Cheese, potato and spinach filo pie recipe

Rick Stein Food Stories - TV Series

As seen on Rick Stein’s Food Stories on BBC Two, this is Rick’s cheese, potato and spinach filo pie recipe. After visiting owner and cheesemaker, Mary Quicke who’s family have been producing artisan Cheddar cheese since 1540, he cooks a cheese, potato and spinach filo pie.

Ingredients for Rick’s cheese, potato and spinach filo pie recipe


  • 600g potatoes, peeled, boiled and cooled, then sliced into 5-6mm thick slices
  • 25g butter
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 260g spinach, washed and wilted and liquid squeezed out
  • 175 ml double cream
  • 1 large (or 2 smaller eggs), beaten
  • 175g mature or vintage cheddar, coarsely grated
  • ½ – 1 tsp English or Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 7-8 sheets of filo pastry
  • 50g butter, melted

How to make Rick’s cheese, potato and spinach filo pie recipe

  1. In a pan heat the butter and add the onion and fry until soft and golden.
  2. Mix the cream with the egg, mustard and season with black pepper.
  3. In a 23-25cm pie dish layer up 4 sheets of buttered filo in the base, alternating directions and allow the excess to overhang the sides.  Now add half of the sliced potato, scatter over some onion, then spinach and then half the cream and cheese. Season with salt and pepper and repeat with the remaining potato, spinach and onion and season again with salt and pepper and top with remaining cream and cheese.  Fold over the overhanging filo and then top with a further 2-3 sheets of buttered filo. Brush the top pf the pie with butter.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes at 210c/190c fan then cover the top with a sheet of foil to prevent burning and turn the oven down to 190/170c fan and cook for a further 20-25 minutes until heated right through. Allow to cool in the tin for about 5-10 mins before serving with green beans or green salad. 

Happy cooking


Charlie Stein’s drink pairing

Lots of butter, cream and cheese! Steer away from the light wines and onto something weightier, like a Chenin Blanc from South Africa.

Rick Stein’s Food Stories

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