Cheap Recipes Leek and Potato Pie

Cheap recipes for the frugal cook.

This pie is a little different as it doesn't require pastry and the topping is a mixture of breadcrumbs, cheese and nuts to give a lovely crunchy topping.

The ingredients are fairly simple and any well stocked cupboard should include many of the ingredients, so it won't cost a lot to make.

I serve this pie with lots of fresh steamed vegetables on the side with a little added gravy.

Frugal Recipes - Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 1.1kg peeled potatoes
  • 565g leeks
  • 2tbsp rice flour (or plain flour)
  • 1tsp mustard
  • 425ml/2 cups milk
  • half teaspoon lemon rind (optional)
  • qtr tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 15g margarine
  • salt and pepper
  • 4tbsp chopped almonds
  • Grated cheese

Chop potaoes and leeks into cubes

Boil potatoes until soft and steam the leeks until almost cooked.

Make sauce - mix flour and mustard with a little milk until smooth. then mix in the rest of milk and lemon rind, nutmeg, bayleaf and margarine. Bring to the boil and whilst continually stirring, simmer for 2 minutes.

Drain potatoes and mash until smooth

Remove bayleaf from sauce and add to the potatoes and leeks

Season with salt and pepper

Place mixture in a large baking dish or into 4 small gratin dishes.

Sprinkle the surface with the chopped nuts and grated cheese and cook in the oven (200c/400f/ gas mark 6) for 15 minutes until the mixture is warmed through and the topping is browned.

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