Pork and bacon pot pies


Rustic. Comforting. Relaxed. Those are the three words that come to mind when digging into a pot pie. Pot pies are not part of the Filipino culinary tradition, I certainly did not grow up with them but I feel such an affinity with pot pies. Where the affinity came from, I know not. If reincarnation were true, perhaps, I lived in Europe centuries ago.Pot pies are so … [Read more...]

Pork curry empanada


Using the 20-minute ground pork and vegetable curry for the filling, I made pork curry empanadas the other night. See, the last time Speedy came home with bags of chicken curry empanada from Kowloon House, we were very disappointed. Apparently, Kowloon has changed the recipe and the chicken curry empanada is now so sweet it can be served as dessert. I promised myself I'd … [Read more...]

Salmon and vegetables pot pie


I love pot pies. I love the surprise hidden underneath the golden crust, I love the steam that hits your face as you break through the crust, I love the contrast between the flaky crust and the creamy filling. In fact, I love savory pies more than sweet pies. And it doesn't matter if the pie is in pocket form (empanadas), a full-sized pie or a single serve pot pie. This … [Read more...]

Spinach, bacon and cream cheese pot pie


If we're going to be precise, this is a quiche and not a pot pie. The filling is really an omelet mixture -- eggs, milk and cream cheese with spinach, bacon and onion -- so, it's technically a quiche. Except that a quiche is nestled in a crust rather than covered on top by a crust. Which makes this a kind of pot pie because there is a crust on top. But then pot pies don't … [Read more...]

Chicken turnovers (a.k.a. chicken pie)


The most challenging part about baking a pie is making the crust. Seriously. You can have the best filling but if you have a lousy crust, you still have a lousy pie. I'm not so bad with making crusts. I've done savory pot pies and dessert pies, and they came out okay. What I haven't tried is baking a pie using homemade puff pastry. I will, someday, but not just yet. I … [Read more...]

Beef brisket and sour cream pot pie


Cubes of tender beef brisket are lightly tossed in butter with leeks, celery and carrots, then sour cream is added to bind everything together. The creamy beef and vegetables are spooned into ramekins, covered and sealed with pie crust, and baked until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden. The pot pie is served straight from the oven. When you cut through the … [Read more...]

Is it cottage pie, shepherd’s pie or farmer’s pie?


In the recipe archive, there are three dishes -- here, here and here -- that I call farmer's pie. All are baked dishes consisting of two layers -- a meat stew at the bottom and mashed potatoes on top.More than once, I've been told that they are shepherd's pies or cottage pies but I have resisted calling them either.Cottage pie traditionally refers to minced … [Read more...]

Beef and mushroom pot pie


A pie can either be sweet or savory. A savory pie is one that has meat or vegetables, or a mixture of both, for its filling. A baked savory pie can have a top crust only or the filling can be encased in top and bottom crusts. The latter is called a pot pie. And this beef and mushroom pie is a pot pie.You can use just about any stew as a filling. There are, however, two … [Read more...]

Chicken pie (pastel de pollo)


A little cream was my chosen binder for meat pie filling. Not anymore. I wondered what would happen if I made a basic chicken and potato salad -- with mayo -- and used it for a chicken pie filling. The result was surprisingly good. Moist but not wet enough to make the bottom crust soggy. In fact, the bottom crust was just as crisp and flaky as the top crust.Bottom … [Read more...]

Chicken, ham and potatoes pie


When my brother-in-law, Sonny, and his family were in the Philippines a year and a half ago for a one-month vacation, we celebrated Sonny's birthday with two parties. The first was an all-family potluck dinner; the second was a catered affair for family and extended family. For the potluck dinner, I brought two trays of a baked chicken and potatoes dish that is very … [Read more...]