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An enticing part of All-American cuisine, the pot pie deserves to be celebrated! National Great American Pot Pie Day is just the day to do it.

History of National Great American Pot Pie Day

Similar to meat pies that originated from Great Britain, the American pot pie is something of its own. The first recipe that was printed for pot pies in the United states hails back to 1785. While the pie can be made from turkey or beef, the most common type that is typically made in the US is chicken pot pie.

Pot pies not only contain meat and sauce, but another important ingredient is the vegetables. Traditionally this includes veggies like carrots, peas and corn, as well as grilled onions and celery to add flavor.

By the mid-1950s, frozen pot pies had become all the rage as a convenience food in the United States. The first one was created by the CA Swanson company and was made with chicken.

Marie Callender’s, a company that has been in the business of making pies since 1948, is the founder of National Great American Pie Day. The inaugural day was in 2002 and it has been celebrated each year ever since.

How to Celebrate National Great American Pot Pie Day

National Great American Pot Pie Day is a delightfully tasty time to celebrate! Check out some of these ideas for getting started with celebrating.

Enjoy Eating a Pot Pie

Some American style restaurants and diners still offer delicious pot pies on their menus, so it might be a fun idea to go out for a good old pot pie in celebration of National Great American Pot Pie Day! Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Boston Market, Cracker Barrel and Marie Callender’s are just a few of the restaurants that offer this classic as part of their regular fare. 

Try Making Pot Pie at Home

Though it might feel intimidating to make a pot pie from scratch, a few little hacks help to make it much easier. Instead of using homemade pie crust, feel free to pick up a pie crust from the refrigerated section at the grocery store. Or, even easier, try using some puff pastry for a super light and flaky top crust (in this case, forgo the bottom crust).

For the sauce, some people like to use a can of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup. Add frozen vegetables and the meat from a rotisserie chicken. Voila! A chicken pot pie can be made in only 30 minutes.

Share a Pot Pie

Even for those who don’t feel like cooking or baking is their strong suit, National Great American Pot Pie Day is a great time to celebrate with friends and family. Even if it’s something as simple as taking a few frozen chicken pot pies to work to share with some coworkers, or ordering a large pot pie from a restaurant to have delivered for the family to share at home.

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