My Dear Fellow Pie Lovers,
According to Mr. Wiki P, the term cottage pie is known to have been in 1791, when potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor.
This dish was a means of using leftover roasted meat of any kind, and the pie dish was lined with mashed potato as well as having a mashed potato crust on top.
Then,I learned recently, that the term "shepherd's pie" has been used when the meat is lamb, being that shepherds have something more to do with sheep than with cattle.
When you use beef as part of the dish, it's called Cottage Pie. But what will we call it if we use pork meat?
There's a whole lot variations to this dish:
A St. Stephen's Day pie is a made using turkey and ham instead of beef.
The Cumberland pie is a version with a layer of bread crumbs on top.
Another English pie dish made with fish is a fish pie.
A vegetarian version (occasionally named "Shepherdless Pie") can be made using soya or other meat substitutes (like tofu or Quorn), or legumes such as lentils or chickpeas.
In Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Nicaragua and Uruguay, a similar dish is called "pastel de papa" (potato pie).
In the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico this is called pastelón de papa (potato casserole), it has a layer of potatoes, one or two of meat, and another of potatoes, topped with a layer of cheese.
In France, a similar dish is called hachis Parmentier.
In Jordan, Syria and Lebanon a similar dish is referred to as "Siniyet Batata" (literally meaning a plate of potatoes), or "Kibbet Batata".
In Quebec, a similar dish is called pâté chinois (literally, "Chinese pie").
In Russia, a similar dish is called "Картофельная запеканка" (Kartofel'naya zapekanka, or "potato baked pudding").
In Brazil a similar dish is called "Escondidinho" (literally meaning "Hidden").
In Portugal a similar dish is called "Empadão", with two layers of mashed potatoes and a layer of minced beef in between.
In the Low Countries, a similar dish is called "Filosoof".
In Finland, a similar dish is called "lihaperunasoselaatikko", with the mince (e.g. mix of pork/beef) mixed thoroughly with the potato mash.
Whatever it is, we just love the whole idea of P I E dish! .... or pie looking dish...Don't you agree my fellow Pie Lovers?
Remain happy and content whenever you come across the next pie dish..will you?
Pardon me, but French Language lesson is calling my name now.