Bacon & Sweetcorn Pie, mash and peas, 32p a serving, Meal Plan 1
This recipe is one of those extremely variable ones. You can bake this as a pie, or steam it as a pudding and change the filling in a great many ways. This version costs just 32p a serving, including all sides The bacon & sweetcorn pie features on Meal Plan 1 and can be used as a real blow out Sunday lunch by following it with Baked Marmalade Sponge.
Flavour Variations of the Bacon & Sweetcorn Pie
If you have some, gravy would go well with this. If you like things like steak and kidney pudding, it would be worthwhile trying this cooked in that way. Instead of using a flan dish, put two thirds of the pastry in a one pound pudding basin, pile in the filling and top with the remaining pastry. Cover tightly with a lid or a double layer of greaseproof paper tied round the top of the basin tightly with string, and steam for about 2 hours. Can be done in a slow cooker to save fuel. I generally make a double quantity in a 20cm dish and serve it 2 days running (there are just the two of us here) This is a good base for a pie and once you have mastered it, it has many variations. You could substitute
- 70g chicken for the bacon
- 70g corned beef for the bacon
- 70g salmon and prawns for the bacon
- Mushrooms for the sweetcorn
- Onions for the sweetcorn
- Add curry paste or powder
- Add soy sauce and/or fish sauce
- Add tomato sauce, brown sauce or tomato paste
And of course, any of the variations can also be steamed as a pudding instead of baked as a pie.
This is from Meal Plan 1, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks, all recipes and a shopping list
- 70 g cooking bacon chopped small, £1/600g 11p
- 50 g onion chopped, Asda SP 70p/kg, 3p
- 50 g sweetcorn Asda SP 99p/kg, 5p
- 100 g self-raising flour 45p/1.5kg, 3p
- 15 g self-raising flour 45p/1.5kg, 3p
- 50 ml veg oil £1.09/litre, 5p
- 5 ml veg oil £1.09/litre, 1p
- 400 g potatoes cooked and mashed, Asda SP £0.50/kg, 20p
- 160 g peas Asda SP 68p/kg, 11p
Make The Filling
- Sauté the onion in the 5ml of oil until soft.
- Mix the 15g flour with 100ml water and add to the pan. Stir around until thickened.
- Season, but be light handed with the salt as you will be adding the bacon.
- Stir in the chopped bacon and sweetcorn. Leave to cool a little.
Make The Pastry
- Put the 50ml oil and 100g flour in a bowl and add about 50ml water bit by bit until you have a soft dough. If you have time, the pastry will benefit by being left to rest for a few minutes. How to make pastry using oil hints. You need to add the water, otherwise, the pastry will be impossible to roll
- Roll out half of the pastry and use to line a flan dish etc big enough for two portions.
- Pile in the filling mixture and top with the remaining pastry.
- Bake the pie at 180C/160 fan/Gas 4 for about 30 minutes until golden
- Meanwhile cook and mash the potatoes and cook the peas.
- Serve with the mashed potatoes and peas.
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one