Savoury British pies

7 Savoury British Pies You Have To Try

The simple, savoury pie is a British culinary tradition that dates back hundreds of years and is still a beloved bite to eat in England. Whether it’s topped with pastry or mash, has juicy meat or fresh fish inside, one thing is for certain: it’s seriously tasty. These traditional savoury pies are the perfect thing to eat on a cold, dreary night.

The recipes below are from the country’s top food bloggers. They’ve taken some of the classics and put their own unique stamp on the dishes! Make sure you bookmark the blogs and check out their other recipes as they are all superb.

Time to invite some friends or family over and to get busy in the kitchen cooking up a feast…

Savoury British Pies

1. Steak and Ale Pie

British Steak and Ale Pie is a classic dish that you’ll find in most pubs around England. Tender pieces of steak are cooked with vegetables and English ale, then wrapped in a flaky buttery crust.

Recipe is by Culinary Ginger.

2. Cottage Pie

Don’t confuse this with a Shepard’s Pie! For those not in the know, essentially a cottage pie is made using beef, whereas a shepherds pie is made using lamb.

Recipe is by Cooking with Bry.

3. Shepherd’s Pie

Both Cottage Pie and Shepherd’s Pie are made with minced meat, a gravy made with onions and other vegetables such as carrots and peas. There is no traditional crust with either pie, they are both topped with mashed potato. This traditional recipes uses lamb.

Some old cookbook recipes are made with leftover meat of any kind and a bottom crust of mashed potato in addition to the top layer!

Recipe is by Cooking With Curls.

4. Authentic Cornish Pasties

The national dish of Cornwall, England, this authentic Cornish Pasty recipe features savoury flaky pastry pockets with a beef and vegetable filling. It’s English comfort food at its very best!

Recipe is by The Daring Gourmet.

Savoury British pies

5. Fish Pie

Fish pie is a firm family favourite! Creamy, delicious & loved by kids & adults alike it’s a proper comfort food classic. Great for batch cooking and freezer friendly, this recipe will become your fish dinner staple.

Recipe is by Jo’s Kitchen Larder.

Savoury British pies

6. Gala Pie

Gala pie is a British pie classic, with gammon and fresh free-range eggs, beautifully seasoned and encased in a crisp, golden hot water pastry case.

Recipe by Lavender and Lovage.

Savoury British pies

7. Chicken & Mushroom Pie

This chicken and mushroom pie is proper comfort food! Encased in buttery puff pastry, and made extra special with a sprinkling of bacon, it’s a family mealtime favourite.

Recipe is by Kitchen Sanctuary.

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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