Some like them with mushy peas and mashed potato, others like to pull the top off and pour the sauce in, others just squirt the sauce in the top, some eat them with a knife and fork, some like them plain and others like them with other stuff in them and everyone has somewhere that has the best one. Some businesses are completely dedicated to making and seling them and every year there is a competition to find the best one in the country.
What are we talking about – the meat pie.
It is really not just a food, it is an institution.
This has been confirmed by the latest research from Roy Morgan Research – 47.5 percent of us Aussies like eating pies. I am a vegetarian and I obviously don’t eat meat pies but every so often I have a yen for a good vegie pie – so it is not only the meat eating Aussie who love their pies.
So where are the biggest lovers of pies? South Australians are the biggest fans with 52.8 percent of the population eating pies regularly.
Interestingly, it is the rural folk in our country who really love the ”mystery bags” – with over 50 percent of those in the country eating pies regularly.
Pies are most popular with males, with over 57 percent eating them often and it seems that this is most likely linked to football in it’s various forms with over 55 percent of those attending / watching games partaking in a pie during the match.
This love of the pie, and particularly the plain meat pie has led to several quick serve chains introducing the pie into their menu, not only as individual pies but within the crust of pizzas.
Obviously, our love affair with the common pie is not something that will be ending anytime soon.