There’s no doubt that we love our pies. In fact according to the Heart Foundation, New Zealanders consume 70 million pies every year! That’s around 16 pies per person. Yum.[/be_lead]
Pies are an extremely versatile dish, with all kinds of recipes suited for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While we all love a quality pie from the bakery, making your own pies lets you mix and match ingredients to your hearts content. To help you on your way, we have compiled a few great pie recipes from well-known chefs.
Chelsea Winter is a home-grown celebrity chef and cookbook author. Chelsea is well known for creating recipes with a twist, and her Steak, cheese and mushroom pie is no exception. In this recipe, she takes the classic pie a step further, adding in a whole stack of herbs, spices and vegetables to create a truly unique pie.
While Jamie Oliver is a strong advocate for healthy eating, he still has a sweet-side. Jamie’s Peaches and Cream Pie is a simple and delicious dessert, and makes for a great alternative if you’re a little bored with traditional apple pies.
Brett McGregor has been in the spotlight of the food world since winning Master Chef New Zealand in 2010. Brett’s winter-garden vegetable pies are a simple and delicious way to get your daily intake of vegetables, which you can mix and match to suit your preferences.
Martha Stewart is widely considered to be the queen of pies, producing a range of professional pie recipes that add a touch of home-style cooking. While Martha Stewart has many pie recipes, her Pecan Pie is one of the simplest and tastiest. Pecan pie works with all kinds of fillings, making it great to experiment with.
Annabel Langbein is a well-known television chef in New Zealand who likes to use healthy-organic ingredients in her recipes. Her bacon & egg pie recipe is a small exception to this rule, but it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser in any event.
Gordon Ramsay is arguably among the most well-known chefs in the world. While he’s known to have a bit of temper, it can’t be denied that he knows how to cook. Gordon Ramsay’s shepherd pie is a simple dish that uses ingredients you’d expect to find in any standard pantry, making it a fantastic family meal.
Another international superstar in the world of food, Nigella Lawson has recipe’s for just about anything. Nigella’s Chicken, mushroom and bacon pie is a hearty meal, perfect for a cold day. It’s fairly simple to make and it doesn’t require all that many ingredients.
What do we like about pies?
According to our most recent survey of 2,500 New Zealanders, both savoury and fruit pies tickle our tastebuds, and it seems that we value quality, with taste and texture the two most important drivers of satisfaction. You can find out more about Kiwi pie-eating habits here.