I had so much trouble naming this dish. It was originally supposed to simply be a pie, but then I couldn't find a pie dish and my cake tin was too shallow, so I ended up baking it in a casserole dish. Did that make it casserole? It's not shaped like a pie.
Then, there were too many key ingredients: cheddar cheese, sausage, potatoes, leeks... How do I create a name that isn't absurdly long?
Fiance insisted that it was more pie like because of the flaky, crunchy top and it was originally intended to be a pie, so it stayed a pie.
This dish was inspired by a pie feature in a local magazine. I couldn't help but laugh to myself when I read the opening line:
"When we hear the word 'pie' most of us think of pastry with a meat filling."
Just another daily reminder that I am not in the US, but the very different and wonderful South Africa. Meat pies are not very popular at all in the US- when we think of pies, we think of cherry pies or the all-American apple pie. The only relatively common savory pie eaten there is chicken pot pie.
So I took a crack at this well-loved style of pie and made my own with the ingredients we most love. Do this in a pie dish or a casserole dish, whatever you prefer.
I've never cooked with leeks before, and I loved the subtle flavor they provided without doing a thing to disrupt the texture.
Start by layering some half-cooked potatoes, sliced potatoes in a buttered dish of your choice. Top with sliced leeks, chopped onions, and garlic that's been sautéed.
Then on goes chopped sausage and fresh parsley.
Then a glorious cheese sauce.
And, one of my favorite things in the world, a layer of puff pastry. I didn't even bother trimming the corners. It's "rustic", right? Brush on an egg wash to make sure it turns out nice and golden. I cut little slits in it to let some of the air out.
Bake it for a good hour or until the potatoes are thoroughly cooked and the top is golden and lovely. You can broil it for a minute or so to make sure it's really golden, if necessary.
Serve with a salad, or call it a meal as is. I love and adore easy one dish meals like this! You could easily prepare this in a disposable foil container and freeze it before baking.