The winter season is starting to slowly creep up on us again. And the changing of the seasons brings changes of taste in the kitchen, as well! Whether you want to warm your belly on a chilly evening, or wow your family with a new spin on a classic meal, these pies from around the world are sure to give you fun new recipes to share with loved ones.
Chinese Meat Pie
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The Chinese meat pie originated in Northern China. They house all of your authentic Chinese flavor, in a soft dough that crisps up when pan fried. Love Chinese dumplings? These are basically the extra large version of that. Whether you make the center with pork, lamb, or beef, you are sure to satisfy your carryout craving in a fun, new way.
Australian or New Zealand Meat Pie
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Down under, they turn things upside down, transforming this hearty meal into a grab and go snack. These hand-size pies have become an iconic part of both Australian and New Zealand cuisine.
Typically made with a center of minced sirloin, onion, carrots and mushrooms, and topped with a beef and tomato based gravy, they’re a lunchtime go-to, and cultural favorite of the Aussies.
South African Bobotie Pie
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This specialty dish originating from Capetown, South Africa is sure to be a show stopper. Reminding us a little bit of a quiche recipe, because of its custardy egg base, the South African Bobotie Pie is a great way to shake things up in the kitchen.
Thanks to its combination of familiar favorites like meat and eggs, with the explosive flavors of garlic and curry, is a great way to encourage your family to try something new.
British Beef Wellington
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While not technically a pie, the British have given us the gift of a puff pastry delicacy so good, you’ll think you are at a five star restaurant. Filet of beef tenderloin wrapped in a flaky crust, accompanied by a red wine reduction, not only looks beautiful, but is an elegant and delicious meal to serve.
If you’re looking to have a date night at home, or wow friends at a dinner party, Beef Wellington is your answer.
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The Russian Piroshki is a snow day staple. These hand pies will warm kids up after hours of playing in frigid temperatures, and satisfy parents after a hard day of shoveling. Soft, golden bread, filled with a mixture of meat and rice will fill up your stomach and warm you from the inside out.
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Nearly every pub or diner you duck into in Spain will claim to have found the secret recipe for the best empanada. Varying from region to region, these turnovers can be filled with various shellfish, fish, or meat. Because of the variations in recipes, you can truly have fun making your own secret recipe with this dish.
Give your family a taste of the world from your own kitchen with any one of these pies from around the world. But if you don’t want to worry about baking and cleaning, you can always get mail order pies from Whisked! You can buy pecan pie online, as well as get a mail order chess pie. There are lots of delicious options!
About the author, Jenna Huntsberger
Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Jenna moved to DC in 2005 to work in nonprofit communications. After deciding her real passion was pastry, she founded Whisked! in 2011, selling baked goods at a local farmer's market. Today, Whisked! cookies and pies are carried in more than 100 retail locations, and have been featured in publications like the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and NPR.