Cheesy celeriac, potato & bacon pie

Cheesy celeriac, potato & bacon pie

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 40 mins

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Serves 8
This type of puff pastry pie is called a pithivier. To make it veggie, omit the bacon and use vegetarian cheese

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen unbaked

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal690
  • fat51g
  • saturates26g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre7g
  • protein16g
  • salt2.05g


  • 2 small or 1 large celeriac, peeled, halved and sliced



    The unsung hero of the vegetable world, knobbly, odd-shaped celeriac has a subtle, celery-like…

  • 2 large potatoes, sliced



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 150ml pot double cream
  • few rosemary sprigs, leaves chopped



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 2 x 500g packs puff pastry
  • 150g gruyère, finely sliced



    Gruyère is an undoubted pinnacle of traditional Swiss cheese-making, a culinary masterpiece as…

  • 4 smoked streaky bacon rashers, cut into small chunks



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the celeriac and potatoes in a large pan, cover with salted water and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer until just tender, about 5 mins. Drain, then toss with the cream, rosemary and seasoning. Set aside.

  2. Roll one of the blocks of pastry until just bigger than a large dinner plate, cut into a neat circle and place onto a flat baking sheet. Leaving a 3cm border, spread out a layer of celeriac and potatoes, top with some cheese and bacon, then repeat the layers until all the ingredients are piled up.

  3. Roll out the second block of pastry large enough to completely cover the bottom sheet and filling with some overhang. Brush the bottom border with a little of the egg, then drape the pastry sheet over, pushing down to seal the edges. Trim off the excess with a sharp knife and crimp edge together with a fork. Can be made a day ahead and chilled before baking or frozen for up to 1 month. Defrost completely before baking.

  4. Pierce a steam hole in the top of the pie, brush all over with remaining egg and score the pastry lightly with spoke marks, if you like. Bake for 25 mins until golden brown. Stand for 5 mins before serving.

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Andrew Hall's picture
Andrew Hall
6th Jun, 2020
Loved this recipe. It's very rich so you need to serve it with a salad. Far too much filling - I threw half away. I would say 1 large potato and one small celeriac.
15th Mar, 2011
Delicious and very rich even without the bacon
30th Dec, 2010
I made this twice, 1st time as above and it was lovely. The 2nd time I substituted smoked salmon for the bacon and it was lovely, thought i might try a veggie one next time
26th Nov, 2010
Tesco failed to deliver the pastry, so we had it as a layered pie, with potatoes as the top layer. It was dead tasty... even though I had no pastry and substituted half of the cream for some half-fat creme fraiche. Still felt very, very rich. Served with green beans and petit pois to mop up the lovely sauce. If celeriac isn't your thing this won't change your mind as it celebrates rather than disguises the taste. My 9 year old daughter also liked, despite her general suspicion of food she isn't accustomed to.
6th Nov, 2010
Nice recipe, but the celeriac is definitely not our taste. Though my one year old daughter cleaned her plate twice! I would recommend some extra seasoning.
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