What Is In Australian Meat Pie?
The classic Aussie pie is made of three essential layers:
- Pie base - shortcrust pastry which is par-baked to hold the filling preventing a soggy bottom and allowing the pie to be handheld.
- Pie filling - a rich ground beef filling of pure meatiness held together by a thick beer-based sauce.
- Pie lid - a flaky butter puff pastry lid cooked till crisp and golden brown.
Who Invented The Australian Meat Pie?
George Sargent, owner of a bakery named Sydeny’s Pitt Street invented the Australian meat pie in 1891. Pie’s were already commonplace throughout Australia with Sargent popularising the large pie sold for a penny each, leading the company to become one of the country's largest pie producers, later renamed Sargents Ltd. The pie was brought to Australia by British colonists, in the 19th century streets were filled with pie sellers and horse-drawn pie carts with varieties including the ‘pie floater’, an upside-down pie served in pea soup.
What To Serve With Australian Meat Pie?
Aussie meat pie is often served as a complete meal with tomato sauce and a pint. As with any pie the addition of buttery mashed potatoes, green beans or glazed carrots would always be welcome.
Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Australian Meat Pie:
Why Is Aussie Meat Pie Served At Australian Football Games?
The handheld meat pies are AFL’s unofficial partner with hundreds of thousands sold at games every year. Versions are the perfect on-the-go fuel to sustain a day of celebrations and sport.