A Savory Pie!

Here’s a recipe that is reminiscent of a good old pasty (a folded pastry case with a savory filling, typically of seasoned meat and vegetables) a la the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Cheese, Ale, and Potato Pie

Ingredients
2 (14-ounce packages) puff pastry, chilled
2-1/4 pounds of medium Yukon gold potatoes
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup of ale (such as Bass, but any kind [light or dark] will do)
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons  of heavy cream
15 ounces (5 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 large egg yolks, plus 1 large egg, lightly beaten
1-1/2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard

Directions
1.  On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each puff pastry sheet to a 10″ x 14″ rectangle.  Stack the pastry sheets on a cookie sheet  with a piece of parchment paper between them.  Refrigerate until chilled.

2.  In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with 1″ of water, add salt, and bring to a boil.  Cook over moderately high heat until the potatoes are just tender (about 15 minutes).  Drain and cool under running water.  Pat the potatoes dry , then peel and quarter and gently crush with your hand or a wooden spoon.

3.  In a medium saucepan, boil the ale over high heat until reduced to 1/3 of a cup (about 5 minutes).  Add the cream and cook , whisking until reduced to 3/4 of a cup (about 5 minutes).  Add the cheese and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce is smooth (about 3 minutes).  Remove from the heat and whisk in the egg yolks, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard.  Season the sauce with the salt and pepper and let cool.  Carefully stir in the crushed potatoes and season again with salt and pepper.

4.  Arrange 1 chilled puff pastry  sheet  on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with some of the beaten egg.  Spread the potato filling on top, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around.  Top with the second sheet of puff pastry  and press the edges together to seal; crimp decoratively.  Brush the top of the pie with more of the beaten egg and cut a few slits for venting.  Refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).

5.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Bake the pie for 25 minutes.  Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees,  rotate the baking sheet and bake until the pastry is browned and the filling is bubbling (about 25-30 minutes longer).  Let cool slightly before serving.

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