“Much loved in Australia, Britain and elsewhere, but traditionally ignored in the U.S., meat pies are showing signs of hitting trend status here, too,” reports the Huffington Post (HP). On Monday, I wrote about “The Hamburger Economy,” where Americans are trading high-priced steaks for more-affordable options like ground beef. I think the revival of meat pies might be just the ticket for Americans on a tight budget.
“Chunky steak and Thai chicken curry are two of the flavors offered at a new takeout spot in midtown Manhattan, the first U.S. outpost of an Australian chain called Pie Face, which opened in January and has a line out the door at lunchtime. Ten more stores are planned in the city by year's end, and more later in other cities, including at airports and train stations,” according to HP. “In supermarkets, too, meat pies are getting more shelf space, analysts say, thanks at least in part to the rising cost of beef. USDA projected late last year that beef prices would remain high for the next few years.”
"The meat pie is a less expensive and filling alternative to a steak, a big burger, a meat loaf – even chicken," says Phil Lempert, the food marketing analyst known as the Supermarket Guru.
Even Prince William said his favorite meal is meat pie!
"William’s favorite British pie is filled with saucy ground beef and topped with mashed potatoes and melted cheese.” Read the entire blog, “Will The Royal Wedding Menu Feature Beef?
The meat pie is rising in popularity because it’s convenient, affordable and versatile. I’ve rounded up a few meat pie recipes to try yet this winter. The photos and related recipes are courtesy of Beef It’s What’s For Dinner.
Beefy Shepherd’s Pie
St. Pat’s Beef Pot Pie
Southwest Crescent Pie
I’m inclined to try the original, with roast beef, peas, carrots and gravy, but I think a spicy version with taco meat, tomatoes, peppers, onions, salsa and sour cream would be great, too. What’s your favorite beef pot pie recipe? Share your best with us today!