Posted by bakinghistory on September 30, 2008
A tasty savory pie filled with potatoes and onions, milk and a touch of butter.
Ivy of Kopiaste is the host of a blog event all about savory pies. My contribution is a simple one, made with a buttery crust filled with shredded potatoes, onions, milk and butter. The filling is assembled in the pie crust with raw ingredients, which makes the preparation easy and quick. Furthermore, it does not contain any eggs. The result is a truly wonderful pie, with a perfectly flaky crust enclosing a tender, buttery filling, which is best enjoyed warm. Something worth trying for a simple dinner on a cold winter night.
From the original recipes by Jane Cunningham Croly
In: “Jennie June’s American Cookery Book”, 1878—USA
and Juniata L. Shepperd
In: “Handbook of Household Science”, 1902—USA
4-5 large potatoes
1 small onion
1 tbsp butter
1/4 to1/3 cup cup whole milk (or half-and-half)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (scant) butter
1/4 tsp salt
ice water as needed
Preheat the oven to 375F (190C).
Make the Crust: In a food processor put flour salt and butter (diced), and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. With the machine running add enough water for the dough to come together. Do not overprocess. Wrap the dough in wax paper and let rest in a cool place for about 30 minutes. Roll the dough to about 1/8-inch thickness and line a deep pie dish, letting the extra pastry hang over the sides of the pan.
Filling: peel, wash and dry the potatoes. Shred them finely, mix them with the shredded onion and salt. Put the mixture into the pie plate lined with pastry, then pour over enough milk (or half-and-half) to barely cover the filling. Distribute the butter in small pieces all over the filling, fold over the pastry so that the filling is partially covered. Bake for about 1 hour. Serve warm.
This pie does not freeze well, either baked or raw, because the potatoes turn mushy.