Although our phrase goes, "American as apple pie," what we think of as apple pie today comes from centuries-old Dutch recipes.
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Australia meat pie
A meat pie with tomato sauce is pictured on Jan. 25, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. The meat pie, a culinary specialty and icon in Australia and New Zealand, is the biggest-selling food at sporting events and festivals throughout Australia, with 260 million pies being eaten in Australia each year. The meat pie is essentially a mixture of meat and gravy encased in pastry and baked. Australians each consume an average of 12 meat pies per year, with Kiwis eating 15 per year.
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Banoffee pie is a popular English dessert made with bananas, cream and toffee. The name comes from a portmanteau of its identifying ingredients.
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Quiche is a savory pie, usually made with eggs, milk and cheese. Quiche originated in Germany but only became popular later on in France, and so is thought of as a French dish.
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Buko pie, popular in the Phillipines, is made with young coconuts. It's very different from the coconut cream pies found in the US.
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This is a typical Stargazy pie, a dish eaten in the English region of Cornwall. Not only is this pie filled with fish, but it also always has fish heads "gazing at the stars" and sticking out of the crust.
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Pizza pie originated in Naples, Italy, but has since spread and become popular all over the world.
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Shepherd's pie, known as cottage pie to some in Britain, is made of ground meat inside a mashed potato crust. There are many savory pies eaten as meals around the world.
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Empanadas are extremely popular in Latin American countries. These stuffed pies are typically savory, but can also have sweet fillings.
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Coulibiac is a Russian pie often filled with salmon or other fish.
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Greek spanakopita is sometimes referred to as "spinach pie." It is a phyllo-dough encased pastry filled with spinach and feta cheese.
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Samosas, coming from India, are small pies with a savory filling — often potato or lentils.
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Happy Pi Day! Sure, you could grab a boring slice of standard apple pie this March 14. But why not try the vast variety of pies found around the world?