Cheese-and-onion pies

Cheese-and-onion pies

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  • Easy
  • 30 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • Woolworths David Nieuwoudt Sauvignon Blanc 2019
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  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, halved and sliced
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 200 g mature white Cheddar, grated
  • 200 g mozzarella, grated
  • 200 g Gouda, grated
  • 250 g smooth cottage cheese
  • 5 g fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 2 x 250 g sheets Woolworths all-butter puff pastry
  • cake flour, for dusting
  • 1 T nigella or sesame seeds, for sprinkling (optional)
  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onions until translucent, about five minutes. Season to taste.

2. Increase the heat to medium-high and allow the onions to brown, a further 5 minutes, sprinkling with the sugar.

3. Place all the cheese and the oregano in a bowl. Add the caramelised onions and mix, combining thoroughly.

4. Place the puff pastry sheets on a floured surface and cut into equally sized rectangles. Spoon 1–2 T of the cheese-and-onion mixture on half the slices of pastry. Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg, then carefully top with the remaining pastry and crimp the edges using a fork.

5. Brush the tops with more beaten egg and sprinkle with nigella seeds or sesame seeds. Place on a baking tray and bake for 15–20 minutes, or until pastry is cooked through and golden and the cheese has melted.

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Photograph: Willow Tucker


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