy.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ChefWilliam: I've never been terribly good at making pastry - 'adequate' is probably the best description, so pre-made makes a much tastier meal when I'm cooking!

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      ChefWilliam 5 years ago

      We make these often in our house as a way to use left over food items. Whatever we have on hand works well. I usually use pre-made pie dough and keep some extra on hand just in case.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LisaAuch1: You're very welcome! They really are delicious and very easy. Enjoy!

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      Wow Thanks for the recipe for these Cheese and Onion Pasties my favorite!

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      Wow Thanks for the recipe for these Cheese and Onion Pasties my favorite!

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