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Mushroom, leek and potato pies

Confined to my four walls, I'm back into recipe invention. It looks something like this - open my fridge each day and contemplate an increasingly strange assortment of foods. Then turn them into a meal.

I turned this particular event into a kids cooking activity. And you know what, experimental "pandemic pies" were delicious! They were also extremely simple to make. So here goes...


  • 2 small leeks, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, chopped to your desired size. We left them quite chunky
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 1 heaped tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 4 medium potatos
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Chop up your potatoes into quarters (or smaller if you want them to cook quicker) and get them boiling while you do everything else. You need to cook them until a fork pierces them easily.

Also, turn your oven on to 180C to preheat.

While they are cooking, add olive oil to a frying pan on medium heat. Fry your leeks until they start to get soft. Add your chopped mushrooms. Season and stir. At this point I added a glug of white wine, because I had a glass of wine in my hand at the time. It's an optional step, both the drinking and the adding to your food. Decide based on how much time you've had to spend being the referee between your children that day.

Let the mushrooms and leeks continue to cook until your mushrooms are cooked through.  You'll know they are because they will have shrunk by half, so now your very full frying pan doesn't seem so much anymore.

Turn the heat down to low and add the ricotta and mustard and stir until well combined. Turn off the stove and leave to sit. I let my kids do all the mixing and chopping.

Once your potatoes are ready, drain them and return them to the pot. Add milk and butter and mash until creamy. This was another great job for my kids.

You have two options at this point. You can use a single larger pie dish or grab some little ramekins. We used ramekins so that everyone could have their own mini pies. It made 6.

Spoon mixture evenly across the ramekins if you are using them, or the lot into a single dish. Top with mash and then bake in the oven for 30 minutes.


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