If you’re like most people, chances are you love a good meat pie.
And while there’s nothing quite like a piping hot, freshly baked pie straight out of the oven, there are times when you find yourself with leftovers that need reheating.
The question is, how do you reheat meat pie so that it’s just as tasty and satisfying as it was the first time around?
In this post, we’ll explore some tips and tricks for reheating your leftover pies using a variety of methods.
Before we dive in, let’s take a quick look at some things to keep in mind when reheating meat pies:
Food Safety Guidelines
It’s important to remember that reheating food can be risky if not done properly. To avoid the risk of food poisoning or illness, always follow these general guidelines:
- Make sure your meat pie has been stored in the refrigerator at 40°F (4°C) or lower.
- Reheat your pie within two days of when it was originally cooked.
- When reheating, make sure the internal temperature of your pie reaches at least 165°F (74°C).
With those precautions in mind, let’s get started!
How to Reheat Meat Pie: In a Conventional Oven
Reheating meat pies in an oven is one of the most effective methods for achieving optimum flavor and texture. Here are the steps:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Remove any plastic packaging or wrapping from your pie.
- Place your meat pie on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Bake on the middle rack for about 10 minutes.
- Check if it is heated thoroughly then serve once ready.
- You can brush butter over its crust before baking so it won’t dry out.
- For frozen pies, preheat at 375°F (190°C) and add an extra 10 minutes in the tabulation time.
How to Reheat Meat Pie: In the Microwave
Microwave ovens are a quick way to reheat pies, but it can also be tricky. You’ll want to make sure your pie doesn’t become soggy or tough. Here’s how:
- Remove any plastic packaging or wrapping from your meat pie.
- Place your pie on a microwave-safe plate.
- Cover with a damp paper towel.
- Heat up in 30-second intervals, depending on the level of heat produced by the microwave oven you’re using.
- Stop every interval to check if it is heated thoroughly as microwaves have variations when it comes to heating food.
How to Reheat Meat Pie: In a Skillet
Reheating meat pies on stovetops is ideal for those who don’t have access to an oven or want something that’s more crispy than microwaved ones.
- Cut leftover pieces into bite-size portions.
- Add butter/oil of choice onto a frypan and let heat up.
- Roast each side for around 3-4 minutes until they’re crispy and got back their golden crusts.
- Best done with nonstick pans so not spots of leftovers will stick
- Constant stirring is also essential so you won’t burn the pastry’s bottom
How to Reheat Meat Pie: By Searing
Another way of reheating meat pies while avoiding moisture is searing them using direct heat from grill pans or flame burners which can result in slight char-grilled flavor.
- Preheat griddle pan/flame burner at high heat setting
- Place each slice one by one until lightly charred (Approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute)
- Flip them over and do round two on the other side
- Make sure not to keep it too close in direct flame or they’ll burn.
- Watch it closely throughout the process.
How to Reheat Meat Pie: In an Air Fryer
If you have an air fryer, why not use it to get your meat pie back into shape? This method could achieve a crispy exterior with soft and heated interior.
- Preheat air fryer to 360°F (180°C).
- Brush the top of each pie slice with butter before placing inside the basket.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes, stop and check if heated then cook further if needed.
- If cooking more than one slice, have them spaced so that hot air will be able to circulate properly
- Works best with fresh pies but equally effective on leftover pies
How to Reheat Meat Pie: Using a Toaster Oven
A toaster oven is fantastic for reheating meat pies because of its controlled heat methods that can maintain crispiness while keeping its underside fluffy.
- Preheat toaster oven at 375°F (190°C)
- Place each slice on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil
- Heat up until golden brown and thoroughly warmed inside (Reheating time should be within 5 -10 minutes)
- You can turn your slice over midway thru reheating process so both sides are crispy
How to Reheat Meat Pie: In a Broiler
Broiling meat pies could sound strange but it’s doable as sometimes people prefer their food crispier. Here’s how:
- Preheat broiler at high heat setting
- Arrange leftover slices on an ungreased broiler pan
- Broil for around 2-4 minutes depending on desired crispiness level
- Remove from oven, let cool down before serving
- Keep checking every minute since broiler heats things up fast
- Don’t position them too high in the broiler or it will burn the top of pies
How to Reheat Meat Pie: In a Slow Cooker
If you want another easy way to reheat your meat pie, consider using a slow cooker. This method results in quality pies, similar to freshly baked ones.
- Put desired pie slices into slow cooker and cover it with foil.
- Pour water or broth until it is 1 inch deep
- Cover the slow cooker with lid instead and set it on high temperature for around an hour.
- Remove from slower then serve.
- Utilize low temp settings to avoid any burning or its bottom sticking onto crockpot
- To have fun get creative by adding some herbs and vegetables before reheating for additional options
Is It Safe To Reheat Meat Pie?
As said earlier meat pies can only be reheated once, but if everything was handled appropriately food safety-wise, then yes; there’s no risk in reheating these leftovers.
But keeping certain precautions like washing hands thoroughly, cooking method properly executed and fallowed the given food safety guidelines above is still very essential even when reheating leftover cut pork pies.
Reheating Methods Are Crucial
While various methods of reheating are available depending on what’s convenient for you—Selecting the right techniques can ultimately impact how much flavor and texture one can preserve on dishes as leftovers.
Experimenting which method works best depending on your preference won’t hurt as well since every process delivers unique results delightfully just like good old classic meat pies would taste like if done right!
Jenny has always been passionate about cooking, and she uses her platform to share her joy of food with others. Her recipes are easy to follow, and she loves giving tips and tricks to help others create their own unique culinary creations.