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Hobby Farm Home Presents: Pot Pies

Pot Pies

There are several definitions for the term "pot pie.” According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, a pot pie is "a mixture of meat and vegetables that is covered in a layer of pastry and cooked in a deep dish.” Elinor Klivans, author of Potpies: Yumminess in a Dish (Chronicle Books, 2006), writes that pot pies’ "common thread is that they use simple cooking methods.”

Faced with these varied opinions, it was difficult to decide which recipes to include. Should they all include meat and vegetables? What about crust? Are pot pies main courses to be served only at lunch or dinner, or do people eat them at other times of the day? Can pot pies taste sweet—or just savory?

This magabook (magazine-book) includes nontraditional versions as well as standard pot-pie recipes. One thing these recipes have in common besides their deliciousness: They all feature some sort of crust. We’ll leave it to you to read on and decide whether, in your opinion, that officially qualifies them as pot pies. Enjoy your "research!”

What You’ll Find

The Foundation: recipes for essential stocks and delectable crusts

Traditional Pot Pies: Try recipes for chicken, turkey, beef and vegetable pot pies—all of your favorite comfort-food classics.

Be Adventurous: Also find recipes for more exotic pot pies, including lobster pot pie, duck pie, slow-cooker tomatillo chicken pot pie, savory pot pie with tofu and potatoes, gluten-free shepherd’s pie, and spanakopita with sun-dried tomatoes. We’ve also included recipes for breakfast and dessert pies, as well as beer-pairing suggestions.


Difficult to Define, Easy to Make
The humble pot pie comes filled with a fascinating history.
By Cheryl Morrison

Investing in Stocks
Prepare today for your pot-pie-making future with simple recipes for chicken, beef and vegetable stocks.
By Cheryl Morrison

Crust Recipes
Recipes for all-purpose pot-pie crust, whole-wheat pot-pie crust, cream biscuit pot-pie crust and rough puff pastry
By Sharon Kebschull Barrett

Poultry Pies
Recipes for turkey mole pie, Thanksgiving turkey pot pie, chicken pot pie, duck pie, chicken curry pie with rice crust and Greek spinach chicken pie
By Patricia Lehnhardt

Meaty Pies
Recipes for shepherd’s pie, beef bourguignon pie, ham and broccoli pot pie with Cheddar topper, Italian sausage and potato pie with Parmesan drop biscuits, Philly cheese steak pies with caramelized onions and provolone sauce, and Reuben pie
By Patricia Lehnhardt

Veggie Pot Pies
Recipes for broccoli-cheddar pot pie, rise ’n shine pot pie, everything-but-the-chicken pot pie, stuffin’ and peppers pot pie, sweet potato crunch pot pie and five-cheese pizza pot pie
By Samantha Johnson and Paulette Johnson

Seafood Pies
Recipes for lobster pot pie for two and salmon pie
By Patricia Lehnhardt

Slow-cooker Recipes
Recipes for slow-cooker beef pot pie and tomatillo chicken pot pie
By Rhoda Peacher

Vegan Pot Pies
Recipes for creamy cashew winter harvest and savory pot pie with tofu and potatoes
By Kyra Kirkwood

Gluten-free Goodies
Recipes for gluten-free chicken pot pie with rosemary and citrus, and gluten-free shepherd’s pie with lamb and bacon
By Wendy Bedwell-Wilson

Breakfast Pies
Recipes for breakfast-sausage-hash pot pie; smoked salmon, spinach and potato pie; and apple and biscuit pot pie
By Ashley English

International Pies
Recipes for Thai curried chicken pot pie, layered chicken tamale pie, Greek spanakopita with sun-dried tomatoes, Scottish smoked salmon pasty, shepherd’s pie and French Canadian tourtière
By Fiona Green

Sweet Treats
Recipes for cranberry and white chocolate empanadas, apricot and almond baklava, mini pluot and raspberry crumble pies, and amaretto-flavored peach and mango cobbler
By Fiona Green

What Makes a Pot Pie Great?
You can perfect your pie with these pointers.
By Kristina Mercedes Urquhart

For a Rainy Day
Successfully store, freeze and reheat your homemade pot pies.
By Kevin Fogle

Hops and Harmony
Pot pies and craft beers are a match made in heaven.
By Kevin Fogle

Food for Thought


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Hi Liz!
Thank you for your comment! I apologize for leaving out the baking temperature for that recipe. I checked with the writer of the recipe, and she told me it should say 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hobby Farms Presents Series editor, Irvine, CA
Posted: 4/10/2014 1:29:59 PM
You left the cooking temperature out of the recipe for the Chicken Curry Pie with Rice Crust. So far all the recipes I've tried from the Pot Pie magazine are delish!
Liz, Yacolt, WA
Posted: 4/9/2014 5:35:49 PM
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