Reader Glenn asks if I’m sure that the original pot pies weren’t made with a biscuit topping instead of a regular pie crust, as his traditional family recipe calls for biscuit dough on top.
First let me clarify for all those non-Americans out there that Glenn means a savory American-style biscuit dough, not a sweet cookie-like dough. Actually Glenn, I’m not certain at all. It seems no one knows for sure where the first topping for a modern pot pie came from, much less what form it took. Home cooks use all sorts of doughs to top their pies: short crust, puff pastry, biscuit, even filo dough. In other words, whatever’s handy.
And that’s very much in the spirit of pot pie, and for that matter pie in general. Like tupperware, pies were nothing more than a way to preserve scraps. Especially where savory pies are concerned, there’s no wrong recipe. Thanks Glenn!