Back to school – Cheese, potato and pickle pasties {Recipe}

For the first few months that Roo started school she had the exact same thing in the lunchbox, cheese and pickle sandwiches, a youghurt, and a piece of fruit. No matter how much I offered to make something else she always wanted cheese and pickle sandwiches. Now there is nothing wrong with a cheese and pickle sandwich but five days a week is pushing it.

Slowly she has increased her options and it varies between sandwiches, sandwich thins, sausage rolls and pasties. One of her favourite lunch box treats has to be my cheese, potato and pickle pasties. These as so simple to make and can be cut into almost any shape so can really cheer up a lunch box.

Sainsbury's lunch box treats

Cheese, Potato & Pickle Pasties
Serves 12
A twist on a tradtional pasty that can be made into almost any shape to cheer up children's (or adults) lunch boxes.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 2x medium potatoes
  2. 250g cheese
  3. Sandwich pickle
  4. A packet of ready to roll puff pastry
  5. Cookie cutters or a sharp knife
  6. An egg or milk to seal pastry
  7. Oven tray
  1. Preheat your oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5
  2. Peal and grate your potatoes, you can diced instead of grating but I find the filling fluffier with grated potato
  3. Grate the cheese and mix together with the potato
  4. Unroll your ready to roll puff pastry and using the cookie cutters cut out your chosen shapes (I find that solid shapes like hearts, circles etc work best rather than fiddly shapes) - make sure you have a matching pair for each shape you cut
  5. Dab the edge of one of your shapes with milk or a beaten egg then add your filling - don't be afraid of adding too much as it will melt in the oven
  6. Add a teaspoon of sandwich pickle onto of your filling before adding the matching pastry shapes to cover
  7. Ensure the edges are pinched together and brush milk or a beaten egg over the top to give your pastry a good glaze in the oven
  8. Place on an oven tray and bake for 35-40mins
  1. Why not try different variations; add onion, leek or even some ham to alternate this delicious lunch time treat.
Boo Roo and Tigger Too
Personally I think the key things to remember for children’s lunch boxes are:

  • Healthy
  • Appetising
  • Fun!

If like me getting your children to change their eating habits is an uphill battle then why not take a look at the the Sainsbury’s Inspiration Centre:

11 ways to pack goodness into their lunchboxes
9 super quick no cook additions to their lunchboxes
5 delicious and nutritious packed lunch ideas

Disclosure: We received a lunchbox and Sainsbury’s gift voucher FOC in order to share our lunchbox treat.



  1. Manneskjur
    August 14, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    As soon as I get my oven I’ll be on this like a mouse on cheese!

  2. August 14, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    Oh my, the sound and look delicious. I’ve never thought of using pickle.

  3. August 14, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    Oooh now that’s different – I could make that a meal idea served with potatoes and veg too.

  4. August 14, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    LOVE this. We always get into a ham sandwich rut. x

  5. Jess Howliston
    August 15, 2014 / 10:22 am

    These sound yummy! My little boy starts school on September and I’ve been keeping an eye out for different lunch box ideas so lunch doesn’t get boring and these will definitely be going on our list! Thanks for sharing the recipe xx

  6. August 15, 2014 / 10:16 am

    these look good it is always nice to have a change in a pack up or picnic x

  7. August 15, 2014 / 10:19 am

    I’d never thought of pasty for kids but I could see how these could be loads of fun and filled with tasty surprises. X

  8. August 15, 2014 / 10:38 am

    Oh my word I so want to try them .x

  9. August 15, 2014 / 11:51 am

    I love the idea of pickle in a pasty! I don’t have to do lunch boxes any more – but these would be great for a picnic – may have to have a go!

  10. August 15, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    These sound brilliant and I am just approaching the stage where I need to think about lunchbox ideas! I am pinning and will definitely try these out. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. August 15, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    These sound great. I might try Baby with them as she is a poor eater, these might tempt her x

  12. August 15, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    I LOVE pasties but have never attempted to make them before. You make it look so easy it may be time to change that!

  13. August 16, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    Such a good idea to try something different and love the adding of pickle too! x

  14. August 17, 2014 / 12:01 am

    The kids would love to open their lunchboxes and find these inside ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. August 17, 2014 / 7:54 am

    Oh man, I love pasties but the thought of having pickle in one makes me feel a little nauseous, I detest the stuff! Bring me a Cornish any day of the week! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. August 17, 2014 / 8:17 am

    My oldest loves pasties – I never thought of putting pickle in them though – great idea!

  17. August 18, 2014 / 11:02 am

    Pasties are such a great lunch box item! I’m actually thinking of doing lunch boxes for Wilf even though he’s too young for school as it would just make my day that bit easier! x

  18. August 18, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    My tummy is rumbling already – look delicious

  19. August 20, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    Great recipe. I will for sure attempt to make some shortly.
    Thank you for sharing.

  20. October 6, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    Oooh these look so yummy, never mind the kiddies, I’d love one ๐Ÿ™‚ x #FoodieFriday

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