Have you experienced one of our Scottish Pies yet? Have you tasted the flavors of local farm tomatoes, zucchini, and corn? Or the rich, almost gravy-like sauce enveloping hunks of organic, pasture-raised chicken? Have you felt the buttery and flaky layers of crust mingling with the snap of fresh peas and carrots? Do you glance over them and onward towards your usual sandwich or salad selection? Images of a gluttonous, casserole-like relic of family dinners passing through your mind.
But these pot pies are not your average pot pies.
Simple recipes of fresh produce, herbs, cheeses, and meats. Un-altered ingredients chosen for quality and taste. Butter, flour, kosher salt, and water. A crust harkening back to before box mixes and ultra bleached flour and instant dough. A crust whose integrity is only elevated by being pressed into shape on an authentic Scottish Pie press from Wishaw, Scotland. Tradition in its finest form, our pie press is a heavy complex metal beast that relies on the passion of our chefs and not pre-programmed buttons or conveyor belts for power. Firm grip, twist of the forearm, and some upper body momentum. As if aware of its own superiority, the dough will not form a shell unless the right balance of power and finesse is used. Almost chastising the operator for rushing this craft.
Enter fresh produce, homemade stock, quality cheese, and sustainable meats. The pie shell now serves as the emissary between the farm, oven, and you.
Baked to a golden brown the pies sizzle approval as they cool on racks awaiting the final stage of the process. Some receive a flaky pie top that seals in the aroma and flavor. Others are topped with an accent of cheese and herbs.
The pie then comes to you. The pie that is so much more than a pot pie. It is the essence of our mission to bring healthy, high quality, delicious food to our customers. It could be called farm-to-table, fresh, natural, local, and sustainable. But to us at Atwater’s, it is simply good, traditional food.
And for that, Scottish Pie, we salute you.