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November 30, 2012


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Alicia (foodycat)

I'm not really a fan of pot pies. If it doesn't have crust on the bottom it isn't a pie!


I think many pot pies had recent incarnations before they were mixed in a sauce and topped with a crust. Your leftovers look delicious as a pot pie!

Simona Carini

Hi Alicia. I can see how not having elements in the expected place can be upsetting. Fortunately, the name pie does not evoke emotional connections in me, so I am ok with the name.

Thanks, Lynne! It would be interesting to retrace the steps of the dish to see how it evolved over time.


Simona, I love your Italian take on the pot pie. It is my son's favorite dish--and I always make it for him when he comes home from university or on a special occasion. My version is more traditional American, but either way, pot pies are comfort food and even good 'company' food.

Lori Lynn

Hi Simona ~ it looks so homey and comforting. And delicious too.


Glad you revisited the idea of pot pies, Simona. Your leftovers leave me wanting a pot of my own.

Thank you for taking the deep-dish plunge for Monthly Mingle.

A Canadian Foodie

Completely different than our chicken pie on the Alberta Prairies, but love that about it! Cannot wait to try!

My Italian Smörgåsbord

it's great the idea of combining, not one but two types of leftovers to make a pie. so smart and delicious, something our great-grandmothers might have done too :)

Simona Carini

Thanks for sharing your personal story about pot pies, Sally. Now, when I hear you saying that your son is coming home, I will imagine you baking a pot pie for him. I will probably venture into making a bigger one to share with guests.

Hi Lori Lynn, definitely!

I am glad too, Susan. I was really a bit intimidated, but your suggestion put me on the right track.

Valerie, I suspect my Italian twist on beloved pot pie would puzzle people used to the traditional one.

I agree, Barbara. I am very keen on using up everything when I cook something and I like the idea of mixing dishes to get something sort of new, if I think that the union may work.

Frank @Memorie di Angelina

The creative use of leftovers is almost a religion for me. I hate to throw food away and, in fact, sometimes the recycled version is even better than the original! Pot pies are one of the best war horses for this class of cookery. I'm glad you posted on this—it's too bad that leftover cookery is so neglected, both in cookbooks and in food blogs (including my own, I have to admit!)

Simona Carini

Thank you so much for your note, Frank. I agree with you that there is room for additional discussion on this topic with creative solutions. Today I harvested some beets and one thing I plan to do soon is to talk about using every part of the plant. And I agree with you that often the creatively used leftovers end up being better than the original dish.

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