Recipe – Homity tartlets

Homity pie is a traditional British vegetarian open pie, usually consisting of a shortcrust pastry case with a filling of potato, onion, leek & cheese. These tartlets came about as I really wanted to make homity pie but only had puff pastry!


  • 1 pack of ready made puff pastry
  • Flour for dusting
  • 400g potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 large leek, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 50g butter
  • 150ml double cream
  • 120g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
  • 100g spinach
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 1 egg, beaten


Pre heat your overn to 200°c (180°c if you have a fan oven)

In a large pan, boil the diced potatoes until tender

Whilst the potatoes are cooking, unroll the pastry onto a lightly floured board and cut into six rectangles. Using a sharp knife, score a border all around the edge of the pastry, 1cm in from the edge, being careful not to cut all the way through. Transfer the pastry onto a baking tray lined with baking paper, leaving a gap in between each one so they don’t join together when they puff up. Place the tray to one side for the moment

Heat your butter in a frying pan and gently fry the onion and leek until translucent. At this point, add in the crushed garlic and thyme, and fry for another minute or so

Drain the cooked potatoes and add them to the pan with the onion & leek, along with 100g of cheese (save 20g to sprinkle on top), cream, spinach, mustard and season with salt & pepper. Stir all the ingredients together and when combined, spoon into the centre of your pastry square, being careful to leave the border you’ve created. Brush the border of the pastry with the egg, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake in the oven for about 15 mins, until the pastry is puffed and golden and the cheese is bubbling

Serve with salad, veggies, or just enjoy on their own!!





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