A simple recipe for cheese and onion puff pastry parcels. Try saying that after a few too many drinks!
I’m feeling a bit podgy as of late, my belly seems to be growing by the day; helped only by my love of nice food. I used to think I was untouchable and that my heroic metabolism would be the last bastion between my mouth and the lard that now, unfortunately, sits around my waist.
I believed I could eat whatever treats that so helplessly wandered in my direction. To me, diabetes was just for people with grey hair and red cheeks and calories were just a myth, ahh what it was to be in my 20’s. Mr metabolism is failing me, however, but the best news, of course, is I couldn’t care less.
Thanks to my splendid another half I spent the last weekend in Melton Mowbray on a tasting tour. It was a gorge fest of good cheeses, pork pies and real ales, god she knows me so well. If you ever find yourself in Melton then please give the ‘melton cheeseboard’ shop a visit, they really know what they’re talking about and I tasted some of the best Stilton in a long time. Even the better half loved it and she was adamant she hated Stilton before going there. Ask for long Clawson Stilton, I promise you’ll be in for a treat.
Having ladened myself with more cheese than a Cheshire cats grin from my weekend, today I found I had quite a bit left that I really needed to make use of and so, I made these cheese and potato puff pastry parcels. Now, of course, you don’t need to travel all the way to Melton, you can use your favorite cheese instead. A spikey, nutty cheddar would be a good choice, however, more mild cheeses would be lost in the finished recipe so pick something with a bit of attitude. For this, I used a combination of 2 kinds of cheese, a brilliant aged red Leicester called ‘Thomas Hoe’ and a pokey cheddar called ‘calveley crunch’.
2 medium potatoes (I used maris piper, but desiree are also good) Try out our Potato puff parcels with Cheese and Onion recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make Potato puff parcels with Cheese and Onion
4 small shallots peeled and finely sliced
Around 4-6 fresh sage leaves finely chopped
2 small spring onions finely sliced
130g of cheese (mature cheddar or a mixture of 2 that you like)
2 dessert spoons of creme fraiche
2 x 300g packets of ready rolled puff pastry
1 beaten egg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Small knob of butter
1 tsp olive oil
2 medium potatoes (I used maris piper, but desiree are also good)
Try out our Potato puff parcels with Cheese and Onion recipe and post your results below in the comments…