The Boxing Clever Cookbook

A new cookbook, yay! I’d had my eye on The Boxing Clever Cookbook by Jacqui Jones & Joan Wilmot for a while and kept in my Amazon Wishlist and when I saw it was available for 1p, snapped it up.

It’s designed to help you if you have an organic vegetable box delivery, grow your own vegetables or have an allotment. I have an organic vegetable box delivery from Riverford every fortnight so hoped this book would come in handy in those ‘what do I do with this’ moments?

It doesn’t have any photos but it does have a load of tempting sounding recipes. Tonight, I christened the book with their Leek, Potato and Cheese Pie with Filo Pastry.

Leek, potato and cheese pie with filo pastry (serves 6)

105g butter or margarine
700g leeks, washed and sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 sheets frozen filo pastry, defrosted
50g walnuts, toasted and chopped
175g grated cheese, such as Cheddar or Gorgonzola

  1. Melt 25g butter or margarine in a pan. Add the leeks and onion, and sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until softened. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Melt another 25g butter or margarine in the pan and add the sliced potatoes. Sauté for about 5 minutes on each side until the potatoes are crisp. Season with salt and pepper and add to leeks and onions.
  3. Preheat oven to 200C (400F/Gas 6).
  4. Melt the remaining butter or margarine in a small pan.
  5. Place 2 sheets of filo pastry on a 24cm (9.5”) greased baking tray, allowing the pastry sheets to extend over the edge. Brush with a little melted butter or margarine.
  6. Layer the leek, potatoes, walnuts and cheese in the centre of the pastry.
  7. Gather the filo pastry up over the centre of the pie to cover top and pinch together to seal.
  8. Brush with melted butter or margarine and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the pastry is crisps and golden.

My variations:
I didn’t have enough leeks so topped up with cabbage
I didn’t have any walnuts or other type of nut, so left them out
I layered four sheets of filo pastry into a shallow dish, not a tray
I didn’t mix up the potato and leeks, but put the potatoes down first, followed by the leeks and cabbage, then topped with the cheese
I layered another four sheets of filo pastry over the top (not gathering it up over the centre)

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