Wednesday, September 23rd, is National Great American Pot Pie Day. The celebration of this day began in 2002, when it was introduced by Marie Callender’s, makers of frozen pot pies.

Although pot pies are fashioned after the European meat pies, as they prepared today, they are an American creation, first referenced in print in the United States in 1785.

The frozen pot pie was first introduced in the States by Swanson Foods in the 1950s.

Traditionally, a pot pie is a small single-serving pie that has a crust on the bottom and crust on the top, and is filled with carrots, potatoes, green beans, peas, and a variety of other vegetables if preferred, with gravy and spices added to really top it off. The key ingredient in this meal is the meat or seafood added. It could be turkey, chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, scallops, lobster, crab, or any of a variety of fish.

The best pot pies are those made at home, using fresh vegetables from the garden in the summer, or seasonal vegetables available during the winter months. Pot pies, like stews, were born from the need to prevent food waste by placing leftovers into a newly created dish of its own.

Fall is traditionally the most popular time of the year to feast on this favorite comfort meal, the reason this treat is celebrated on the first full day of autumn.

Quaker Valley Foods has all the beef, chicken, turkey, pork, and seafood that you will need for your homemade pot pie, or for any meal you are looking to prepare throughout the year.

Below are some delicious ideas for pot pie recipes. Click on any image to be directed to a recipe for the meal shown, then get in touch with your Quaker Valley Foods sales representative to check pricing and availability.

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