5 Pie Recipes From Around The World
Pies are eaten all around the world and can incorporate all kinds of fillings. There are savory pies that are great for when you want a hearty meal, and there are sweet pies that can be great as a dessert. On top of different fillings, there are many different pastry styles. This post delves into 5 exciting pie recipes from around the world that could be worth trying.
Pie Recipes From Around The World – Aussie meat pie
Australia and New Zealand are both known for their tasty meat pies. These typically include a filling of minced beef, onion, and Worcestershire sauce (you can add tomato and various spices too if you like).
A mix of shortcrust pastry on the bottom and puff pastry on the top is often used.
Check out this recipe for a tasty gluten free pie crust if you can’t eat gluten.
It’s also worth noting that while this is a ‘meat’ pie, you can prepare it with potatoes instead if you’re looking for a vegetarian option.
Coulibiac is a tasty Russian fish pie that usually includes salmon and a buttery pastry.
A layer of egg is often included within the pie (although, as this recipe shows, you can substitute this for spinach).
Rice and mushrooms are also typically used within the filling to pack it out.
This pie can be served on its own or with a side of vegetables. Drizzle over a fish sauce for extra flavor!
This plum pie is a popular dessert served throughout Germany.
It’s made using a yeasty dough with a buttery strudel pastry topping.
Italian prune plums are a good choice for the filling/topping as they have the perfect sweet taste when cooked.
You can also add other fruits such as apricots and pears for extra sweetness.
This pie can be eaten on its own or eaten with cream. Check out this zwetschgenkuchen recipe if you’re up for the challenge.
Next stop, Greece. Spanakopita is a popular savory pie containing spinach and feta cheese.
It can make a light lunchtime dish served with a side of salad, or it could be used as a side itself for a main dish such as lamb or lemon chicken.
Unlike other pies listed here, spanakopita uses a thin-leaved filo dough.
You can make your own filo dough from scratch or you can buy premade filo dough to save time.
Pastel de Choclo
Pastel de Choclo is popular throughout South America. It’s very similar to ‘Shepherd’s pie’ but it substitutes potato mash for mashed corn instead.
Ground beef is typically used as the filling, however, you can prepare a vegetarian option by using eggplant instead.
Feel free to also add lots of other fillings such as mushrooms, peppers and onions for extra flavor (red wine vinegar, soy sauce, and coconut milk are also commonly used).
Traditionally it’s cooked in a clay dish in a wood-burning oven, but you can cook it just as well at home in a standard baking tray and oven.