Our pies can be delicious just on their own, either cold or hot from the oven. In our view, however, pies are at their very best when they have “friends” to go with them! In order of importance as we see it (though opinions here vary as with most things) a pie’s best friends are as follows:
The variety of gravy recipes on the web is staggering but we find simple is best – and you might get your maid to try this one out if you have no aspirations to acquire culinary skills!
And remember that many stores now carry a simple gravy mix requiring you to do no more that add water, mix and simmer for a minute. Bisto or similar stock cubes can be your friend too.
There are endless recipes of every flavour and form on the web but we like to keep it simple and classic. This one from Australia works especially well and is within the capability of any competent “helper” here.
Chips (French Fries)
And everybody knows how to make them, right? Well, no actually, there is an art to great chips, here is how to make ’em right.
And don’t forget the gravy on top, but you Brits should forget the vinegar when serving them with a pie!
If you like your pie a little spicier, then readily available these days in Kem Chicks, Ranch Market and even some branches of Hero and Giant, a splash of HP sauce on our meat pies just adds to a great experience.
Some just love to add one (or more!) of tomato sauce, sambal of course, mustard, horse-radish and others besides, but our preference is for HP Sauce; there is surely nothing more British to go with a pie – and this despite HP being made in the Netherlands these days!
For the Aussies Meat Pies, however, you will of course have to take them with tomato sauce, especially if you are Aussie!
Not only healthy and full of vitamins but delicious too – when you have the time.
Once again, gravy on top!
For our fruit pies, Apple, Apple Crumble and Cherry Cherry Crumble, we highly recommend serving hot – with ice cream to go with them, any flavour will do but we find just plain old vanilla is the perfect accompaniment to the richness of the pies themselves without complicating the cherry taste. And many tell us that custard works too!
Enjoy your pie with “friends” !!!