7 Savory Pies to Make for Dinner on Pi Day

Pi Day (or Pie Day, depending who you ask) is an annual celebration of the mathematical value pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. We won’t get into any math lessons here, but pi’s approximate value can be rounded to 3.14, making March 14 the ideal day to honor it — and there’s no better way to do that than with pie!

We’ve gathered 7 of our favorite savory pie recipes here for you to try at home in honor of Pi Day.

1. Short Rib Shepherd’s Pie

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“This dish is perfect for dinner or a ‘fancy’ dinner for guests,” writes blogger Meagan Wied of A Zesty Bite. In this wonderful evening dish, hearty shredded beef ribs, onions, carrots, and other veggies are draped in a thick, red wine-infused sauce, then covered with homemade mashed potatoes and baked to a piping hot finish. Shepherd’s Pie makes for great next-day leftovers and can be frozen for future enjoyment.

Visit A Zesty Bite for the recipe.

2. Black-Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Cornbread Pot Pie

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Vanilla And Bean explains that this Southern-style pot pie consists of “a comforting combination of flavors with a good balance of sweet and spicy.” The dish is loaded with sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, peppers, caramelized onions, and herbs, all tucked into a sensational home-baked cornbread crust. It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser that makes for great leftovers as well. The recipe requires about 2 hours in the kitchen and yields 6 to 7 generous servings.

Visit Vanilla And Bean for the recipe.

3. Beef Tourtiere

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Tourtieres are a holiday staple in the French-Canadian community, but something this delicious deserves to be served more than just once a year. Although tourtieres are customarily made with pork, blogger Lynn Lawandi of What She’s Having substituted blade roast and ground beef in her own delightful take on the dish. She notes that “using two kinds of beef creates a nice combination of textures, and the different cooking methods for each adds layers of flavour.”

Visit What She’s Having for the recipe.

4. Butternut Squash Pot Pie

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“Roasted butternut squash goes with anything in my book…and leeks make anything taste comforting to me,” explains Our Four Forks. Feel free to get creative with the squash-based filling in this dish: Vegans can incorporate chickpeas, vegetables, or tofu into the mixture, while meat-eaters may prefer the standard chicken and bacon version of the dish. Either way, this is a comfort food that is sure to warm your family to the core.

Visit Our Four Forks for the recipe.

5. Meatball Stroganoff Pie

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Melanie Makes’ Meatball Stroganoff Pie is much more than your standard-issue stroganoff dish. “Baked meatballs, noodles, onions and mushrooms get cozy in a thyme and yogurt sauce before being tucked between two sheets of pie crust and baked to a golden brown,” writes blogger Melanie Bauer. Bauer dresses up the classic beef stroganoff with a creative thyme treatment and a flaky pie crust. This sophisticated meal takes only an hour and 10 minutes to make and serves 8 people.

Visit Melanie Makes for the recipe.

6. Curried Vegetable Pot Pie

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Impress dinner guests with this decadent pot pie courtesy of the bloggers at Brooklyn-Portland. “The curry and chili powder make it just spicy enough that it may be mistaken for an entirely new meal,” contributor Lauren Caster writes, “but…it’s really just a dressed up version of an old favorite.” Meat eaters and vegetarians alike will appreciate the satisfying flavor profile of this dish, which combines sweet potato, carrots, onions, and other veggies with distinct notes of curry powder, turmeric, and chili powder.

Visit Brooklyn-Portland for the recipe.

7. Tartiflette

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Anthony Bourdain once said that “you can never have too much cheese, bacon, or starch.” Taking a page from his book, blogger Holly Haines of From My Impossibly Tiny Kitchen shares her recipe for a traditional French tartiflette, a dish that wraps potatoes, cheese, and bacon into one marvelous, melt-in-your-mouth dish. Haines notes that “traditionally, tartiflette is made with roblechon cheese,” but camembert or brie can be used in its place, if needed.

Visit From My Impossibly Tiny Kitchen for the recipe.

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