Picnic Food – Cheese and Onion Pasties!



Now given that I am always going on about picnics, I thought I would share with you the sort of food I sometimes make for a picnic.

Himself and the youngest both take sandwiches for lunch each day, so at the weekends I like add a bit of variation to their diet if possible. These pasties are ideal for picnics and are very filling.

You can also vary the fillings, I added ham to himself’s and made it a different shape so I knew which was which 😉.

I am not really sure what has happened to this photograph, the pasty looks burned but it wasn’t.  I have included the recipe for pastry but of course you could buy it ready made.



225g plain flour

100g butter

Pinch of salt

Approximately 30ml cold water

Or a packet of ready made pastry

1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of milk to make an egg wash


1 glug of olive oil

1 white onion

1 sprig of thyme (optional)

Pinch of white pepper

150g  cheddar cheese grated (I used 50g smoked cheddar because I had some left over)

Ham (optional – quantity to your taste)


1. Make the pastry first by either popping all the dry ingredients in a food processor.


2. Pulse until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.


3. Then add the water a little at a time until it comes together.


4. Place it in cling film in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Don’t miss this stage out because it will be much easier to work with if chilled.

5. While it’s chilling, you can prepare the filling. Sauté the onions, adding thyme if using and white pepper,  until they go translucent but then carry on until the liquid around them has dried up. Leave to cool.


6. Pre heat the oven to 220 degrees.

7. After 30 minutes, assemble the pasties by rolling out the pastry. I use a cereal bowl to cut out the circles.

8. Add onion, cheese and ham (if using ) to one side of the circle.

9. Use the egg wash around the outside of the circle, then fold the pastry over to make a half circle. Use a fork to press around the matching edges to seal the pasty and cover the outside with the egg wash.

10. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up and bake for about 20 minutes until browned.


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Have a lovely day!



20 thoughts on “Picnic Food – Cheese and Onion Pasties!

  1. Wow! You made your own pastry! Cool! I love this kind of snack/ picnic food. The filling is endless. It can be vegetarian, hot curry minced, etc.. Great pot-luck dish, too


  2. Wow! You made your own pastry! Cool! I love this kind of snack/ picnic food. The filling is endless…can be vegetarian one day, hot curry mince, etc.. Great pot-luck dish too😊


  3. Not that I’m a complete cliche as a Cornish person, but I LOVE pasties! As for your photo lovely, have you tried picmonkey? Fab image editing, that can lighten pics, also save them to correct size etc to make them take u less room on your blog. I always use picmonkey,

    Stevie xx


    1. Oh Stevie, I read about it only today in a Blog Clinic post but have not had a chance to have a look yet. I really do need to learn more about pictures – thank you so much I will make it a priority. Now, these pasties are a very poor imitation of some I had in Polperro once, we were late back for the car park as I remember . Although we did blame the horse pulling the coach full of tourists for being too slow. We got fined £2 but got given two tickets for ice creams in return – ah I love Cornwall!!! Thanks again lovely lady xx

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  4. I love a homemade pasty. You know exactly what goes in and it just tastes so much nicer than shop-bought ones. I haven’t made pasties in a year or so. Funny how we go through phases.


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