Enfield Shaker Potato Pie With Buttered Crumb Top

Enfield Shaker Potato Pie with Buttered Crumb Top
Enfield Shaker Potato Pie With Buttered Crumb Top

3 cups mashed potatoes
1 cup thick cream
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cubed cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon raw grated onion
1 cup buttered bread crumbs

This is a nice way to use up mashed potatoes. Beat them with cream to make them fluffy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Put in ovenproof baking dish and push little pieces of cheese within the potatoes. Mix onions and buttered bread crumbs together and let this form the crust of the pie. Cook in moderate 350 degree F. oven for 20 minutes or until heated through. SERVES 4.

COOKING SUGGESTIONS: If you have more potatoes than the recipe calls for, simply scale up the other ingredients. Cheddar cheese was a favorite among the Shakers, but if you have another semi-hard cheese in your kitchen (for example, Colby, Monterey Jack, or even Pepper Jack), feel free to substitute.

Enfield Shaker Potato Pie With Buttered Crumb Top – Updated Version


1 1/2 lb. raw potatoes
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon grated raw onion

Peel and cut potatoes into 2″ cubes and boil in lightly salted water for 15 minutes. Drain and mash. Mix in cream, salt, and freshly ground pepper. Stir in grated cheese. Place mixture in a lightly greased 1 quart baking dish. On medium heat melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small frying pan and add the bread crumbs, stirring until lightly browned. Remove from heat and add 1 tablespoon grated raw onion. Spread the bread crumb mixture over the potatoes and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. SERVES 4.

Leftovers are delicious served the next morning shaped into small cakes and fried in a little butter to accompany eggs.

This recipe first appeared in The Best of Shaker Cooking, edited by Amy Bess Miller and Persis Fuller (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. 1970), based on Shaker manuscript recipes, 19th century Shaker almanacs, and the Shakers’ own publication, “The Manifesto”. The Best of Shaker Cooking is still in print and available from Amazon or purchased from the Enfield Shaker Museum gift shop.