I had a falling out with my kitchen around Christmas time. The turkey gave me the evil eye, the sprouts turned on me and quite frankly the stuffing can get stuffed. So ever since then my usual culinary enthusiasm has been somewhat lacking.
Perhaps it was the change of season or the pile of leftover new potatoes glaring at me from the fridge, but inspiration struck and I decided to do my take on the Cranks classic – Homity Pie.
I’m not a massive fan of thick pastry, unless it’s covered in jam and cream with a big cherry on the top. So for a while I’d been musing about a homity pie made with filo. So I looked up the Cranks recipe, carefully read it, closed the book and put it back on the shelf. I was going to freestyle it and besides, recipes are for wimps (probably)!
So this is how I made my slightly skinnier than usual homage to the Homity Pie.
- Sweat one onion in a dab of olive oil, when soft add a crushed clove of garlic and as much fresh thyme as you fancy (I used a lot, thyme and onions are the best of friends and I have a huge thyme plant in the garden).
- Slice up a pile of cooked potatoes; I used new ones because that’s what I had.
- Whisk up 2 eggs, some salt and pepper and a goodly dollop of your favourite mustard.
- Grab your favourite quiche or pie dish, give it a light coating of oil, lay a piece of filo in the dish, oil that piece of filo and artfully drape another on top, repeat the process until you’ve got 3 or 4 pieces of filo piled up, greased and ready to go.
- Mix your sliced spuds and the unctuous onion mix together, spread a layer in the bottom of your dish, sprinkle a handful of cheese over and drizzle your mustardy egg over, layer the remaining spuds, pour over your leftover egg and top with another handful of grated cheese.
- I baked it in the oven for 25 minutes at 220 degrees or until it looks golden and gorgeous.
I served it with a huge green salad and some oven roasted tomatoes. It was a huge hit with both Hodge and Splodge, impressive as Splodge is (oh joy) going though a picky phase. Monumentally easy to do, half quiche, half homity pie. 100% winner dinner.