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Don’t Forget the Savory Pies!

After Thanksgiving is a great time to remember that pies do not always have to be sweet! They can also very well be savory. 🙂

In fact, the first pies that were the most popular were the heavy, hearty meat pies. In the Middle Ages, these pies would be huge and stuffed with lots of different types of meat! Sometimes as a joke, the cook would even encase live birds in the pies so that they would escape and fly out when the pie was cut. Ever heard of the nursery ryhme “Sing a Song of Sixpence” that talks about the four and twenty blackbirds that were baked into a pie and then began to sing when the pie was cut open?

Live birds aside, I’m sure we are all familiar with chicken pot pie and quiche, two very good savory pie options with lots of variations. But there are a lot of other options for savory pies out there like sheperd’s pie, cheese pie or spinach pie. Most of the savory pies include some form of meat, potatoes and/or vegetables. They are a great way to use up leftovers!

And if a whole pie isn’t your thing, consider the many hand pie traditions from around the world. Maybe empanadas, pasties or something similar is more your style! These are often easy to make and were created to be to carried around and eaten.

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