I used to love a cheese and onion pasty from Greggs (the bakers).
I think I’ve managed to create a pretty decent vegan alternative, although I have named my version a “slice” so that my friend from Plymouth doesn’t beat me up. Apparently a pasty has to be pasty shaped, NOT a rectangle. Also, a pasty should be made from short-crust pastry… so “slices” it is!
The majority of what I eat is created from scratch. However when it comes to puff pastry, I can’t see the point in wasting all that effort and energy when you can just buy a packet of “JusRol”. It’s tasty, fast and vegan friendly. Not to mention fool proof!
So here you have it, my soya and nut-free “cheese” and onion slice recipe:
(Makes two LARGE slices)
- 1 x roll of Jus Rol puff pastry (you get two rolls per pack)
- 1 x medium onion
- 1 x medium-large potato (Chopped)
- ½ x head of cauliflower (Chopped)
- ¼ x cup rice milk / any dairy alternative (plus extra for brushing)
- 1 x veg stock cube
- ½ x teaspoon English mustard
- ½ x cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 x tsp grated nutmeg
- 1 x tsp turmeric
- 1 x tsp salt
- ½ x tsp garlic powder
- Black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200oC.
- In a medium pan, add cold water, the stock cube and potato.
- Turn on the heat and when the potato just starts to go soft, add the cauliflower.
- Cook until everything is tender, strain and add to a food processor along with the milk. Blend until you have a smooth puree.
- Add the mustard, yeast flakes, nutmeg, turmeric, salt, garlic powder and pepper and blend some more.
- Finely dice the onion and fry in a little bit of oil until translucent. Add to the potato-cauli mixture and stir in by hand.
- Un-roll out the pastry so it is flat on your work surface. Cut into equal halves.
- Imagine a line down the centre of each pastry half. Spoon half the filling onto one side of each pastry half, leaving a clean edge on three sides (refer to picture if that makes no sense!).
- Brush the clean edges with a little milk.
- Fold the filling-less side of the pastry over the filled side and press the edges together with the back of a fork.
- Brush each slice with a little milk and put into the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
It’s Saturday night and I wanted a treat so I served our slices up with chips and bean.