Yumminess in a Dish
Chronicle Books, Paperback, 9780811851619, 132pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2007
With succulent fillings under their golden toppings, it's no wonder that potpies have such a universal appeal. Author Elinor Klivans offers a huge range of filling options from vegetables and eggs to meats, chicken, or fish. And the variety of toppings is a real eye-opener: homemade crusts; story-bought phyllo or puff pastry; tortillas; quick-mixing corn bread or biscuits; even nuts, potatoes, or bread. These 50 recipes go from classics like beef and vegetable potpie or everyone's favorite chicken pot pie, to new takes like the Breakfast Special Potpie: Eggs, bacon, and potatoes with an Irish soda bread crust is a great new option for brunch. Also included are plenty of meatless versions, such as the sublime Spinach, Ricotta, and Parmesan Potpie topped with a delicious cream cheese crust. Advice about assembling and baking potpies assures that all parts of the fillings will be cooked just right and toppings will stand at crispy and proud attention. With useful ideas for do-ahead preparation, storing, freezing, and re-heating, there's nothing like Potpies.
Elinor Klivans' articles have appeared in Bon Appétit, Eating Well, Fine Cooking, and the Washington Post, among others. She is the author of several cookbooks, including Cupcakes! and Big Fat Cookies. She lives in Camden, Maine.
Scott Peterson is an award-winning San Francisco-based photographer. His work has appeared in many cookbooks including Pizza, and magazines such as Bon Appétit, Sunset, and Health.