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

August 14, 2014

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For the first few months that Roo started school, she had the exact same thing in the lunchbox, cheese and pickle sandwiches, a yoghurt, 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

Personally I think the key things to remember for children’s lunch boxes are:

  • Healthy
  • Appetising
  • Fun!

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



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A twist on a tradtional pasty that can be made into almost any shape to cheer up children’s (or adults) lunch boxes.


  • 2x medium potatoes

  • 250g cheese

  • Sandwich pickle

  • A packet of ready to roll puff pastry

  • Cookie cutters or a sharp knife

  • An egg or milk to seal the pastry

  • Oven tray


  • Preheat your oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5
  • Peal and grate your potatoes, you can diced instead of grating but I find the filling fluffier with grated potato
  • Grate the cheese and mix together with the potato
  • 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
  • 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
  • Add a teaspoon of sandwich pickle onto of your filling before adding the matching pastry shapes to cover
  • 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
  • Place on an oven tray and bake for 35-40mins


  • Why not try different variations; add onion, leek or even some ham to alternate this delicious lunch time treat.
  • Manneskjur August 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm

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

  • Amanda August 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

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

  • Pinkoddy August 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

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

  • Ali at kidschaos.com August 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Tummy is officially rumbling now…

  • susanna August 14, 2014 at 7:15 pm

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

  • Jess Howliston August 15, 2014 at 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

  • louise August 15, 2014 at 10:16 am

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

  • Lori August 15, 2014 at 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

  • Hannah Staveley August 15, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Oh my word I so want to try them .x

  • Mary Keynko August 15, 2014 at 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!

  • Mum of One August 15, 2014 at 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 πŸ™‚

  • You Baby Me Mummy August 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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

  • Jen aka The Mad House August 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Oh Wow, I have never thought of adding pickle. Yummy

  • Aisha from expatlog August 15, 2014 at 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!

  • julie August 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm

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

  • Shell Louise August 17, 2014 at 12:01 am

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

  • Sara August 17, 2014 at 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! πŸ˜€

  • Globalmouse August 17, 2014 at 8:17 am

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

  • Fritha Strickland August 18, 2014 at 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

  • Kara Guppy August 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    My tummy is rumbling already – look delicious

  • agatapokutycka August 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm

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

  • Kirsty Hijacked By Twins October 6, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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

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