This is one of our favourite mid-week dishes. It morphed over time. The inspiration was a vegetable roly poly recipe that came with an enamel baking dish we bought many, many years ago.
Maus, who is not an adventurous cook, retired before me so, for a number of years, she was in charge of the cooking. She regularly made these. I think for two reasons: one she really likes them and two, they are simple to make. Maus did get a little adventurous with her vegetable combinations. I never complained but, sometimes, the combos didn’t work too well. One that I was happy with was substituting broccoli for the celery, otherwise, I recommend sticking generally to the recipe.
I can honestly say these pasties taste better than they sound. The bacon and chicken stock cube really lift the flavours, they take very little time to prepare and kids will love them.
Of course, you can make your own pastry but I am classifying this dish as ‘Something Simple’ so commercial puff it is. The best thing to eat this with is a nice spicy tomato sauce or spicy chutney. I like Mrs HS Ball’s Original Recipe Chutney. Maus likes hers with home-made tomato sauce.
Serves 4 or 2 hearty eaters.
- olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 rashers bacon, cut into 1cm pieces
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 cm cubes
- 1 celery stalk, sliced
- 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1 cm pieces
- 1 large or 2 small chicken stock cubes, crumbled
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 sheets of commercial puff pastry
- Heat some olive oil (about 2 tablespoons) in a sauté pan.
- Add the chopped onion. Gently cook the onion until transparent.
- Add the bacon and cook a few minutes. Stir it to ensure the onion does not brown.
- Add the potatoes, celery and carrot. Stir to combine.
- Add the chicken stock cube and salt and pepper. Add a little bit of water to ensure nothing sticks.
- Cover, and cook over low heat, for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are just about cooked. If there is any moisture left in the pan, leave the lid off until it has evaporated. Set aside until cool.
- Heat your oven to 200°C.
- Put half the mixture in the centre of each piece of pastry. Bring the sides of the pastry up to join in the centre. Moisten the edges of the pastry and crimp to join. Crimp the ends together.
- Brush the pastry with a little milk.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.
They look and sound terrific to me. I’ve had some that are similar but adding that bacon in there has got to send them from really good to fantastic. Love your no guilt on the prepared pastry – certainly if it got them to my mouth faster.
Hi Diane. The bacon really does make them. Perfect for a quick mid-week meal.
You see, these MUST be good if they taste better than they sound, because they SOUND wonderful. We love a pie or pasty here! 🙂
So do we Celia, probably a little too much.
Old food – pasties are something our grandparents… and their’s made. Simple food using what was at hand, but made with care cast a spell for generations. I feel quite nostaglic, and hopeful, when I see food such as this is not lost.
Hi Ella … and better still, it tastes so good!
nothing wrong with commercial puff pastry! This looks fabulous, sure to be a favourite with my little one, thanks for sharing 🙂
She will love it Lisa and she will be getting some vegetables.
My hubby will love these too and I thought I spotted a bottle of Mrs Balls in the background.
Have a lovely week ahead Glenda.
🙂 Mandy xo
Hi Mandy, You did spot a bottle of Mrs Balls. I love it!
Pasties are a dish prepared in northern Michigan, believe it or not, among those of Finnish descent. Mom made them a few times, though none with bacon. nor puff pastry. Pity. Yours look and sound incredibly tasty, Glenda.
John. These are for those days when you need something comforting to eat without too much effort.