Pot pie

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Pot pie
TypeSavoury pie
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Region or stateEngland
Main ingredientsMeat (beef, chicken, lamb or turkey), gravy, mixed vegetables (potatoes, carrots, green beans and peas)

A pot pie, in US and Canadian dialects, is a type of meat pie with a top pie crust that is commonly used throughout the continent,[1] consisting of flaky pastry.[2][3] Pot pies may be made with a variety of fillings including poultry, beef, seafood, or plant-based meat substitute fillings, and may also differ in the types of crust. In both countries (US and Canada), various versions exist and can vary significantly in terms of both preparation and ingredients, with chicken pot pie being the most popular variety of the dish.[citation needed]


In the 16th century, the English gentry revived the custom of serving pies and the tradition soon swept the country. A British food commenter once described them as, "which they bake in pasties, and this venison pasty is a dainty rarely found in any other kingdom."[4] The meat pies made by the English of that era (called pot pies in North America) would include various meats such as pork, lamb, birds and game. During the reign of Elizabeth I, English cooks made pies using “chicken peepers,” which consisted of chicks stuffed with gooseberries. The obsession with pies spread to the New World soon after it spread across Europe when the first European American settlers took their pie recipes with them when they moved westward.[5]


Homemade chicken and vegetable pot pie, cut open

Pot pie can be prepared in a many of ways including in a skillet over a stovetop,[6] in a baking dish in an oven,[7] or in a pie iron over a campfire.[8] There are numerous other types of pot pies including taco, ham and brie pizza, and steak and mushroom.[9] The pie shell and crust can be made from scratch or can be fashioned from store bought pie crust or biscuit dough and includes ingredients such as butter, lard, olive oil, flour, and shortening.[10] Once prepared and served, the pot pie leftovers can be stored in the freezer for later consumption.[11]

Pennsylvania Dutch pot pie[edit]

In the Pennsylvania Dutch region, some people make a dish called "bot boi" (or "bottboi"[12]) by Pennsylvania German-speaking natives. Pennsylvania Dutch pot pie is a stew without a crust.[13] Most commonly made with chicken, it usually includes homemade dumpling-style dough noodles and potatoes, and sometimes vegetables such as carrots or celery.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pot Pie". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ "pot pie - Definition of pot pie in English by Oxford Dictionaries". Oxford Dictionaries - English. Archived from the original on January 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "pot pie - meaning of pot pie in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English - LDOCE". www.ldoceonline.com.
  4. ^ "Meat Pot Pie Has a Colorful History : Pastry Dish, an Old Standby, Goes Back to Roman Empire". Los Angeles Times. 1985-07-05. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  5. ^ "Meat Pot Pie Has a Colorful History : Pastry Dish, an Old Standby, Goes Back to Roman Empire". Los Angeles Times. 5 July 1985. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Easy Skillet Chicken Pot Pie". Perdue.com. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Creamy Chicken Pot Pie". Perdue.com. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Campfire Chicken Pot Pie". Perdue.com. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Great News: You Can Turn Anything Into A Pot Pie". HuffPost. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  10. ^ "Homemade Chicken Pot Pie". BettyCrocker.com. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  11. ^ Selasky, Susan. "Ask the Test Kitchen: Freezing chicken pot pie is a breeze". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  12. ^ "Pennsylvania Dutch Dictionary: Bottboi". www.padutchdictionary.com. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  13. ^ Longacre, D. J. (1976). More-with-Less Cookbook. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press
  14. ^ Negley, Erin. "Discuss: Pot pie in Lancaster County is comfort food, minus the crust". LancasterOnline.