Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sweet Potato Fidget Bake

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This recipe provides a new form to savory Fidget Pie, a tasty English dish. Fidget Pie was named for the type of dish it was prepared in with "fitched," or five sides. This dish serves a hungry crowd after a busy day of work. The traditional way to make Fidget Pie is with a short crust and boiling potatoes. This adaption is made with a loose top crust, making it quicker and easier.

Ingredient list:

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly cubed
4 cooking apples, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
8 slices ham, rolled and cut into pieces
1 c. breadcrumbs
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. toasted almonds
salt and pepper

To make the filling:

Start with the roughly cubed sweet potatoes.

Barely cover with water and boil until tender, drain. Mash half of the sweet potatoes and leave half of them cubed. This will add contrasting textures to the dish. Set aside.

Saute' the apples and onion. Set aside.

In a rather large bowl combine the sweet potatoes, apples and onions, cheese, and ham. Fold together and season with salt and pepper.

This can be placed in a 9" round pie plate for a full size bake.

The mixture can also take the form of individual bakes. To create these convenient bakes, divide and smooth out the filling among 6 large baking ramekins.

To make the topping:

Loosely mix the breadcrumbs and butter with a fork, until combined. Fold in the toasted almonds. Season with salt and pepper. Spread this topping evenly over the filling. Pat down slightly to firm it up.

Bake at 350 deg. F, or until the filling is heated through and the topping is golden. Serve!

The sweet potatoes add a lovely twist in flavor with added nutrition.


  1. Sounds awesome and will be tried shortly here at the Transplanted Lawyer household. Might have to substitute havarti for the cheddar but I don't think that will diminish anything. Would you use anything hotter than standard cayenne pepper (hungarian paprika, for instance) to pep it up?

  2. You certainly could pep it up! I was trying to keep it more traditional English tasting. The sweet potatoes do pep it up too. You can also de-glaze the pan with cider after cooking the apples and onions.

  3. Oh, bacon can be used too. Huntingdon Fidget Pie has bacon and Shropshire Fidget Pie has ham....

  4. As always this looks delicious ! Yum !
    Hope you have a wonderful week, Marcie !