Think pie and your mental image probably skews sweet, but there’s a whole world of savory pies that are just as crave-worthy as any dessert. Based on Google’s Pi Day data, much of America agrees (since they’re searching for lots of chicken pot pie and shepherd’s pie). But in case you’re in need of some specific inspiration, here are some of our very favorite savory pies to serve for dinner any day of the year. They’re just particularly perfect for March 14.
A rye flour crust with caraway seeds is an ingenious way to contain a hearty filling of pastrami, potatoes, onions, cheese, brussels sprouts, and grainy mustard. Think of it as a pastrami sandwich—complete with sides—in pie form. And if you’re a fan, mix in some well-drained sauerkraut for a Reuben-esuqe upgrade. Get our Savory Pastrami and Cheese Pie recipe.
The savory, sweet, and salty combo of ground beef, olives, and raisins known as picadillo is often served with rice, but tuck it into pockets of flaky, buttery, crisp yet tender pastry and it’s perfection—not to mention perfectly portable, one of the great benefits of all hand pies. Add extra hot sauce to the filling if you like spice. Get our Savory Picadillo Meat Pies recipe.
This may stretch the definition of pie—it usually has no crust of any kind, save mashed potatoes—but since “pie” is in the name, we’ll allow it. Shepherd’s pie (or cottage pie) is a comfort food classic for good reason. But if you want to tweak it, try a turkey version, or one topped with kohlrabi. Get our Beef Shepherd’s Pie recipe.
4. Fish Pie
Much like shepherd’s pie, fish pie is an English and Irish staple that usually doesn’t dally with pastry, but has a cap of mashed potatoes instead. Our version uses smoked salmon and fresh white fish, plus plenty of parsley and chives. Get our Fish Pie recipe.
Perhaps the most beloved savory pie, chicken pot pie comes in countless variations, but this is an easy version that’ll feed a crowd, and fast. Just shred or chop leftover chicken (or a store-bought rotisserie chicken) and mix it with a quick cream sauce and vegetables, then pour it into a casserole dish and top with thawed puff pastry. Get our Chicken Pot Pie recipe.
These individual pot pies call for a homemade pie dough, but there’s no reason you can’t use the same puff pastry shortcut for them too. Leeks and cremini mushrooms join the usual carrots and peas in the cream sauce coating the juicy chicken. Toss together a simple salad and you’ll want for nothing. Well, maybe a glass of wine to go with. Get our Chicken Mushroom Pot Pies recipe.
7. Spinach Pie
Making this spanakopita pie is like wrapping a present; you layer the tissue-thin phyllo sheets in your pie dish, add the cheesy spinach filling (enriched with eggs and sauteed onion), then fold the overhanging layers of pastry over the top where they rumple and ruffle. Bake until golden brown, and then give yourself the gift of a satisfying vegetarian dinner. Get our Spinach Pie recipe.
8. Tomato Pie
A classic Southern dish best for showcasing ripe summer tomatoes, you can still make a tasty tomato pie out of season. All that cheese sure helps. Get our Tomato Pie recipe.
Speaking of cheese, if you’re in the mood for burgers but not necessarily all the work that goes into building them, try a cheeseburger pie. The ground beef filling is topped with a batter of flour, eggs, milk, and cheese for a crust that practically makes itself. Get our Cheeseburger Pie recipe.
If you’re up for a bit more work, pizza Chiena, or pizza rustica, is a traditional Italian Easter pie with a double crust enclosing a rich filling of cured meats, eggs, and cheese. Seriously, it’s like an antipasto platter inside. Get our Italian Easter Pie recipe.
It’s almost a shame to break open the flaky, golden crust of this British pub-inspired pie. But how else would you get to the melting-tender short ribs braised in nutty ale, along with carrots and onions and other good things, underneath? Get our Braised Beef and Ale Pie recipe.
12. Mini Tamale Pies
Whether you’re looking for a snack to go along with Netflix and beer on Friday night or something to serve at a March Madness party (or any party, really), these mini tamale pies with cumin-spiced beef filling and tender masa crusts are perfect little bites. Get our Mini Tamale Pies recipe.
A quiche might be more of a tart, but it’s often made with a frozen pie crust, in which case, it totally counts. This version is packed with veggies (broccoli, mushrooms, and onions, to be exact), but still has a hefty dose of cheese. Get our Broccoli, Mushroom, and Gouda Quiche recipe.
We can’t quit hand pies, so we present this vegetarian version with sweet butternut squash and tangy goat cheese. Pack them on a picnic, take them to work, or serve them with a salad for dinner. Get our Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Hand Pies recipe.
No discussion of savory pies is complete without at least a mention of pizza…which may definitely not count as an actual pie, but it’s called “pizza pie” often enough that it doesn’t matter. We’re hard-pressed to pick a favorite (there are so many regional styles of pizza to choose from, and then gluten-free options, and grilled versions), but this Baking Steel pizza recipe with oozy eggs and crisp-edged bacon is great because you can eat it for lunch, dinner, or breakfast. Get the Sous Vide Egg and Bacon Pizza recipe.
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