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.