Savoury pies have long been beloved of both cooks and their audiences. Pies enabled small amounts of ingredients to be put together to yield a large, substantive dish.
Some traditional pie recipes in this section have been selected to illustrate or support entries in the encyclopaedia.
A delicious quiche-like pie that costs only the price of a cup of milk, 2 eggs and a few onions to make. This is a good week-day dish as it is economical, does not require much of your attention, and you are very likely to have all the ingredients on hand
With its robust flavours, a slice of this quiche easily stands up as the main item on a plate of food. You can serve this quiche hot in the winter, or room temperature in the summer.
This is dead easy; the long paragraph in the directions is just explaining how to make a rim on the tart squares, which is actually the work of seconds. It took way longer to think of how to describe this than it would to just do it!
This recipe has a high futz factor. But it is such a good vegetarian dish, the meat-eaters at the table will ignore the roast and dig into the vegetarians’ dinner!
This pie has a gorgeous filling, a gorgeous crust, and so few ingredients! Yet the flavours of the chicken, chestnut mushrooms and white wine come through in a memorable dish.
The onions turn really sweet because they are cooked for so long, first in the frying pan and then again in the oven. Very nice with a salad with tomatoes in it.
Hot Water Crust Pastry is used to make raised pies. It makes a stiff yet tender pastry that can stand up by itself and form a shell or casing that can be cooked without the support of a pan or tin.
You can buy a pizza base at the store already made, buy the dough in the chiller cabinets of some stores, or have your bread machine make it for you. Your bread machine can make it for pennies, but it will take about 2 hours for it to make the dough for yo
This pumpkin quiche with phyllo crust is both a conversation piece and a crowd pleaser. It’s relatively easy to throw together because we’re using three cheats: a can of pumpkin, a carton of liquid egg, and the delicious crust is just sheets of store-bought phyllo.
A good hearty, economical winter veg dish. Delicious served with some kind of gravy, especially mushroom gravy.
This is a bit of futzing, but as most of these kinds of recipes are for meat, it was worth including this meatless one. The prunes are actually gorgeous in it, particularly with the squash.
The measurements in this pie don’t have to be exact: it is a classic English recipe designed to use up leftovers.