It’s National British Pie week and here in the UK we’ve got some absolute classics. From the delicious shepherd’s pie, to a traditional steak and ale pie, or a creamy fish pie to a humble pork pie. There’s something to suit everyone. But what about the rest of the world? How do they compare to our culinary pie offerings? Let us take you on a tour of pies around the world (or their closest version)
There’s nothing more traditional than an old fashioned all American apple pie. Thick crusty pastry, with a filling of sweet apples, cinnamon and plenty of sugar. Always served warm and usually "a la mode" (with a large serving of vanilla ice cream). Find yourself a diner in New York and it’s sure to be on the menu.
Think of Italian food and straight away it’s pizza and pasta, but the calzone would have to be the Italian version of a pie, essentially a folded pizza! Pizza dough rolled out and one side filled with tomato sauce, vegetables, cheese, meat or whatever takes your fancy. Then it’s folded over and baked till crispy and golden in a pizza oven. Cut into that crusty top to reveal the amazing cooked filling inside.
Often served at parties or festivals the empanadas from Argentina look a little like a small version of a pasty. The filling will depend on which region you are visiting, but can include chicken, beef, ham, onion, olives and usually plenty of spice. For a real taste take a trip to Buenos Aires, the festival atmosphere will just add to the flavour.
A well known starter on many takeaway menus in the UK, but traditionally from Indian street markets, the samosa is now popular all over the world. It is a crispy fried pastry triangle, with a tasty filling of potato, onion, green peas, spices and chilli. With its origins as an easily transported snack along the trade routes, it now find its way into many lunchboxes.
Fill layers of delicate filo pastry with lots of spinach and feta cheese to create the mouthwatering spanakotipas. Eat a slice alongside a fresh greek salad full of fresh tomatoes and olives for a full mediterranean experience.
You can’t visit the Caribbean without tasting a traditional pattie. A pastry turnover filled with spicy vegetables and meat then fried to a golden brown colour. Delicious as a light lunch or starter and so portable you can easily enjoy them on the beach in Jamaica.
Dim Sum would probably be the closest China gets to an individual pie. They can range from a soft steamed dumpling to the more pie-like flaky pastry of a barbeque pork filled char siu sou. Delicious and full of flavour, when you’ve got a taste for them, you’ll definitely be back for more.
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