When it's cold outside, everyone wants to come home to a hot, hearty meal, preferably full of meats and vegetables. Hearty pot pies are old-fashioned foods that can be very easy to make using pie crust mixes, cornbread mixes, and refrigerated dough products.
Pot pies are traditionally a combination of cooked meats and vegetables in a savory gravy or sauce, baked in a casserole dish with a topping of pie crust or bread dough. These pies usually don't have a bottom crust, which means they are easier to serve and also easier to make! My definition of 'pot pie' isn't very strict, but there must be some kind of bread or starchy topping that you break through when serving, releasing the wonderful rich aromas from deep inside the pie.
Use your imagination when thinking about making your own pot pies. They are really the perfect way to use up leftovers, and make you feel efficient and competent. Toppings can include corn bread, mashed potatoes, refrigerated pie crusts, phyllo dough, puff pastry, biscuit dough, even popover batter. Here's the trick for the best synergy between filling and crust: make sure that the filling is hot when you place the crust on top. Then it will bake all the way through and be tender and flaky.
Substitute your favorite meats and vegetables in these easy recipes. Leftovers work beautifully in these pies. Try a recipe or two this week to warm your family's heart and soul.
Hearty Pot Pie Recipes
- Chicken Divan Pot Pie
Chicken, cheese and broccoli combine under a flaky pie crust for a fabulous pie.
- Beef Tamale Crockpot Pie
This wonderful recipe cooks all day in your crockpot, so you come home to a hearty, hot dinner that will satisfy the biggest appetites.
- Chicken Potato Pie
Frozen hash brown potatoes and frozen mixed vegetables make this hearty pot pie super easy to make. And it's delicious and rich.
- Shepherd's Pie
Traditional Shepherd's Pie can be a very complicated recipe. This one uses just five ingredients so it's ready for the oven in minutes.
- Meatless Shepherd's Pie
Ground beef crumbles and lots of vegetables form the base for this delicious pot pie, topped with mashed potatoes.
- Updated Meatball Stew En Casserole
I certainly consider this a pot pie, even though it probably wouldn't pass the strict definition. This is one of my favorite winter recipes.
- Veggie Pot Pie
Hearty and delicious vegetables are baked under a tender pie crust for a great vegetarian meal.
- Chicken Paprika Pot Pie
Sour cream and a jar of homestyle chicken gravy form a rich and creamy base for this spectacular main dish pie.
- Beefy Biscuit Pot Pie
Refrigerated biscuits form the 'pie' in this recipe. The biscuits must be placed on a hot filling so they bake up firm and fluffy.
- Chicken Alfredo Pot Pie
Refrigerated breadsticks form the crust for this easy pot pie. With frozen vegetables and cooked chicken, this recipe is ready for the oven in under 10 minutes.
- Cornbread Turkey Pot Pie
Cornbread mixes are one of my favorite shortcuts in the kitchen. You can add herbs and different kinds of cheese to the mix to make the recipe your own.
- Classic Chicken Pot Pie
This classic recipe is full of flavor. Yes, it takes a bit longer to make the sauce from scratch and use fresh veggies, but on a cold winter night, nothing can beat this recipe.
- Hungry Boy Casserole
This version of a classic Pillsbury Bake-Off winner combines beef and beans for the base, and tops the casserole with drop biscuits. It's hearty, savory, and delicious.
- Tex Mex Chicken Pot Pies
The flavors of the southwest give this individual easy chicken pot pies some real zip.
- Cornbread Beef Bake
Did you now that refrigerated breadstick dough comes in different flavors? Corn bread twists form the crust for this easy pot pie.