Australia Day is coming up January 26th and we often have a little hankering of something from our home. We celebrate Australia Day much like what Americans do for Independence Day – it’s a public holiday so we spend it with our family, have a bbq in the backyard, watch the sports (yes it’s universal) and then watch the fireworks. But since it’s cold in the US in January, we’re opting for winter food – a good old fashioned Aussie meatpie , made with minced beef and gravy, topped with a dollop of tomato sauce (aka ketchup here in the US).
My favorite Australian pie shop is Australian Bakery Cafe. The pies are hand-made in Marietta, Georgia and shipped directly to customers all over the US upon ordering. The pies arrive frozen and ready to be popped in the oven for 20 minutes. Meat pies are a nifty last minute dinner idea. Pikelet & Lollo can eat a pie each!!
Somehow, the pies made at Australian Bakery Cafe reminds us of childhood. Meat pies in Australia these days have morphed and now include exciting flavors like Red Thai curry pie but it’s just not the way I remember them. And for a (sometimes homesick) Australian expat, I need to be transported back in time especially for Australia Day.
We pair it with a simple green salad with bacon, mushrooms, figs and pomegranate. For instructions on how to peel a pomegranate and dislodge the arils, click here. It’s fun for the kids to do while waiting for their pies.
Itty Bitty Foodies tip: in the note section when you order online let them know that if there’s room to include more pies in the shipping box for the same shipping costs, and they will charge accordingly for the extra pies.