On New Year’s Eve, we had a pot luck dinner with our closest friends. One of my friends brought individual shepherds and chicken pot pies. She said, they were staples in her home growing up in Dublin, Ireland. This got me “a” thinking. Are pot pies an Irish thing? Do Italians have something similar? I didn’t research the answer like I normally do, I just grabbed one of my handy dandy notebooks and start jotting down ideas on what an Italian pot pie would be.
When I thought of making an Italian inspired pot pie, I right away thought of eggplant, which made me think of Sicily. Sicily is an AMAZING place. Out of all the places I’ve traveled within Italy, Sicily and her food was my favorite. I started to list some ingredients that are prevalent in Sicilian cooking like, eggplant, capers, tomatoes, peppers and olives. In the end I modified my *CAPONATA recipe, added sausage and topped the pies with pizza dough sprinkled with red pepper flakes.
On the night I made the pot pies, I invited my in-laws over for dinner. My mother-in-law is a hard nut to crack. True compliments don’t come easy or often with her. Sometimes she’ll say things like, “This is delicious BUT, did you think it was a little salty?” Comments like this make me want to scream!!! BUT, I’m happy to say, after she ate a pot pie she said, “You did a great job with these. I love it.” (there was an emphasis on the word love) I sat there the rest of the night waiting for the “BUT” but, it never came. It’s 4 days later and I’m still waiting for the BUT.
I never did find out about the origin of pot pies or if they are a staple in Irish cooking BUT, I do know that my SICILIAN POT PIES are awesome. Just ask my Mother-In-Law.
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*DIVA NOTE…Caponata is a Sicilian eggplant salad of cooked veggies in a sweet & sour sauce.