Chorizo & Potato Grilled Hand Pies

by on July 5, 2011

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If you’ve noticed quite a number of pie-related posts around the blogosphere today, that’s because there’s a Pie Party going on! Shauna James Ahern put out the word on Facebook and more than a thousand pie fans have RSVP’d to share photos and recipes of pies today. I’m bringing some fabulous savory Chorizo & Potato Grilled Hand Pies to the potluck table.

I used a drinking glass to cut out the circle shapes

Who doesn’t love a handheld pie? Portable, flaky crust, flavorful fillings – it’s one of life’s simple pleasures. I came up with the idea of savory hand pies filled with spicy chorizo sausage, Yukon Gold potatoes, cheddar cheese and fresh chives (snipped from my new garden!) pretty quickly, but it took me a bit longer to figure out the special ingredient that would elevate these pies to “wow” status. After consulting first The Flavor Bible (seriously, the best food book I own) and then my pantry, I had it: dried apples.

They're a little tall when you fill them, but they flatten out when you grill them

I knew that cheddar and apples are a magical pairing so when I read in The Flavor Bible that apples shared flavor affinities with chorizo as well I was eager to try them out in the mix. What the apples give is a subtle sweet-tart kick amidst the spicy chorizo and creamy potatoes and cheddar. They’re just the unique twist I was looking for. I happened to have dried apples on hand, but I think golden raisins might also work really well too.

Happy Pie Day!

Great as a brunch dish or even an appetizer

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 5, 2011 at 7:26 am

I love the idea of a pie party and these grilled hand pies are such a creative twist!


2 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) July 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Just bought a new panini press, so I’ll be delving into your archives to find great recipes like this one.


3 Kathy July 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Hooray – at last! Welcome to panini grilling, Lydia – it’s fun! 🙂


4 Angela FRS July 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Love it–those look so good. Enjoying all of the pie party recipes!


5 Angela July 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

What a great idea! Perfect for portion control … If you can each just one 🙂


6 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels July 6, 2011 at 1:42 am

Oh my goodness do these hand pies look incredible. I love how there’s potato, chorizo and cheese in the pies. And what a great idea to grill them. 🙂


7 Marla July 6, 2011 at 5:04 am

These hand pies sound great & I love the way you styled them too with the chives on top 🙂


8 Kathy July 6, 2011 at 7:08 am

Thanks, Marla – they’re the very first “harvest” from the new little garden I planted with my daughter. 🙂


9 megan @ whatmegansmaking July 6, 2011 at 5:33 am

These look so fun! And great flavor combination. I’ve never made hand pies before, and I think I’m missing out!


10 The Cilantropist July 6, 2011 at 7:09 am

I love making hand pies!!! You really pack those with goodies too, I am a big fan of chorizo…mmm… !


11 John D. July 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

Wow, those look really yummy! One can never go wrong with chorizo and potato, I’ve got to try this! 🙂


12 cookingrookie July 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

They are so cute 🙂


13 Kathleen July 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

This looks like a fabulous hand pie!


14 PJ July 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

Dang, these look delicious, I will be making them soon. But I think I’ll add an ingredient from my favorite dish from my favorite Mexican restaurant in Chicagoland: The chorizo, potato and MOLE enchiladas: my brother just gave me three jars of his homemade mole!


15 Kathy July 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

Oh yes! Definitely involve the mole! Yummm 🙂


16 Jennifer (Savor) July 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm

My husband is Portugese and might even cheat on my blog for this recipe. hehe


17 Lori July 10, 2011 at 7:17 am

Your blog is just amazing and sooo delicious! Please continue like this, I love it! Cheers from Switzerland! Lori


18 Shaina July 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I wish I had one of these right now, Kathy. They look positively perfect.


19 Carolyn Jung July 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I almost thought those were English muffins at first? But hand pies with chorizo? Whoa, even better! 😉


20 Tracey July 14, 2011 at 11:11 am

Yum, I love the combination of flavors in your pies Kathy! They’re cute too 🙂


21 CherylK July 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

What a great recipe. Can hardly wait to give it a try!


22 Louise July 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

You had me at chorizo and pie! This looks absolutely delicious!


23 Karina July 29, 2011 at 8:51 am

Look at those awesome little beauties. So fun.


24 Kathy July 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

Thanks, Karina! So nice to “see” you! Hope you’ve been well. 🙂


25 Shelby August 16, 2011 at 6:59 am

Is this Spanish or Mexican chorizo?


26 Kathy August 17, 2011 at 8:13 am

I used a ground Mexican chorizo.


27 Ally June 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Hi! If you’re baking the handpies in the oven, how long do you bake them for?


28 Kathy June 21, 2012 at 7:09 am

Hi Ally – I’d try 15 min at 400F.


29 Ally June 21, 2012 at 9:55 am



30 Logan May 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

Hi Kathy, these look awesome and will definitely be trying them out for the next big get together! As a question, have you ever tried freezing these? If so, would you have the cooking directions on how to reheat them? Thanks for sharing the recipe for these regardless!


31 Kathy Strahs May 1, 2016 at 10:05 am

Hi Logan — I’m afraid I haven’t frozen them before. If you do, I’d be inclined to freeze them uncooked and then thaw before grilling or baking. ~Kathy


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