Thai Red Curry Pie and…Easy as Pie

Do you have a special pie recipe that has been passed down through the generations.  If so, you could win $10,000!

Super Food Ideas has an ‘Easy as Pie’ competition searching for the best pie recipe.  Anyone within Australia can enter and thanks to Bertolli, the winner will received $10,000.  Entries close on May 15 so you’ll need to be quick to enter.

Kim Coverdale, the editor of Super Food Ideas magazine says pies don’t need to be complicated to be delicious and it is okay to use frozen store-bought pastry!  In the May issue of the magazine she shares her tips for making successful and delicious, yet uncomplicated pies.  Grab your copy today!

All the details  regarding the finer points of the competition are available on the Super Food Ideas Website.

But wait – there’s more good news!  Super Food Ideas will send one lucky reader some complimentary issues of the magazine.  These are wonderful magazines full of not only great recipes from a variety of wonderful cooks and chefs, but also full of helpful, time-saving and amazing hints and tips to help you improve in knowledge and skills.  All you have to do to enter is like Hotly Spiced on Facebook and let me know in the comments section your favourite foodie magazines.  The winner will be drawn on May 10.  And now for the bad news:  Sadly, this giveaway is for those with Australian addresses only!

Taking on board Kim Coverdale’s advice that it is okay to use frozen pastry when making a pie, here is my quick and easy Friday-night-dinner-in-front-of-the-telly, pie recipe.

Thai Red Chicken Curry Pie

Thai Red Chicken Curry Pies

Serves:  4-6

Degree of Difficulty:  2/5

Cost:  A quality pie from a decent pie shop costs between $5 – $7.  These pies are better quality (because they’re home-made!) and cost a lot less than that.

I’m ready for my TV dinner

  • 2 tbspns peanut oil (or vegetable)
  • 2 tbspns red curry paste
  • 1kg thigh fillets, trimmed and chopped
  • 250ml (1 cup) coconut milk
  • 2 tspns fish sauce
  • 1 tbspn palm sugar (or substitute brown sugar)
  • 1 tbspn tamarind paste (or substitute lime juice)
  • 400g tinned champignons, rinsed and drained
  • 400g tinned baby corn cuts, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bunch Thai basil, leaves only
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten

In a large saucepan, heat oil.  Add curry paste and stir until fragrant.  Add chicken and coconut and stir through.  Add fish sauce, palm sugar and tamarind paste.  Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 mins.  Add champignons and corn cuts, return to a simmer.  Remove from heat, stir through basil leaves.  Allow to cool slightly.

Pre-heat oven to 180C (375F).

Pour pie filling into 2 x 25 x 15cm pie dishes.  Place pastry on top of pies.  Trim edges.  Brush pastry with beaten egg.

Place in the oven for 20 mins or until golden.

Serve with salad greens if desired.

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  1.  Wow, I love your pie.  Not sure I have a contest-worthy pie but I love making them.

  2. Woah.. I don’t have a worthy pie recipe, but I do love eating them 😛

  3. I know. It’s OK. I’m used to it. 😉
    I’ve always been a green curry gal, but Charlie, going to step outside the box and try the red variety, just because!!! This dish does look incredibly delish, even at 7 in the morning.
    Hope you had a great weekend.

  4. Sweet Posy Dreams says:

    The pie looks so good and has such exotic ingredients (at least they’re exotic to a U.S. Middlewestern grocery store).  I will try this when the kiddos are home from college for the summer.  We love curries.

  5. Hi,
    Looks like a delicious pie, I will have to start doing some of these dishes now the weather is getting cooler here. 🙂
    I’m not into entering comps. but it sounds great for those with some good recipes.

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    Good luck Charlie! I love red curry pies-so spicy and buttery rich! 

  7. Khushboo says:

    Wow when I think of Thai food, rice and noodles automatically to mind- hence this is such an innovative recipe!  Best of luck, sounds delicious! 

  8. It looks gorgeous! I think I have never had a real pie in my life… (I mean the one with a “lid”, but without the bottom crust).

  9. A_boleyn says:

    I’m on my way out soon so I haven’t had a chance to read the post carefully but the pictures are droolworthy. Later

  10. Hope you’ll be entering that lovely pie you made. It’s beautiful.

  11. What a shame it’s only for Australia, your pie looks wonderful!!

  12. Choc Chip Uru says:

    Nothing beats a good pie for sure! A classic flaky golden pastry pie like this, mmmmmmm 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. Who doesn’t love a pie?  Pies are just such comfort food and these look wonderful–and easy.

  14. Charlie, yum!  What lovely flavours! My pies are almost always based on whatever leftovers I have in the fridge! 🙂

  15. I would say that this pie should be well in the race! I love the idea of using Thai flavours for the filling.

  16. Good luck! That looks like one delicious pie.

  17. Bitsandbreadcrumbs says:

    What a great idea to put a Thai curry into a pie! I gotta try this some time. Good luck with the contest.

  18. Kristy says:

    Good luck! I’d certainly eat this pie. 🙂

  19.  I’ll be watching this contest with great interest… you just can’t beat a good pie. I love the look of yours Charlie – best of luck with it! 🙂

  20. I agree that homemade meals don’t only taste better, but much less expensive. Best of luck with the contest! 

  21. Liked you! When I first got into cooking, I would buy almost every cooking magazine out there – SFI, Good Taste, Vogue Entertaining, Gourmet Traveller.. and then I had to ban myself because magazines were taking over my bedroom 😛 I often make pies but they’re always shepherd’s pie in style, i.e. no pastry but mashed potato/pumpkin/sweet potato tops. Does that count?

    • hotlyspiced says:

      Thanks so much Hannah. I’m like you – so many magazines there’s no where to put them! xx

  22. foodrehab says:

    This is warming me up right now! Love this pie recipe. 

  23. Denisetyrrell1 says:

    Nothing like a good pie and I have eaten a few in my time.  I use to make a great big family chicken pie when all the kids were home – it was my mothers recipe must dig it out and enter the comp.

  24. Yum Yum YUMMMMM I was only talking to my hubby about pies and the lack of in our house. I am pinning this one now to Pinterest as a reminder to make it ASAP. It looks divine xxx

  25. Niasunset says:

    so delicious I can eat all of them. Thank you dear Charlie, with my love, nia 

  26. Great looking pie 🙂 I’ve never learnt of putting curry in a pie Charlie hehe 🙂 yum yum ~ I wish i had a secret yummy pie recipe ~ I’ve already liked you on Facebook Charlie hope i win hehe thanks for the opportunity to win 😀

  27. John Amici says:

    Good luck to you and your fellow contestants! Put your best pie forward, Charlie!
    I like the idea of a curry flavored chicken pie. Sounds like a real comforting dish. I’ll be coming back to this recipe in the Fall, to be sure.

  28. Your pie looks like a winner Charlie. I love a curry pie

  29. This looks wonderful. I may have to go cook my tea now as I’m starving reading your post! 

  30. Hi Charlie,
    This is just terrific. I wish I had this sitting in front of me now, it looks wow.

  31. Justasmidgen says:

    I don’t have a recipe off the top of my head.. but I’ll think about it. In the meantime.. I’m loving yours and thinking it’s neat that it’s a curry.. a nice switch up from what we’re used to seeing in a savory pie!! xo Smidge

  32. Your special pie looks just so appetizing, fragrant & fab even! 🙂 A prefect dinner!

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