Pie ideas to keep the whole family fed

Pies have a special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of New Zealanders. In fact, you could say they’re right up there with pavlova, Buzzy Bees and jandals. We’re a nation that has grown up on pies – Bacon & Egg, Shepherds Pie, Eskimo Pie and even Goodbye Pork Pie, to name a few of our icons.

This recipe for Beef and Broccoli Pies with Slaw is sure to take a starring role at family dinners. The kids will love it and it’s a sneaky way to get more veges into their diet. You can make them a pie each or serve up a family sized pie to share.

When it comes to perfect pie partnerships, it’s hard to go past Chicken and Leek and this recipe is the ideal blend of deliciousness. We’ve used golden flaky puff pastry here but you can also mix it up with the ever-popular potato topping. Sprinkle over cheese, pop in the oven for 40 minutes and voila!

One of the great things about Autumn is that leeks are in abundance and handy for all sorts of dishes. You can use them to bulk up sauces, casseroles and soups or add to the Sunday roast veges. Did you know that in the middle ages, everything was technically a pie because in the absence of plates, the pastry crust was used to serve up the meat filling. In fact, wealthy land-owners would eat the meat and then give the crust to the servants for their meal. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then and some would say the pastry is the tastiest part of the pie. Have a look at these hints for using up left-over pastry.