So i was talking to an American reletive the other day right? And I ran into a bit of cultural difference that I'm still trying to get my head around.
What the hell, I'll just hop right to it: America doesn't have 'meat pie'!
Now in Australia, and indeed in many English speaking countries and probebly many European countries too, we have these things called 'Meat Pies' which are so common and well known that in Australia at least we just call them "pies" because the default concept of pie in australia is this 'meat pie'.
You may also have heard them referred to as "steak and kidney pie" that's a bit more old fashioned, but it is exactly what it sounds like (not the steak and kidney thing, it's just meat, it may contain gizards, it may not, not the point) it's a single person pie (easily held in one hand) a bowl like pastry structure filled with minced beef (that's what we call ground meat, "mince") and gravy, sealed under a pastry lid, it couldn't be simpler, yet they are a tradition in Australia! EVERYONE eats pies! No not everyone, but they are popular as hell cuz...well, it's as close as you get to authentic Australian cuisine.
You can by them frozen in packs of 4 or 6 or 8,etc from the supermarket, or you can pick one up from the bakery, often there are variations, chicken is easy to come by as well, a "shepard's pie" is another loved classic, it's just a regular meat pie but instead of a pastry lid, it's covered in a big swirl of mashed (very mashed) potato before being cooked so it comes out crispy on the outside, some bakeries get fancy and have curry pies, often you can get pies with mushrooms, etc.
The point is, I'm having trouble believing that they just plum don't have them in America (i'm talking about the US, i'm not sure if Canada is the same story)
This guy I was talking to, he was weirded out by the very concept of meat in a pie, obviously he's well versed in the fruit pie department, apply pie, pumkin pie, etc, and we have those too (apple and various berries mainly) but meat pie is the norm. One of the things i regularly cook for my family is a big chicken pie, with peas, corn and chopped up carrot.
but this got me thinking, what about sausage rolls?
that's right! 'sausage rolls'! another classic, right up their alongside pies. They're a tag team, pie and sausage roll! it's just a sheet of pastry layed flat, with a streak of sausage mince layed straight down the middle, or off to the side, it doesn't matter, then rolled up, maybe buttered and sprinkled with sesame seeds or poppy seeds, then cooked in an oven, look it up in google images if you want to see one.
We even buy big frozen boxes of what we call "party pies" and sausagerolls, which are just little tiny ones you can eat in a few bites, this is a common party food here in Australia.
I know you guys have pot pies, but I also know they're not overly wide spread, and I don't even consider them pies because they don't have a base. What I want to know is, have I blown this out of proportion or have I blown your bloody minds? Is this really news to you? Were you aware? If so, have you ever tried one? Do you think it's weird? Did you like it? Dish, you queeny bitches! ;D
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