Oz haute cuisine

Had your brekky yet?

Pies are a cultural icon in Australia. In 2015, Eliza Barr wrote in the Daily Telegraphthat Australians worship them “at the altars of the service station, the quaint bakery, the footy oval and the friendly local pub.” She’s right. But in South Australia—in particular, the Murraylands region—there’s another little-known pastry that’s attracted a passionate cult following: the savoury slice.

To make this hearty (and, yes, savory) meal, cooks simply glue two pastry sheets together with a layer of meaty gravy, then cover one side with cheese and bacon before throwing the pizza-like creation into the oven. There’s little more than a handful of bakeries in the area that make the savoury slice, and each has a slightly different recipe. 

6 comments for “Oz haute cuisine

  1. May 26, 2019 at 11:47

    Pie manufacturers like to say that Australians worship pies, but really it is the bogan’s choice. If at all. I can’t recall the last time I had a 4n20 or even an up-market sort from the supermarket cold cabinet. They would go out of fashion altogether were it not for football food sellers.

    They were ‘appealing’ (the advertisers, that is) to the ‘working class man’ but he went out with the demise of the Unions and the rise of the Latte-left. You won’t find your marxist Professor eating a prole pie. The meat pie used to be the place to put all the offal and poor meat. Now that is sold at marked up prices in multicultural delis.

    • May 26, 2019 at 12:22

      Nice comment, puts it in perspective. Didn’t Four ’n Twenty lose the AFL concession some years back? I read that Sherrin did too but then got it back.

  2. Chuckles
    May 26, 2019 at 12:29

    The dreaded pie floater.

    • dearieme
      May 26, 2019 at 13:40

      I’m a great fan of the pie floater.

      I once enjoyed a pie + tomato ketchup at the Adelaide Oval. It was my first time watching Aussie Footie – I was disappointed that the players weren’t quicker thinking.

      For lunch today, gazpacho. Then a little bread and mousetrap perhaps, and some kefir.

      • dearieme
        May 26, 2019 at 16:29

        The mousetrap was replaced by Glastonbury Cheddar from the market. Mm.

  3. May 27, 2019 at 14:34

    Kefir man – interesting, didn’t think there were many of us.

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