Pot Pie

I love a great homemade pot pie, always have, always will. Pot pies were something I grew up eating. But at my age, they are now considered an indulgent treat. My whole family loves these savory pot pies and who can blame them, they are a rich comfort food that’s perfect on a cold winter night.

My mom made pot pies when I was a kid, but typically only once a year–the day after Thanksgiving. Many people do this because they are a great way to use up leftover turkey. I’m not a fan of leftovers generally, but pot pies are my one exception.

Many believe pot pies originated in Greece where it was common for the meat to be cooked and placed in open pastry shells called “artocreas”. The Romans are the ones who added a top crust making it into a fully enclosed savory pie. It was not until the 19th Century that pot pies became popular in America.

Process-wise, this dish is rather versatile and can be made in the oven, on the stovetop, in a large casserole dish, or individually, without sacrificing a thing. Typically, pot pies have a single flaky pie crust on top, but sometimes, like their fruit pie cousins, they are made with a second-bottom crust as well.

While I prefer turkey or chicken in my pot pies, beef or vegetables work just as well in this recipe. This cross-cultural dish is so adaptable, you can even find amazing vegan-friendly versions out there. I make my pot pies with a single top crust typically individual, for a more dramatic presentation.

Two critical components to remember when making a great pot pie: (1) a killer crust (I use my pate brisee (pie dough)_ recipe with half the sugar) and (2) a creamy, flavorful filling. So no shortcuts. Not a quick meal by any means, they are a labor of love that’s worth it if done well. Pot pies can be made and baked, held in the refrigerator for later, or frozen and baked another day, something I do often.

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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