what are some popular pie dishes that the different races make ? :o
Pies can certainly be found in every Province, and vary widely in flavours, fillings, and textures! Sweet or savoury, small or big enough to serve at a feast, these are some of my favourite pie dishes across Tamriel.
Aside from the Summerset Rainbow Pie, there are also indrik cheese and shallot pies, enveloped in a delicate butter puff pastry, are a stellar example of High Elf pastry genius. The shallots are caramelised with a splash of cider vinegar, and mixed with a fluffy indrik (or goat, for the more affordable option) cheese mixture seasoned with pink peppercorns and topped with flambéed peaches. The pastry is buttery but not greasy, and is thick enough to contain the filling while also airy. Typically, a pie serves two for dinner perfectly, paired with with a good white wine.
One of the specialties of Black Marsh is a delicious chicken-and-seafood pot pie, made with a crisp and crumbly saltrice crust and baked in a deep clay dish. Tender pieces of chicken, fish, and shellfish are seasoned with an array of spices such as cumin and saffron, as well as a few vegetables like watercress, carrots, and potatoes. It's surprisingly hearty for Argonian cuisine!
The undisputed masters of the meat pie, even when the Green Pact is an obstacle! For those who aren't as strict, using imported wheat flour and local butter to make pastry is the best choice for those unaccustomed to Bosmer cuisine. More devout Wood Elves prefer to use a ground insect-based "flour" to make their pie crusts, resulting in a nuttier, slightly drier dough. In either case, pies are stuffed with everything from chunky smoked ham in blood gravy to beef and timber mammoth cheese sauce. Be sure to try them all!
High Rock is home to the infamous macaroni and cheese pie, which sounds awfully gratuitous (it is) but is an absolutely moreish bite. The "pie" is simply a baked, congealed macaroni and cheese in a form, served warm or cold. The thick cheese sauce that holds it all together is often spruced up with everything from humble cracked peppercorns and spinach to more extravagant additions like truffle oil, smoked herring, and roasted peppers.
Pies aren't quite a cornerstone of Dunmeri cuisine in the same way as other cultures, but sweet marshmerrow hand-pies are an exception which can be found at any event or gathering for dessert or a snack. The marshmerrow plant, native to Morrowind, has delicious flesh reminiscent in flavour to marshmallows, and tastes excellent when mixed with rhubarb or apples and baked into a flaky saltrice pastry. Also great for snacking on the go!
Rumare Slaughterfish Pie is a classic Imperial dish, but open-faced dessert pies, somewhat akin to a crostata, are also a common feature of Cyrodiilic cuisine. Generally, fruit fillings are baked into a caramelised biscuit-based crust and served either hot or cold with cream or ice cream. My personal favourite is a chilled Dunmeri-inspired chocolate and raspberry pie from Cheydinhal with sweet rum-soaked comberries and freshly whipped cream!
The Khajiit love pies both sweet and savoury, and sometimes a combination of both! One of the most unusual and delicious examples I've encountered is a flaky pie with chunks of beef and bacon, with a rich and meaty gravy flavoured with moon sugar salted caramel. Of course, you're thinking that Khajiit are insane for putting salted caramel in their meat pies, but it really works together!
Mammoth pie with juniper berries is one of my signature dishes, inspired by the humble traditional Nord mammoth snout pie. When cooked right, snout can be tender like beef, but with a firmer texture. I mix it into a thick stew with juniper berries, leeks, mushrooms, and onions, and pop that into a crisp all-butter pie crust.
Honeyed wolf pie is a well-known New Life Festival treat which originates on the island of Betnikh, but today we're bringing attention to Orcish potato pie. If you like potatoes, this will be your dream dish! The pie is made from thin, stacked layers of potato with a zesty tarragon, onion, and garlic cream sauce, then topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. It is often served as a side for (you guessed it) baked jacket potatoes. Sure to put you in a coma after eating, but extraordinarily satisfying.
Aside from my often-stolen recipe for Goatherd's Pie, you will also find a delicious cheese-and-spinach pie in most parts of Hammerfell, made with flaky filo pastry. Spinach and a good amount of spiced goat cheese makes for a hearty yet relatively light filling. Some iterations also contain pulled fellrunner or mushrooms. The pies come in sizeable slices, piping hot from the oven, usually with a twist of lemon to serve.
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