Lo­cal food:

Our se­lec­tion of five of the best gourmet pies

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASSLE LIVING -

With fill­ings rang­ing from beef and Guin­ness to chicken with fen­nel and shal­lots, our rec­om­men­da­tions are the per­fect tummy filler for a cosy au­tumn lunch or din­ner. Wursthaus Kitchen

The Wursthaus knows that one of the best recipes for a good pie in­cludes a de­li­ciously thick crust and a hearty fill­ing and th­ese sig­na­ture hand­made English-style pork pies are ev­ery bit that. With a hot wa­ter and lard pas­try and a free-range pork fill­ing, mildly spiced with pep­per and mace, th­ese de­cent-sized num­bers ($15.90) would make a tasty din­ner for two. 1 Mont­pe­lier Re­treat, Bat­tery Point, Ho­bart

West Ho­bart Gourmet Meats

It’s lit­tle won­der why th­ese beef and Guin­ness pies ($6.50) were awarded re­serve cham­pion at the Na­tional Fine Food Awards. Made with award­win­ning Smith’s Pies pas­try, th­ese pyra­mid shaped pies are filled with a three hour slow cooked chuck steak, finely diced cel­ery, mush­room onion and the de­li­cious Guin­ness sauce. 125 Hill Street, West Ho­bart

Al­fred Gough’s Hand­crafted Pas­tries

Made us­ing the tra­di­tional skills of Tas­ma­nian pie man Al­fred Gough him­self, th­ese pies ($21.90) make a de­li­cious din­ner for the fam­ily and with two op­tions to choose from, ei­ther the Marion Bay free range chicken with fen­nel and shal­lot soubise pie or braised Cape Grim beef and kipfler potato pie. Avail­able at Hill Street Gro­cers at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the state.

Jack­man & McRoss

Jack­man & McRoss bak­eries are renowned for their fresh cur­ried scal­lop pie ($8 take away $9 have in), but if you’re look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to warm your bones this au­tumn try the fish pie. With fresh Tassie fish, chick­peas and ko­rma all held to­gether in the hand­made but­ter pas­try cas­ing. Jack­man & McRoss can be found in Bat­tery Point, New Town, and Ho­bart.

Bak­ery 31

While it is a lit­tle out of the way, pie diehards will at­test that Bak­ery 31 in Ross, just off the Mid­land High­way, is among the best for the tried and tested scal­lop pie. Th­ese warm­ing morsels ($7.95) are filled with Tas­ma­nian scal­lops that have been cooked in a creamy mild curry sauce be­fore be­ing wrapped up in a del­i­cate puff pas­try.

31 Church St, Ross

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