Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cheese and Onion Pasties

Star Q

I suddenly had a craving for something with a lot of cheese the other day and my thoughts immediately went back to all those Cheese and Onion Pasties that I used to have way back during my undergraduate days in Leeds.  The place where I usually got my fix of these pasties was at Kirkgate Market in the center of Leeds.

I had never really given it much thought but I recently realized that I had never tried making these pasties myself.  And when I scoured the net for the recipe, I was more than thrilled to discover that these tantalizing tit-bits are so easy to make; and with so few ingredients.  Just how I like it!

And so, made them I did (with a twist of my own!)

  • 4 pieces frozen puff pastry, thawed in the fridge (I used Kawanku)
  • 500g onions, sliced
  • 300g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp fine chili flakes
  • 1 beaten egg for glazing
  • Salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a pan then saute the onions until they get translucent and soft.  Next stir in the chili flakes.  Take off the heat and cool completely before adding the grated cheese.  Season well with salt and pepper and set aside.

Take one piece of the puff pastry and cut into two diagonally (this brand name comes in squares)  Roll the pastry to make it slightly larger and place 2 tbs (or more) of the cheese mixture.  Brush the edges with beaten egg.  Fold the triangle into two and crimp the edges with the tines of a fork.  Brush the top of the pasty with more beaten egg.  Repeat these steps with the rest of the pastry pieces.

Place pasties on a baking tin lined with parchment paper.  Bake in a preheated 200 C oven for about 20 minutes of until the pasties have puffed up and turned golden.  Serve hot.

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