Comfort food: homemade potpie
Warm up with these 5 potpie recipes
In the depths of winter, even the hardiest souls can feel a little weary. Which is why we have potpies. The potpie is pure hibernation food—rib sticking, soul warming and unpretentious. Since its humble beginnings as a means for thrifty cooks to stretch leftover meat and vegetables, the potpie has become classic nostalgia food.
There are endless variations on these pies, but they all deliver contentment under their golden pastry lids. Nothing can be wrong in the world when you’re presented with this mix of goodies bathed in an abundance of gravy topped with a piecrust.
Try one of these delicious potpie recipes for a meal that feels not just homemade, but handmade:
Each of these recipes calls for a 1½- to 2-quart casserole dish and makes one pie that feeds about four to six people. Feel free to make the fillings up two days ahead and refrigerate before topping with the crust and baking, but allow the filling to reach room temperature before you bake.
When Hallmark food writer Jennifer Fujita isn’t in a potpie-induced coma, she is turning unsuspecting coworkers into taste-testers, defending her tomato plants from squirrels or lying on the couch with a cookbook and a bag of Twizzlers. Her husband and teenage sons say she’s nice except when she’s in the kitchen, where she’s a total bossypants.