Savory Hand Pies

by Heather

 

Have you ever had a hand pie? In the ever-evolving world of food trends and culinary delights, certain dishes emerge to captivate our taste buds and create a buzz in the foodie community. One such culinary sensation that has gained remarkable popularity in recent years is the savory hand pie. These compact pockets of deliciousness have taken the culinary world by storm, offering a perfect combination of convenience, flavor, and versatility. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the growing popularity of savory hand pies, exploring their origins, the diverse range of fillings, and why they have become a beloved treat for food enthusiasts around the world.

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The Allure of Hand Pies

Before we delve into the specifics of savory hand pies, it’s essential to understand what makes hand pies so irresistible to people of all ages. The concept is simple but ingenious: a handheld, pastry-wrapped package filled with delectable ingredients. This handheld aspect is what makes hand pies so appealing. They are portable, easy to eat on the go, and can be customized to suit a wide range of tastes and dietary preferences.

A Taste of History: The Origins of Hand Pies

Savory hand pies are by no means a new creation. In fact, they have a rich history that dates back centuries. The concept of wrapping fillings in pastry has been a part of many different cuisines, from pasties in Cornwall, England, to empanadas in Latin America. Hand pies are the result of this global culinary cross-pollination.

The idea of portable, savory pastries filled with meat and vegetables can be traced back to medieval Europe. These early hand pies, known as “pyes,” were a practical solution for travelers and laborers. The pastry shell provided a convenient way to transport and consume a meal without the need for utensils. Over time, various cultures and regions put their own spin on hand pies, leading to the diverse range of flavors and styles we enjoy today.

Rolling Hand Pies

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Modern Revival: The Resurgence of Hand Pies

While hand pies have a long and storied history, their resurgence in popularity can be attributed to several factors. One of the key drivers of this resurgence is the contemporary desire for convenience and portability. In a fast-paced world, where people are often on the move, hand pies fit perfectly into our busy lifestyles. They make for an ideal snack, lunch, or even a quick dinner option.

Moreover, food culture has become increasingly global, with the internet and social media allowing people to discover and share culinary experiences from around the world. This exposure to different cultures and cuisines has sparked interest in hand pies from various regions, such as Indian samosas, Jamaican patties, and Australian meat pies. These global influences have contributed to the growing popularity of hand pies in diverse food scenes.

Apple Hand Pies

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Diverse and Exciting Fillings

One of the most exciting aspects of savory hand pies is the sheer variety of fillings that can be used. These pocket-sized creations are a canvas for creativity and experimentation, making them appealing to both chefs and home cooks alike. Let’s explore some of the mouthwatering fillings that have contributed to the rising popularity of savory hand pies:

  1. Classic Meat Fillings: Traditional meat fillings like beef, chicken, and lamb have a timeless appeal. These savory options are often combined with aromatic spices and vegetables, creating a harmonious blend of flavors. Think of the savory goodness of a classic chicken pot pie or a hearty beef and mushroom hand pie.
  2. Vegetarian and Vegan Options: The demand for plant-based alternatives has given rise to a plethora of vegetarian and vegan hand pie options. Spinach and feta, butternut squash and sage, or lentil and vegetable fillings provide a satisfying and flavorful experience for those who prefer meatless options.
  3. Seafood Delights: Seafood lovers can savor the delights of hand pies filled with shrimp, crab, or flaky white fish. These options often come with complementary ingredients like leeks, dill, and creamy sauces that highlight the delicate flavors of the sea.
  4. Exotic International Flavors: As mentioned earlier, the influence of global cuisines has introduced an exciting array of international flavors. Whether it’s the spicy kick of a Jamaican beef patty or the complex spices of an Indian samosa, these international hand pies offer an adventure for the taste buds.
  5. Breakfast Hand Pies: Hand pies aren’t limited to savory flavors alone. The breakfast hand pie is a delightful morning option, with fillings like eggs, cheese, and bacon creating a portable morning meal.
  6. Dessert Hand Pies: While this article primarily focuses on savory hand pies, it’s essential to mention that the concept extends to the sweet realm as well. Dessert hand pies, often filled with fruits, chocolate, or nut fillings, provide a delightful treat for those with a sweet tooth.

Versatile and Convenient: A Perfect Snack or Meal

The appeal of savory hand pies is also tied to their remarkable versatility. They can be enjoyed at various times of the day and can suit different dietary needs and preferences:

  1. Snack on the Go: The portable nature of hand pies makes them an ideal choice for a quick and satisfying snack while running errands, traveling, or during work breaks.
  2. Lunch or Dinner: Hand pies can easily transition from a snack to a hearty meal. Paired with a side salad or vegetables, they make for a substantial lunch or dinner option.
  3. Party and Catering: Savory hand pies are a hit at parties and gatherings. Their small, self-contained servings are perfect for guests to enjoy without the need for plates and cutlery.
  4. Freezer-Friendly: Hand pies are also freezer-friendly, allowing you to prepare batches in advance for a convenient and delicious meal option on busy days.

Savory Hand Pies

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The Love for Homemade Hand Pies

The growing popularity of savory hand pies has extended to home kitchens as well. Many individuals are now experimenting with homemade hand pies. The joy of crafting your own hand pies lies in the ability to control the ingredients and customize fillings to your liking. It’s a creative and satisfying endeavor that can be enjoyed with friends and family.

The internet is teeming with countless recipes, tutorials, and tips for making hand pies, making it accessible for aspiring bakers of all skill levels. The process of making hand pies is a culinary journey that allows for experimentation, adaptation, and innovation.

The Visual Appeal: Artistry in Every Bite

Savory hand pies not only tantalize the taste buds but also delight the eyes. The golden, flaky pastry shells provide a stunning contrast to the vibrant, flavorful fillings inside. This visual appeal has made hand pies a popular choice for food bloggers and social media enthusiasts. The hashtag #handpies has gained momentum on platforms like Instagram, with a never-ending stream of stunning hand pie photos showcasing the artistry in every bite.

Food enthusiasts and home cooks are using hand pies as a canvas for their culinary creativity, experimenting with decorative pastry designs and colorful, eye-catching fillings. This aesthetic aspect has contributed to the allure of hand pies as a beautiful and appetizing dish.

The growing popularity of savory hand pies can be attributed to their convenience, versatility, and the diverse range of exciting fillings they offer. From classic meat fillings to exotic international flavors, hand pies cater to a wide spectrum of tastes and preferences, making them a beloved treat for food enthusiasts around the world. Whether you savor the classics or explore innovative creations, the world of hand pies is as limitless as your culinary imagination.

In a fast-paced world where our love for food is as dynamic as ever, savory hand pies have emerged as a cherished companion. They encapsulate the essence of convenience, the art of versatility, and the joy of culinary exploration. As we celebrate the irresistible rise in popularity of these delectable pastries, we invite you to embark on your own hand pie journey, embracing both the traditions of the past and the flavors of the future. Hand pies, in all their savory glory, continue to captivate our taste buds, providing a comforting, portable, and satisfying experience that unites food lovers across the globe.

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SAVORY HAND PIES

Hand Pies WHAT YOU NEED

WHAT YOU NEED 

Premade Pie Crust

Ground Beef

Olive Oil

Brown Gravy Mix

Water

Garlic Powder

Egg

WHAT YOU DO

Unroll pie crust on a floured surface. Use rolling pin to roll out dough until it is thin and even.

Hand Pies ROLLED DOUGHUse heart cookie cutter to create heart pies. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Hand Pies HEARTSFill hearts with meat mixture.

Hand Pies ADD MEATPlace another heart on top.

Hand Pies TOPPERUse a fork to press the sides down and seal.

Hand Pies SEALED  Line up hearts on parchment lined baking sheets.

Hand Pies DONE

Add slasher or injury marks to your stuffed hand pies. Seal with a fork and finish with a brushed on egg wash.

Slasher Hand Pie
Bask in the gloriousness that is your delicious creation!
Hand Pies
Hand Pies

Savory Heart Hand Pies

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

1 premade pie crust such as Pillsbury

3 lbs ground beef, cooked

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 tablespoons brown gravy mix

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 cups water

1 egg

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

Unroll pie crust on a floured surface. Use rolling pin to roll out dough until it is thin and even.

Use heart cookie cutter to create heart pies. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Add ground beef and olive oil to a pan and cook until the ground beef is browned.

Add in gravy mix, garlic powder, and water. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat. Allow the gravy to thicken around the meat.

Fill hearts with meat mixture and place another heart on top. Use a fork to press the sides down and seal.

Whisk egg and brush over the top of hearts.

Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

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8 comments

Natalee Clark October 23, 2023 - 5:46 pm
These look amazing!
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Anne Perry October 24, 2023 - 6:22 am
These are very cute. I have never made hand pies.
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Dena Akbar October 24, 2023 - 10:37 pm
These are very cute. I have never made hand pies.
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Amy D October 27, 2023 - 7:02 am
These are so cute! I have a heart cookie cutter that would work perfectly for these. My family would really enjoys this treat!
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SARA November 17, 2023 - 3:42 pm
Shove it in my gullet!!!
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Melissa Storms November 20, 2023 - 9:02 pm
These look so cute. I love that you can fill them with just about anything. I am going to try shredded chicken with sauce and mozz cheese first. Thank you for sharing the recipe, I am in such a meal planning rut and cook at least 2 meals every single day.
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Maria Egan November 26, 2023 - 5:07 pm
There is a British restaurant near me, and they have some of the best hand pies. I would like to try making them on my own.
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Ashley Parks February 13, 2024 - 11:18 pm
They do look amazing! I've never tried to make anything like this, but it looks fun and tasty! I love the heart! This would be fun to try tomorrow for Valentine's Day.
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