Here's a newsflash for pot pie-lovers: you've been eating them incorrectly.
Meat pies are a delectable delight, but we can't enjoy them on a whim at home. Thank goodness for frozen pies; honestly, who has time to make them from scratch?
However, as convenient as they are the frozen circular pies pose two problems, according to James Park for Eater.
The first is the aluminum shell the pies are baked in.
Not only is it difficult to cut out a perfect slice in those tiny tins, but digging into it with a fork also destroys all hope of getting that perfect crust-to-filling ratio.
The second problem has to do with texture. The filling can overpower the crust, making it soggy. Some people prefer that. Most don't.
This simple hack will turn your world upside down.
Simply flip the pie over. That way, you get the perfect balance of filling and crust in every bite.
The food and dining review aggregator posted an eye-opening thread, informing pie fans:
"If you're eating a pot pie without flipping it over, you're doing it wrong."
Allow them to explain:
First, the Why: There are two issues with personal pies. One, most frozen savory pot pies are circular, and sit in… https://t.co/lY2pmaCjCX— Eater (@Eater) 1559672556.0
The poor crust-to-filling ratio leads to the second problem: the bite’s texture. When the filling overpowers the cr… https://t.co/29O5iEbLOT— Eater (@Eater) 1559672557.0
The perfect bite happens when the creamy, savory filling is sandwiched between both the top and bottom crust.— Eater (@Eater) 1559672682.0
What’s the solution? Flip the pie upside down. https://t.co/r7gFL1Gvt6— Eater (@Eater) 1559672682.0
This one weird trick solves both problems. You get the ideal filling-to-crust ratio for every bite, maximizing the… https://t.co/Qr8vnEyLke— Eater (@Eater) 1559672683.0
Pot pie-lovers were blown away.
By removing the pie from the aluminum shell and turning it over onto a plate, the bottom crust becomes the top crust, making it easier to cut into it with the side of the fork for that perfect bite.
On this, the fourth day of June, in the year twenty-nineteen, I have been enlightened. https://t.co/Bbl9GTpRs5— Erik Carlson (@Erik Carlson) 1559673669.0
oh my god https://t.co/1PtaUXV3fD— Linda Ge (@Linda Ge) 1559673199.0
Low-key life changing https://t.co/Q9NqVkWdI0— Alessandra T Codinha (@Alessandra T Codinha) 1559673517.0
Those who've known about the hack all along came forward and patted themselves on the back.
How have people not known this? https://t.co/NiUCzlg9Of— khaki dad (@khaki dad) 1559673170.0
@Eater Been doing it forever. Always thought that was how it was done.— David Tkacz (@David Tkacz) 1559675137.0
@Eater @darth Absolutely! It's how we always ate them in my family!— Kyle Arnett (@Kyle Arnett) 1559673258.0
Americans – we sure have a peculiar way of eating pot pies, according to our friends from afar.
americans calling pies "pot pies" even when they have a crust bottom is weird and more evidence that this country (… https://t.co/HnkPwhK3s2— Adam Moussa (@Adam Moussa) 1559674686.0
@Eater I'll be eating it like any normal person does in NZ, in 1 hand while driving and texting on my phone— Jp & Cole (@Jp & Cole) 1559674185.0
Anyway I’m Australian, don’t tell me how to eat a pie https://t.co/Smip8U7JTg— Adam Moussa (@Adam Moussa) 1559674822.0
The thread revealed other unconventional ways of enjoying pot pies.
@Eater I throw it in a blender and drink it. Go ahead and call the cops.— str0bI (@str0bI) 1559673205.0
@Eater @darth I flip mine into a bowl and mash the whole thing into a chicken pot paste.— jenni israd (@jenni israd) 1559678588.0
@Eater Who eats pot pies out of the shell? Is that a thing? Pot pies should be flipped onto a plate, cut radially… https://t.co/d87M2fTUVJ— James B. Webb (@James B. Webb) 1559675240.0
@Eater Noooo - I will not listen to your lies! Everyone knows that you are supposed to peel the top off first and e… https://t.co/wL6oncgL8D— Lydia Bryant (@Lydia Bryant) 1559673916.0
No matter how you slice it, we can't tell you how to live your life.
Eating food the way you want to eat it is not "wrong." This "you're doing it wrong" movement in food is getting rea… https://t.co/Gvmov0yhYk— Who Does? (@Who Does?) 1559676556.0
Counterpoint: there is no wrong way to eat a pot pie. https://t.co/Qc9Ch0dOpC— Kyle Nabilcy (@Kyle Nabilcy) 1559677294.0
Take it or leave it.
Enjoy your frozen treat in your soggy, messy way. Bon appétit.