Cauliflower, broccoli and cheese pie

broccoli pie

I thought I would break up all these food posts with a recipe! Clever. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while so apologies to those who have been waiting with baited breath (I know you’re out there).

For those who missed the earlier post I wanted to try and recreate the Best Pie I’ve Ever Eaten from a bakery in Esperance, WA, the cauliflower, broccoli and cheese pie. Whilst my version is delicious, I think these pies work better in small form because the filling isn’t very structurally sound and it ends up a bit of a mess. What you will need:

– Broccoli
– Cauliflower
– Short crust pastry
– Butter (about 75g)
– Plain flower (about 4 tablespoons)
– Milk (about 3 cups)
– Grated cheese

Lightly grease a pie dish and line with the pastry. I pre-baked (or blind baked) my pie crust for about 10 minutes at 180 degrees celsiusย  This stops the pastry from becoming soggy. I used rice to weigh down the pastry (which stops it from puffing up) but of course I forgot to put some baking paper between the pastry and the rice to stop it from sticking. So I spent a while flicking rice grains off the pastry and onto the bench/floor/into the sink. Fail.

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Put the broccoli and cauliflower in a pot of boiling water for a about 5 minutes to soften, but not completely cook.

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Drain and put to one side. Now it’s time to make the piece de resistance: the cheese sauce.
Melt the butter in a saucepan and then add the flour and stir, once combined add the milk and whisk. Keep whisking for about 8 minutes until the sauce becomes delightfully thick.

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Then throw in a handful of the cheese. I believe I may have also accidentally on purpose thrown in some cream we had in the fridge. Shhhh. Season with salt and pepper.

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Put the broccoli, cauliflower and cheese sauce into the pie crust and sprinkle with more cheese.

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Bake until the top is golden and crispy, I think it was about 20 minutes from memory.

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Soggy but scrumptious. Perfect with a dollop of tomato sauce/ketchup.

This recipe would go perfectly in a small pie maker. My friend Andrew had one and used to make cheeseburger pies on special occasions.

What’s the best pie you’ve ever had?

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13 Responses to Cauliflower, broccoli and cheese pie

  1. Brendo says:

    Oi…what about me…

  2. Chell says:

    Oh my golly gosh. I cannot wait to try this one out !!
    Love your blog, Bec ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Molly says:

    Waaat! This looks amazing! Have to try it.

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  5. Char says:

    I’ve had one like this but with pepper? Which version do you think I should try, and if I do continue with pepper how much do suggest I put in? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Emily Balmer says:

    I can’t wait to make this in the mini version in our pie maker! How much broccoli and cauliflower did you use?

  7. Gianna Lia says:

    I made this pie last weekend and it was scrumptious! I am making it again tonight because my husband and I are just obsessed with it! The only thing I changed was I added a punnet of brussels sprouts cut in half because i only had a small head of broccoli and half a head of cauliflower and I needed more veggies to fill the pie. It worked AMAZINGLY. Mmmmmm
    This recipe is a keeper.

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