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South Aussie Pie Floater

28/07/2016 (Last Updated: 06/06/2019)

Creamy pea soup meets crunchy crisp beef pies in this South Aussie Pie Floater recipe. Top with tomato sauce and you have one seriously delicious dinner combination. Too easy!

South Aussie Pie Floater - Creamy rich pea soup meets crunchy crisp beef pies. Topped with tomato sauce, and you have one delicious dinner combination. Too easy. | wandercooks.com

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Hey guys! Today we’re sharing a recipe for the South Aussie Pie Floater, a CLASSIC dish from our hometown of Adelaide.

But first, there’s something we have to admit:

Up until this week I had never actually eaten a Pie Floater.

*gasp* :O

Sarah is giving me evil eyes across the desk.

What an oversight. Well it’s time for this food-obsessed South Aussie to earn back a few brownie points and try our hands at this humble Australian recipe.

And now’s your chance to knock this off your bucket list too. Who’s with us?

South Aussie Pie Floater - Creamy rich pea soup meets crunchy crisp beef pies. Topped with tomato sauce, and you have one delicious dinner combination. Too easy. | wandercooks.com

 

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Okay, okay, let me back up a sec. I can hear a lot of you out there saying ‘What the heck is a pie floater??’

Are you ready for this?

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A Pie Floater a beef pie served on top of (or smothered in, or floating on) a simple green pea soup, with a splattering of tomato sauce, mint sauce, bbq sauce or malt vinegar depending on your commitment to the cause.

South Aussie Pie Floater - Creamy rich pea soup meets crunchy crisp beef pies. Topped with tomato sauce, and you have one delicious dinner combination. Too easy. | wandercooks.com

Oh yeah, we totally agree. It’s an ODD looking beast.

And yet.

It’s ALL KINDS of crispy and flaky and soft and nourishing… and totally delicious and suuuuper filling, not to mention cheap and easy to make.

What’s not to love?

South Aussie Pie Floater - Creamy rich pea soup meets crunchy crisp beef pies. Topped with tomato sauce, and you have one delicious dinner combination. Too easy. | wandercooks.com

The South Aussie Pie Floater is Adelaide’s original fast food tradition dating back to the 1870’s and even further back to its English origins.

Once upon a time a fleet of pie carts traversed the streets of Adelaide, dishing up piping hot South Aussie Pie Floaters to hungry people looking for a quick dinner or a late night snack.

Nowadays, despite being a South Australian Heritage Icon, the humble pie cart is a rare sight.

Which makes ZERO sense with the growing food truck craze in our city right now, but gives you even more reason to make them at home. 😉

South Aussie Pie Floater - Creamy rich pea soup meets crunchy crisp beef pies. Topped with tomato sauce, and you have one delicious dinner combination. Too easy. | wandercooks.com

South Aussie Pie Floater

All you need for your very own South Aussie Pie Floater are 3 SIMPLE THINGS:

  1. Meat Pie – You can use any store bought pie you like, but for the best flavour we recommend making them yourself. These Australian Mini Meat Pies are not only perfect little party pies, they also go awesomely in a Pie Floater!
  2. Pea Soup – It’s super easy to make, but it does need some pre-planning since you need to soak the peas overnight. Traditionally in Australia the soup is made with dried Australian Blue Boiler peas, but you can also substitute with a variety called Marrowfat peas.
  3. Tomato Sauce – We’re talking the Aussie kind, not ketchup my friends. In my opinion tomato sauce is essential. But if you wanna mix things up with other flavour-packed sauces, the traditional choices are mint sauce, bbq sauce or malt vinegar. Which will you try?

To be ultra authentic you should actually serve the pie upside down in the soup – but we just couldn’t bring ourselves to do that when the lids of our Mini Meat Pies were so CRISPYYYY.

South Aussie Pie Floater - Creamy rich pea soup meets crunchy crisp beef pies. Topped with tomato sauce, and you have one delicious dinner combination. Too easy. | wandercooks.com

So there you have it friends, a South Australian Heritage Icon you can actually eat! Booyah. If you wanna check out more Australian cuisine, you might like to start with this week’s Australian Mini Meat Pies, or our all-time favourite Beef & Thyme Sausage Rolls.

South Aussie Pie Floater - Creamy rich pea soup meets crunchy crisp beef pies. Topped with tomato sauce, and you have one delicious dinner combination. Too easy. | wandercooks.com

South Aussie Pie Floater

Creamy pea soup meets crunchy crisp beef pies in this South Aussie Pie Floater recipe. Top with tomato sauce and you have one seriously delicious dinner combination. Too easy!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

  • 500 g blue boiler peas or marrowfat peas soaked overnight
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp bicarb soda
  • 4 mini beef pies

Optional toppings (to taste)

  • Tomato sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Mint sauce
  • Malt vinegar
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions

  • Now guys, don’t forget that the first part of this recipe is to soak your blue boiler peas in a large saucepan overnight. Otherwise you’ll never get to that thick and lusciously smooth texture. Don’t forget that they’ll DOUBLE in size overnight, so make sure to put them in a large enough saucepan.
  • Drain your soaked peas, rinse them thoroughly and drain again. Repeat this a few times until the peas are nice and clean.
  • Pour in your chicken stock and bicarb soda and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the peas have softened and the soup has thickened nicely (around 30-40 minutes). If too much liquid evaporates, feel free to pour in a little more liquid as you go.
  • Transfer your thick green soup into serving bowls and top with a hot mini beef pie. Slather with your favourite toppings and tuck in!
Hey hey – Did you make this recipe?We’d love it if you could give a star rating below ★★★★★ and show us your creations on Instagram! Snap a pic and tag @wandercooks / #Wandercooks

Oh, and PS…

South Aussie Pie Floaters - Bonnie was our photographic assistant for the day. | wandercooks.com

Just have a look at this gorgeous pup for a second… Bonnie just loves to watch Sarah take photos. She’s so patient, content just to sit and watch and keep us company. Best photography assistant ever. (And the cutest and the furriest too of course!)

South Aussie Pie Floater - Creamy rich pea soup meets crunchy crisp beef pies. Topped with tomato sauce, and you have one delicious dinner combination. Too easy. | wandercooks.com

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    AP
    25/05/2019 at 5:27 pm

    …so where does the Bicarb Soda fit in…???

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/06/2019 at 11:45 am

      Hi AP, thanks for stopping by! Great pickup – that’s meant to go in along with the chicken stock. We’ve updated the recipe now. 🙂

  • Reply
    George
    18/02/2019 at 5:58 am

    I know “tomato sauce” isn’t ketchup but is it just tomato sauce straight out of can?

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      18/02/2019 at 2:25 pm

      Hey George! Tomato sauce is the Australian term for Ketchup. 🙂 You could definitely try the recipe with canned tomatoes or passata and see how it turns out. Who knows! Haha otherwise, stick with ketchup. 🙂

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    Fair-go Dibbler
    14/11/2016 at 3:54 am

    Looked up this recipe after listening to “The Last Continent ” by Terry Pratchett. But I’ll have to find a sauce recipe. Sorry, but I’m not spending over $30 for tomato sauce! No worries, good-on-ya!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      18/11/2016 at 10:41 am

      Hey, thanks for stopping by! Got to love Terry Pratchett’s works, he was such a hilariously clever writer. Now, re the tomato sauce, looks like the shipping fee was the killer there! You could check out an import store and see if they stock any – we found Australian Vegemite and Tim Tams in the most random countries on our adventures, so you never know!

  • Reply
    Noble Ayaia
    01/09/2016 at 12:32 pm

    There is nothing more iconic than the Aussie meat pie. We all love it and we all know a good pie immediately. Smothered with tomato sauce, not ketchup, this is comfort food down under.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/09/2016 at 12:01 pm

      Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. 😉

  • Reply
    Jovita @ Yummy Addiction
    07/08/2016 at 6:39 am

    What an amazing idea to pair meat pies with pea soup. Looks like a perfect lunch or light dinner!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/08/2016 at 12:53 pm

      It’s an oldie but a goodie! And yep, just as good for lunch or dinner, and often eaten just as a snack too (depending on the size of those meat pies!).

  • Reply
    J@BlessHerHeartYall
    07/08/2016 at 1:10 am

    Oh yum! I have never seen or heard of this but it looks absolutely delicious! I need to try this ASAP!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/08/2016 at 12:51 pm

      Go go go! Let us know what you think J! 🙂

  • Reply
    Amanda {Striped Sptaula}
    07/08/2016 at 12:00 am

    I’ve never heard of a pie floater, but YUM! Homemade pea soup is one of my favorites, and I can imagine that the meat pie and tomato sauce must take it to the next level. Sounds great!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/08/2016 at 12:48 pm

      Totally agree Amanda, pea soup is amazing! And Aussies are nothing if not ingenious when it comes to food pairing hahaha. 😛 Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Igor @ Cooking The Globe
    06/08/2016 at 3:05 am

    I have never heard about this dish, but it looks amazing. Meat pies + pea soup = awesomeness!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/08/2016 at 12:45 pm

      Haha yep, nailed it Igor! 🙂

  • Reply
    Florentina
    05/08/2016 at 1:10 pm

    This is all new to me too and I’m game. Your puppy looks like my baby Nala’s brother. Major awwwww moment over here!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/08/2016 at 12:45 pm

      Couldn’t imagine life without our pups! 🙂

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