Monday, November 16, 2009

Peasant Pies


A month or so ago, our friend Kat Richardson, author of the Greywalker Series, was on book tour in San Francisco. After a decadent evening of food and wine (and feline entertainment), followed by a walk on the beach the next morning, we went to see Kat talk at Borderlands, one of the premiere horror/sci-fi/fantasy bookstores in the Bay Area. Kat goes off on interesting tangents and one of them involved her research trip to England, a visit to a pub, and meat pies.

While her entire talk was interesting, what stuck with both Dave and I afterward was the idea of a meat pie. It sounded so good ... and we were both hungry. Sadly, we were many miles from a pub in England.

We had another author reading to go to in Noe Valley at the San Francisco Mystery Bookstore (the oldest mystery bookstore in the United States, btw), so we parked the car and went in search of something to fill the void. Lo and behold, a block and a half from the bookstore, we stumbled across a little hole in the wall called Peasant Pies (for some reason, Blogger will not create a link here, so please check out http://www.peasantpies.com). The smells wafting from the entrance were enticing, so we went inside.

My, oh my...Let me share the menu with you. And keep in mind, the average calorie count for the savory pies are around "300 calories with little fat or cholesterol and substantial amounts of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals."

Hand-made fresh every morning, our bread crust pie consists of unbleached and whole wheat flour, yeast, salt, and water. We fill the pies with fresh vegetables, poultry, or seafood, and then bake to a golden crust. Voilá.
Pie Description Vegetarian Vegan Nutrition
Basque Beef & Potato
Ground beef is sauteed with onion and spices, then simmered with our own tomato sauce, mushrooms and roasted potatoes.
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Chicken Potato
Boneless, skinless cubes of chicken is cooked with spices, then mixed with roasted potatoes, onion, celery, carrot, peas, and fresh dill.
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Curried Potato
Red potatoes, yam, scallions, and fresh ginger are mixed with curry powder and then roasted.
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Ham, Eggs and Cheese
Eggs are scrambled with Jack cheese and caramelized onion. Then we mix in the diced smoked ham.
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Moroccan Lentil
Lentils are soaked overnight and then cooked. The lentils are then mixed with yams, sauteed onions, cumin, and other spices.
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Spicy Clam Tomato Sauce
Baby clams are added to our own spicy tomato sauce and then baked in the pies. This is our spiciest pie.
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Spicy Eggplant & Tomato
Eggplant is roasted and chopped coarsely. We then add sliced black olives, our own homemade spicy tomato sauce, and garlic.
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Spicy Black Bean & Tofu
Black beans are soaked overnight and then cooked with our own spices. The beans are mixed with tofu, onion, carrot, and peas.
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Spinach & Feta Cheese
Fresh spinach is steamed and then mixed with Monterey Jack cheese, feta cheese, and beaten eggs.
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Eggs, Veggies & Cheese Scrambled eggs are mixed with tomatoes, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, and Monterey Jack Cheese. checkmark view nutrition info
Zucchini, Mushroom & Cheese
Fresh raw mushrooms, zucchini, and basil are mixed with garlic, olive oil, and Monterey Jack cheese.
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Sweet Pies
Hand-made fresh every morning, our sweet pie crust consists of pastry flour, butter, and sugar. We then fill the pies with fresh fruit and bake to a golden crust.
Pie Description Vegetarian Vegan
Apple Cranberry
Our own delicate pastry crust filled with sliced fresh apples, cranberry and fruit puree. We then top the pie with a thin layer of apricot jelly.
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Blueberry Pear
Our own delicate pastry crust filled with sliced fresh pear, whole blueberries and fruit puree. We then top the pie with a thin layer of apricot jelly.
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Cherry Banana & Chocolate
Our own delicate pastry crust filled with chocolate, fruit puree, sliced fresh banana and whole cherries.
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Chocolate Flan
Our own delicate pastry crust filled with cream, egg, sugar, and bittersweet dark chocolate.
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Pumpkin Pecan
Our own delicate pastry crust filled with pumpkin puree, ginger, egg, and cream. We then top the pie with a thin layer of apricot jelly.
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Vanilla Flan
Our own delicate pastry crust filled with cream, egg, sugar, and pure vanilla.
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At $2.85 a piece for these tasty and satisfying delights, you can't beat the price or the flavor!

Thank you, Kat, for the inspiration to give this place a try!

4 comments:

Marian Allen said...

Mmm.... Meat pies.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweeney_Todd

Donis Casey said...

This looks like it's worth a trip to San Francisco. Have you ever had a Cornish pasty? Not as good for you as these meat pies seem to be, since they're 4 times as big and at least 4 times as much crust, but also extra yummy

Dana Fredsti said...

Marian, I very nearly put a picture of Sweeney (as played by Johnny Depp) but got side-tracked and forgot.

Donis, I have NOT had a Cornish pasty, but have heard wonderful things about them...

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