Idaho® Potato-Crusted Mini Cauliflower Gruyere Pies with Bacon Parmigiano Crumb Topping

The ultimate savory pies: scrumptious Idaho® potato crusts, packed with onions, garlic, cauliflower, cheese, eggs and spices, baked with bacon Parmesan crumb topping!

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  • 1¾ pounds Idaho® russet potatoes, unpeeled (3 medium)
  • 8 ounces gruyere cheese, grated (divided)
  • ½ cup low fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more to grease the muffin cups
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 large cloves)
  • 4 cups chopped cauliflower florets (¾-inch pieces)
  • 1½ teaspoons Aleppo pepper, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons low fat milk
  • 6 strips crisp-cooked bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated imported parmigiano cheese (I recommend Parmigiano-Reggiano)
  • You will need a 12-cup muffin tin


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Fill a large pot halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Place potatoes in the pot and when it returns to a boil, cook for 30 minutes. Transfer potatoes to a plate to cool for at least 30 minutes. (While potatoes cook and cool, make the filling)
  2. Peel potatoes using the edge of a knife - the peel will easily slide off and in some cases you can even pull strips of it off with your fingers.
  3. Use the largest holes in a hand-held cheese grater to grate potatoes into a large bowl. Add yogurt, mustard, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper and ¼ of the grated cheese to the potatoes. Mix well with your hands to create a cohesive “dough.”
  4. Generously butter the cups of a 12-cup muffin tin. Divide the potato mixture into 12 equal portions. An easy way is to divide it first into quarters. Then pat or roll each quarter into a thick log and cut into thirds. Roll and squeeze each portion into a ball. Pat it flat, into a 3-inch disc. Lay it over a muffin cup and gently push it down into the cup, shaping and smoothing it until you have a little cup-shaped crust of even thickness. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture. Bake in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes.
  5. To make the filling, melt 2 tablespoons butter with 1 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet or heavy pot with a lid, over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until translucent, lowering the heat if they start to brown. Add cauliflower, ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Pour 2 tablespoons of water into the skillet, cover and steam cauliflower for 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cool for at least 15 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl whisk eggs and milk. Stir in remaining cheese. Add mixture to the cooled cauliflower and stir to combine.
  7. Spoon the filling into the little crusts. It’s ok to heap it up a bit. It will shrink when it cooks. Spoon any remaining egg evenly over the pies. Cook in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes. Remove muffin tin from the oven. Turn the oven up to broil. Mix bacon and Parmigiana cheese in a small bowl or cup. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the tops of the pies. Return tin to the oven for just a minute or two to heat the topping and finish browning the crust, checking every minute to prevent burning.
  8. Let pies cool in the tin for at least 20 minutes for easier unmolding. To unmold run a knife around the edge of each pie. Use the side of the knife to nudge the pie up and then gently pull it out of the tin. Serve warm or at room temperature.  


Time Saving Tip: *For prepping ahead, boiled potatoes can be cooled, covered with plastic wrap, and stored in the fridge overnight. Then just peel, grate and proceed with the recipe.

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Yield: 12 mini pies, 12 side dish servings or serves 6 as a light lunch

Lisa Goldfinger
Food Blogger
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