Cheese and onion roly poly, 57p/38p a portion
This recipe is something I discovered when I had 2 hungry girls at home to feed, and I was going out to work every day too. So having this quick and simple recipe to hand was very useful. It is quite high fat, what with the pastry and the cheese, so not something to have every day, but, like cakes, fine, every now and then.
250g puff pastry, Asda Jus-Rol, 500g/£1.25, 62p
100g Cheddar cheese, Asda mature white cheddar, £4/830g, 48p
An onion, fine chopped, 5p
Serves 2-3, 2 portions = 57p, 3 portions = 38p
Chop the onion really fine. Grate the cheese on a coarse grater. Flour the work surface and roll out the pastry thinly. Now just sprinkle the onion and cheese over the surface of the rolled out pastry.
Roll up the pastry into a Swiss roll shape and place on a baking tray. Slash the top if you like and brush with water.
Cook in a hot oven for 30 minutes until golden brown. Gas Mark 6, 400f, 200c, 180c fan. Serve immediately.
The filling can be flexed with whatever you have. I often add cooked mushrooms, raw ones will make the pastry too wet. This variation is using some cheese DP was given over Christmas by DD1. It is full of chillies, far too hot for me, but DP loves it, so he should really like this as it is one of his favourites anyway.
You could use any cheese you have, including Brie, or a mixture of odds and ends, spring onions, raw grated carrot/ swede/ parsnip, dispense with the cheese and use a little meat, make up a veggie mixture of whatever veg you have, include Quorn or diced chicken. In short, any well flavoured mixture works well when encased in a puff pastry Swiss roll.
I must say that having thought I would be doing a variation of a recipe, I didn’t actually weigh the cheese, so this is a guesstimate.
For 2 portions, 696 calories, 40g protein, 94g carb, 93g fat
For 3 portions, 464 calories, 13g protein, 31g carb, 31g fat
I served this with some roasted veg. I cut up some carrots, onions and cauliflower and put them in the tin. Drizzled a little oil over and dusted them with tandoori spice powder and a little salt, mixed it all up, then cooked them with the roly poly until they were soft, they take the same amount of time.
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