Cheshire Cheese and Onion Pie

  • Total Time

    1h 45m
    • Prep Time

    • Bake Time

      1h 10m
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A classic homemade Cheese and Onion Pie recipe from the North West of England. It's a great vegetarian alternative to a Traditional Steak Pie. To keep things ultra traditional use the dense and crumbly Cheshire Cheese to pair with the onions. Cheshire Cheese works well because it is not too strong and compliments the other savoury notes in the pie. Another traditional North West cheese to use would be Lancashire Cheese.

For the pie crust we suggest making a traditional shortcrust but if you are short on time you can always buy in some puff pastry and cut it into shape.

To serve, we always think this type of pie should be allowed to cool a little to room temperature. This allows the pie to sit for a while and the filling to become a little denser. Serve with boiled potatoes, green veg or a summer salad for warmer days.


  1. Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the butter and lard and rub in with your finger tips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs, alternatively you can do this in a food processor.

  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of cold water and using a butter knife bring the pastry together, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile add the butter to a frying pan with the onions, shallots and thyme and fry over a gentle heat for 15 minutes, without colouring. Add 180ml water and cook until evaporated so the onions are fully cooked, and cool.

  4. Preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C, gas mark  4) and get a baking sheet ready.

  5. Roll out half of the pastry on a lightly floured surface until it is about 0.5cm thick and use to line a 25cm pie dish, leaving an overhang of excess pastry. Roll out the other half of the pastry for a lid to the pie.

  6. Cover the base of the pie with half of the cooked onions followed by half the cheese and repeat again finishing with cheese, seasoning between layers with white pepper.

  7. Brush the edge with egg wash and lay the lid on top, seal by crimping with finger tips or a fork.

  8. Brush the pie with egg wash, cut a couple of slits in the top for the steam to escape and decorate if desired using the pastry off cuts.

  9. Place the pie onto the heated baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.

  10. Leave for 30 minutes before serving at room temperature.

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