Homity Pie

This recipe originally came from the Hairy Bikers, but I decided to use it as a testbed for a few different ingredients that I’d bought as store cupboard replacements for ingredients I’d normally buy fresh.


  • Two large tins of potatoes, drained and cut into chunks (about 650g)
  • Half a tin of onions, or 1.5 onions (fresh / frozen / dried and rehydrated) sliced and fried with a knob of butter and a tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp garlic puree
  • 100g frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 150g grated cheddar (can be stored frozen)
  • Frozen or dried parsley, or 2 tbsp fresh if available
  • 1 small tin (170g) of Carnation extra thick cream or double cream.
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pastry, made from half a packet mix, plus a little plain flour for rolling. If you have the fresh ingredients, see the Hairy Bikers recipe above.


  • Preheat oven to 180C
  • Make up half the packet of pastry, roll with a little flour and line an ovenproof dish.
  • Fry onions, if not using tinned.
  • Mix in garlic, parsley and potatoes. Heat through.
  • Add spinach, nutmeg and seasoning. Stir through.
  • Stir through half the cheese. If using tinned cream, stir through at this point.
  • Tip the mixture into the pastry lined oven proof dish.
  • If using fresh cream, drizzle it over at this point.
  • Top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 40-45 mins.


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