Bacon and onion pie

Serves 4

Preparation time less than 30 mins

Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hour

A tasty pie that is simple to make and is sure to be popular with the whole family. Serve with baked beans or peas for a mid-week meal.Ingredients
1kg/2¼lb potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tbsp vegetable oil
250g/9oz bacon, cut into strips
55g/2oz butter
4 onions, finely sliced
pinch of sugar
140g/5oz cheddar, grated
2 tomatoes, sliced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Method
1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the potatoes until soft. Drain and mash.
2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat and cool the bacon in half the butter and the oil in a frying pan until just beginning to brown and crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon.
3. Add the onions to the pan. Add seasoning and the sugar. Fry gently until the onions are soft and caramelised. Take care not to allow them to burn.
4. Return the bacon to the pan and stir evenly through the onions. Add a little stock or water to de-glaze the pan and then tip the mixture into a heatproof dish.
5. Add the remaining butter and 110g/4oz ofthe cheese to the potato. Season and mix well. Preheat the grill to high.
6. Spoon the mixture over the onions and bacon, scatter with the remaining cheese and top with the slices of tomato.
7. Place under a hot grill until the cheese is melted and brown. Serve.

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