Pies. It’s a staple British dish, enjoyed on football terraces, in pubs and around dinner tables for as long as most of us can remember.

Chicken and leek, steak and ale, or even apple pie are such popular foods, great for all kinds of meals. So learn a little bit of pie history and then take a look at the seven best pie recipes to get inspired.

 

A Little Slice of History

Pies are popular today but where did they come from? Historians don’t actually know the origins of the pie, but they have been known to date back as far as the ancient Egyptians. They can then be traced through history from the Romans to the Middle Ages, right through to the modern day.

Every generation has put different fillings in their pies, the Romans even put seafood in their pies. But overall, the pies have been savoury and mostly more crust than actual filling. This has changed recently, with sweet and fruit pies becoming more popular.

 

Best Pie Recipes

So if all this pie talk has got you hungry, then take a look at some of the best pie recipe ideas with a glimpse of what they could be made of below and get inspired. From individual fruit pies to the best chicken pie recipe, these are some seriously tasty dishes.

 

1. Individual Game Pies

Individual Game Pies

This is a classic pie with a new twist that is great for winter dinner parties or other winter events. This is more of a deconstructed pie and doesn’t have a pastry bottom but would go well with classic boiled veg and some hearty roast potatoes.

Ingredients

25g of butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

800g chuck steak cut into pieces

1 sliced medium onion

225 g smoked bacon lardons

2 tbsp plain flour

750 ml hot chicken stock

12 juniper berries, lightly crushed

2 thyme sprigs

1 bay leaf

2 pieces orange peel

200 g ready-rolled puff pastry

250 g pack whole cooked chestnuts

1 medium egg, beaten

 

2. Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

This is of one of the best pie recipes when it comes to pies for pudding. Lemon meringue is always a crowd pleaser that always goes down a treat. It is quite hard to make because of the meringue, but one of the rare occasions that the fiddly bake is worth it when it comes to the outcome. This pie really is a summer classic that works perfectly for weddings and other summer events.

This is a great pie for a sit down dinner as the meringue can mean it’s a pretty tricky eat.

Preparation time: 3hr 45min

Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves 10-12

Ingredients

Pastry:

175g plain flour

100g cold butter, cut into small pieces

1 tablespoon icing sugar

1 egg yolk

Filling:

2 level tablespoons corn flour

100g golden caster sugar

2 large lemon, Finely zested

125ml fresh lemon juice

juice of 1 small orange

85g butter, cut into pieces

3 egg yolks

1 whole egg

Meringue:

4 egg whites, room temperature

200g golden caster sugar

2 level tsp of corn flour

 

3. French Silk Chocolate Pie

French Silk Chocolate Pie

This is definitely one of the best pie recipes around. It’s a creamy and delicious chocolate pie. Whilst silk chocolate pies traditionally make use of raw eggs, this recipe does heat them, so if you are wary of using raw eggs, this could be a good choice.

Silk chocolate pie is a rich pie that works all year round for all kinds of events and would fit right in at a wedding or even a baby shower.

Preparation time: 3hr 45min

Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves 10-12

Ingredients

Crust:

160g all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

¼ cup of solid vegetable shortening, chilled, cut into two pieces

2 tablespoons vodka

2 tablespoons very cold water

Filling:

235ml of heavy cream

225g of dark chocolate chopped finely

3 eggs

150g of granulated sugar

2 tablespoons of water

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

 

4. Vanilla Cherry Pie

Vanilla Cherry Pie

This pie is a seasonal comfort food that is great for entertaining. Perfect for evening events with its crisp short crust pastry, it’s a sweet pie that is sure to be a hit. It would also make sense for special events.

Preparation: 40 minutes, cooking: 1 hour

Serves 8

Filling:

800g Cherries (unpitted weight) halved and pitted

2 tbsp corn flour

140g cherry jame or conserve

75g white caster sugar

1 tbsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

25g slights salted butter chopped into tiny pieces

Pastry:

225g cold slights salted butter chopped into small pieces

400g plain flour

75g white caster sugar or vanilla sugar

2 medium egg yolks (save the whites)

1tsp vanilla extract

 

5. Chicken Pie

Chicken Pot Pie1

This is a beautiful pie that is sure to be a winner wherever you serve it and the best chicken pie recipe going. Ideal for spring time or summer events, this pie would be the star of the show at any garden party or Easter celebration.

Serves 6

Preparation time: 1 hour Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

900g of boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into pieces

2 medium leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped

3 sticks celery, finely sliced

2 teaspoons dried thyme or 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme

2 ½ tablespoons flour

1 glass white wine

300ml full fat milk

salt and pepper

450g good pork sausage

1 lb puff pastry

1 egg

 

6. Fruit Filled Pies

Fruit Filled Hand Pies

These pies are Ideal for bigger events like a drinks reception, where finger food is much more convenient. This pie works all year round and makes for a delicious canapé that everyone will love. This pie would also work well at a summer picnic or garden party, making the best of the seasonal fruits for a truly fresh pie.

Serves 12

Preparation time: 1 hour, Cooking time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

2 cups of stone fruits

1 tablespoon of granulated sugar

Zest of ½ orange

Juice of ½ orange

1 tablespoon corn starch

1 egg lightly beaten

Caster sugar

Pate Brisee dough

 

7. Picnic Pie

Picnic Pie

This pie is an absolute British summertime classic and it couldn’t be a collection of the best pies without it. It is a time consuming bake but the results are worth it. This traditional pie can be serves at picnics, lunches and is ideal for making the most of the British summertime.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 Minutes

Ingredients:

Butter for greasing

2 x 500g blocks of puff pastry

350g of sausage meat or skinned sausages

2 apples, peeled, cored and grated

2 onions, grated

2 tbsp. of thyme leaves

16 thick slices of cooked ham with the fat trimmed

4 tbsp. of Dijon mustard

2 eggs, beaten to glaze

 

Since pies have been around for many thousands of years, you know that they are a tried and tested food that is popular with almost everyone. So when it comes to looking for food to entertain with, you simply can’t go wrong with a delicious pie.

As you can see from the variety of the ingredients, these are among the more serious contestants of the pie-race, and are not easy to recreate at home. If you are looking for professional catering, don’t hesitate get in touch.

Hopefully everything from our best chicken pie recipe to the delicious French silk chocolate pie have inspired you to make or even just eat more pies. Let us know if you’d be trying any pies from our list or if you have any amazing pie recipes of your own.