You guys, I've had a revelation. It turns out, I'm actually a culinary genius and I had no idea! Ok, so I had a little help from the Pieminister Cookbook, but this pie, this pie is amazing. I am reliably informed that it is the best thing I have ever cooked, and since my boyfriend has tried everything I've ever cooked, including the disasters, I will have to bow to his superiour knowledge on the subject.
I've never actually cooked a pie before, but since we got our new cooking pot I really wanted to make something spectacular in it, and a pie seemed like the perfect pot-christening meal.
It involves the following:
500g new potatoes cut into slices 6-8mm thick
1 onion, sliced
1 dessert apple, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tsp sugar
100ml cider (I used Katy)
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
500g herby sausages (mine had leek in them, but it tasted good still!)
pastry (I used sainsburies premade butter puff pastry, as I'm not quite advanced enough to make my own. One pack was more than enough.)
a handful of grated cheddar cheese
1 free range egg, lightly beater, to glaze
1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water until tender and then drain and set aside
2. melt the butter in a pan (I just did this in the bottom of the cooking pot, but check yours can go on the hob first!) and cook the onion until softened. Then add the apple and sugar and cook until the apple starts to caremalize but still holds its shape.
3. Add the cider and simmer until it reduces and is almost gone
4. Stir in mustard and season lightly, then take off the heat.
5. Cut open the sausages and take out the meat, and mix with the potatoes. Add the mixture to the appley-sugary-oniony mix and make sure it is well mixed. Add pockets of cheese into the mixture. Getting to a cheesy bit in the pie is so good!
6. Add a pastry lid, making sure to cut two holes in the top to let the steam out and brush with the beaten egg.
7. Cook for 40-45 minutes on 180 degreesC/gas mark 4
8. Eat, enjoy, impress your friends. Drink the rest of the cider!