Cheesy Bean Nests

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I was looking for something a little different to do with my pantry items, so decided to go with something baked.  While inspired by Gregg’s Bean and Cheese Bakes, this is more, and, well yes, less.   It has more ingredients, but less filling per pastry.


  • Pastry Dough as per Easy as Pie or commercially pre-made approx 350-375 g
  • Baked Beans 400g tin
  • Cheese 100 g Cheddar or Leicester
  • Onion 1 small
  • Potato 1 medium
  • Oil 1 tsp
  • Ground Black Pepper 1/2 tsp


Prepare the dough as per recipe or instructions.  Preheat oven to 200 C/ 390 F.  Dice the onion, and peel and cube (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces) the potato.  In a frying pan add the oil and fry off the onion and potato till it begins to brown.  Add fried ingredients to a mixing bowl and add the tinned beans (no need to drain), and pepper.  Grate the cheese into the mixture and stir well.  Cut the dough into 6 even pieces (you can see in photo I made five with one double sized as an experiment).  Roll out into circular disks.  Spoon about 4 or 5 tablespoons of bean mixture into the centre of each “nest” and then fold corners to to the centre.  Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and place the nests on to it spaced evenly.  Bake for 45 minutes.  When finished, heat any remaining bean mixture in a saucepan and spoon over warm nests.


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