Pies and tarts are the ultimate in comfort food: nothing quite beats a buttery, flaky pastry with a tasty filling. Conveniently served warm or cold, pies and tarts are easily transported and therefore work well as picnic offerings or take-along meals. Serve a wedge with salad for a light lunch, or make individual pies for passing around at a party: fabulous one-handed food!
Turning leftovers into a pie or tart is also a wonderful way to give last night’s dinner a new life. Learn a basic pastry recipe (see Pastry – Shortcrust in the Cook’s Companion) and suddenly the possibilities are endless.
Here are nine recipes and ideas for delicious savoury tarts and pies.
Egg & Bacon Pie
This egg and bacon pie is perfect picnic fare, when one needs maximum satisfaction with every bite! Can be served warm or cold. Click for recipe.
Merna's Sausage Rolls
Merna was the mother of a friend and her sausage rolls were famous. These sausage rolls can be cooked in advance and then reheated at 180°C for 15 minutes when required. Click for recipe.
Mary's Rabbit Pie
Mary was my mother and my mentor. This rabbit pie is a family heirloom, cooked wherever and whenever my family meets. Click for recipe.
Potato Torte Using Lefover Mash
Mix 1 1/2 cups warmed mashed potato with 1 egg, a handful each of freshly grated parmesan and ricotta, 2-3 tablespoons melted butter, salt, pepper and enough warm milk to make a smooth but stiff filling. Assemble and bake torte using an olive oil pastry.
Fill small blind-baked pastry cases with chunky, well-seasoned, garlickly, fresh tomato sauce that has been reduced until thick. Add some roasted peeled sweet peppers, if available. Stir in freshly chopped basil and warm for 5 mins in an oven set at 220degC. Serve topped with creme fraiche or soft fresh goat's cheese and a dollop of tapenade.
Silverbeet & Potato Torte.
This lovely silverbeet and potato torte originates in northern Italy. The cheese is supposed to be a fontina from the Italian Alps, but the first time I made the torte I substituted a well-made Australian cheddar. It was still delicious but I must admit that a cheese with a little more ‘stretch’ is a better choice. Click for recipe.
These cheesy tart is made with gruyere or emmental cut into tiny dice and scattered over the pastry, before being covered with a cream and egg mixture and then baked. Find the recipe in the Cook's Companion App or book.
Parsley & Ham Tart
This tart will be very popular! It is packed with good things, so the wedges can be quite modest in size. Find the recipe in my book, The Cook's Table.
The Cook’s Companion App and book.
The Cook’s Table