I've made Homity Pies and variations of it many times in my life, but it has traditionally always been with dairy produce. I have wanted to make a vegan version of it too with vegan cheese, but I had never found a vegan cheese that made me go 'that's actually not too bad'. Most of the vegan cheeses that I have tried in the past have just tasted revolting, but this was about to change, as there was a new vegan cheese alternative on the market that has been getting good raves and reviews from blogger friends and this is Vegusto, so of course I had to try it and this was the recipe for me to trial.
For those of you unfamiliar with homity pies, it is a classic British economy pie that dates back to the Second World War. It is an open top pie that filled with mashed potatoes that have been generously coated with double cream and masses of cheddar cheese, in fact the more cheese the richer it is. Then for some reason vegetarian Homity Pies fell out of fashion. However this was not for too long, as homity pies were popularized once again in the early 1960s by Cranks, one of the first pioneering vegetarian restaurants in the U.K.
In recent years Homity Pies have made a comeback, appearing on menus as a vegetarian option at places like Pieminister, you can also find various versions of it at farmers markets, but today we go one better by offering a vegan version.
On a vegan pastry base, the potatoes are piled high smothered in a vegan melty cheese alternative, some vegan cream and a touch of fresh parsley. I know this recipe is carbohydrate overload, but this is comfort food, not one to eat every day, just now and again when you want a big cuddle or shut up that rumbling belly when its making loud noises.
I am hoping to make these vegan Homity Pies again, but only for those of you who may be more appreciative of the vegan cheese (as D my husband was still not that keen vegan cheese alternative), so vegan friends watch out, I liked this, so know you will.
If you choose to make this pie at home, please ensure your pastry base is sturdy, this way you can eat this pie on the go, but if you want to make more of a meal of it, then a side of sauteed greens will be perfect. If you can't find Vegusto products where you are (as in my case), I live in the Welsh valleys and have to go into the Big City, (not the little city which should have stayed a Town really) to get my mitts on some specialist products, then feel free to substitute with a similar vegan alternative that you are comfortable with.
Oh before I go, I would like to let you know that my blogger friend over at The Yogi Vegans also has a vegan Homity Pie recipe, its very different to mine as its made with tofu- so please do go by and check it out.
Vegan Homity Pie Filling
Have ready 6 blind baked pastry (choose your own recipe, could even be gluten free)
600g potatoes, chopped into cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onion, finely sliced
2 - 4 tablespoons vegan cream
200g No Moo Melty Vegusto Diary Free Cheese Alternative, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, minced
Salt and pepper
boil until tender then drain and set aside to cool.
Heat the oil and then fry the onions until soft, then stir in the potatoes to coat with the onions and cook for about 5 minutes, before stirring in the vegan cream, half of the vegan cheese alternative, herb, salt and pepper to taste. Take off the heat and stir very quickly to coat well, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary and allow to cool (feel free to mash it a little if you so wish).
When cool, spoon generously and evenly between the blind baked pastry cases. Scatter over the remaining vegan cheese alternative and bake for 20 minutes in the oven. These can be eaten warm or at room temperature. Adapted from this recipe.