My mom bakes the best pies. This season, she usually makes pumpkin and pecan pies. I was looking for an interesting pie recipe to share with her to expand her pie making horizons. I saw several recipes for meat pies that are traditionally served at Christmas. The only time I've had a meat pie at Christmas, or any other time really, is when left over chicken or turkey is used to make a pot pie.
I then had my ah-ha moment. I remembered hearing about Christmas pies when I was a child. In the nursery rhyme book my grandma read to me, there was a rhyme about Little Jack Horner. First published in 1725, the rhyme is actually not about a little boy and his pie. Check out Rhymes.org and learn the real story behind the rhyme:
Little Jack Horner sat in the corner
Eating his Christmas pie,
He put in his thumb and pulled out a plum
And said "What a good boy am I!"
When I was looking for the history of meat pies, I found the site Christmas Celebrations. It's such a thorough article, I couldn't figure out what to share on this post so check out their site. It's very interesting, going back to Medieval times.
I found several recipes for meat pies to share with you. Some of them are from different countries and many are quite elaborate. If you'd like to see the recipe, click on the link above the name of the dish.
Chicken and Ham Christmas Pie
Christmas Pie with Sausage and Chicken
Yorkshire Christmas Pie
Pork and Ham Pie
Duck and Cranberry Pie
Tourtiere (French-Canadian Meat Pie)
Christmas Meat Pie
Since modern Mincemeat pies have no meat, I was excited to find a recipe for a Mincemeat pie made with real meat by a culinarily curious person.
Mincemeat Pie with Real Meat
I don't think I'll be making any of these any time soon, but I wouldn't mind trying one. I wonder if I can convince my mom to bake a new traditional pie?