Monday, November 25, 2013

Filo Potato Pie

I love a good pie. Even better when there's not too much pastry!
I don't regularly use filo pastry but when I do its a nice treat. 

Here's how I used up the last of the filo pastry I had in the fridge since making strudel.
We all love mashed potato and when we have some leftovers I love to add it onto the tops of pies!  
Its amazing what a fantastic dish can be made with a few leftovers & a few household staples!

You'll need:
4 sheets filo pastry
1 leek
1 can cannellini beans
3 cubes frozen spinach
1 teaspoon garlic
1 x 400g can tomatoes
1 teaspoon Italian herbs
1 teaspoon cornflour dissolved in  1/4 cup water

1 cup mashed potato

Lightly spray a pie dish with oil.
Line the dish with the sheets of filo pastry. Place the sheets in the middle of the dish and allow the excess pastry to hang over the edges.
In a frying pan, combine the chopped leek, drained cannellini beans, spinach, garlic, herbs and tomatoes.
Cook until the leek is soft and the spinach has completely defrosted, approx 7 minutes. 
Stir in the cornflour mixture and stir straight away. The sauce will thicken.
Pour the mixture on top of the pastry.

Top the veggie/bean mixture with the mashed potato (you can either use leftover mash or make a new batch).
Fold the ends of the pastry over the filling and mash.
Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 30 minutes until golden brown.
Slice and serve :-)


Question of the day:
Do you prefer your pie topped with pastry or something else like mashed potato?


  1. Wowza, another great dish! So glad I found you. The pastry doesn't get soggy here? As far as toppings, I've only topped Shepherd's Pie with mashed potatoes, but I'm willing to use it more often, for sure.

    1. Thank-you. The pastry has been fine on the 3-4 times I've tried this. I guess without too many layers it still cooks without worries. And I just make sure that the mixture that is going in the pie is thick enough too :-)

  2. This looks like a cross between veggie Shepherd's pie and a veggie pastry pie! Great blurring of dishes :)

    1. Yes that's def where I got the inspiration from! Thanks :-)

  3. that sounds great - great way to use up mashed potato - I made pie last night and topped it with a seasoned crumbled tofu which worked quite well - like you I was using up leftover pastry and didn't have much left. Do you spray oil on pastry between the layers - this is one reason I don't use filo much because all the layers make it fiddly

    1. No I don't use oil at all so don't spray between the layers. Sure makes it easier and less time consuming then too!
      Got to love a meal that uses up anything leftover! Love the idea of a crumbled tofu top :-)