It’s Not Just Pregnant Women Who Like Pickles. A Hodge-Podge Pie.
Prep:15 m
Cook:1 h
Total:1 h 15 m
Cuisine:Eastern European
Course:Main course Lunch Dinner

It’s Not Just Pregnant Women Who Like Pickles. A Hodge-Podge Pie.



Pickled sour cucumbers are one of my favorite snacks. Tons of it have probably gone through my digestion system. And because I love pickles so much, people have been asking me if I wasn’t pregnant since the day I was born.

I wasn’t even speaking yet, but already got questions. I’ll probably remain ‘pregnant’ until the day I die. People who don’t like pickles seem suspicious to me.

In general, I like cooking pretty much everything. I enjoy pickling, too. But as a home cook, I do have one weakness – confectionery.

I am absolutely incapable of making anything sweet (cooking strictly from a recipe doesn’t count), and I would lie if I said I’m eager to learn. Cakes, pies, cookies sound much more exotic to me than a deep-fried guinea pig. IMO, sugar and flour simply could be non-existent. Perhaps pizza is the only thing that makes the existence of flour meaningful.

As you’ve probably figured, I don’t cook things I don’t enjoy eating. But I love experimenting, so I’ve been considering making a savory cake or pie for quite some time. Not Sheperd’s, though – something new, something of my own. The solution I came up with was making a pie that would consist of the things I like, including pickles. I have a full balcony of those, by the way. Friends say they’re good, so I’m not sharing the recipe as I’m considering selling them.

OK, let’s get back to the pie. Apparently, if you google ‘pickle pie’, you get quite a few recipes, but all of them are sweet. Yes, sweet pies with pickles.

So I had to create my own recipe.

I did some research in my own head and had the ingenious idea for a hodge-podge pie. With potatoes, tomatoes, and smoked hot-dogs. And lots of pickles. And with pickles on the side. Accompanied by pickle juice.


  • 1 package of puff pastry (I used one without the yeast. As if I knew the difference);
  • 6 sliced smoked hot-dogs;
  • leftover mashed potatoes;
  • 1 carrot (I used half; next time, I’ll use 2);
  • a jar of pickles;
  • 1 onion;
  • 1 garlic clove;
  • 250 g bacon (I used something similar to pancetta);
  • cheese (it will be used for topping the pie, so the amount depends on your taste and the size of the dish you’ll be using)


  1. Fry the finely sliced bacon. Add mashed potatoes. Set aside.
  2. In the same pan, fry the onion, carrot, garlic, and hot-dogs, using the leftover fat. If your pan feels to dry, add some extra oil.
  3. Add some pickle juice to the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Finely chop half of the pickles and add to the pan.
  5. Lay the puff pastry on the bottom of your baking dish. Spread potato mash on top. Then, add the veggie-hot-dog hodge-podge. Cover with remaining pastry sheets (I cut mine into thin strips). Bake in the oven according to the instructions you’ll find on your pastry package.
  6. About 7 minutes before the pie is done, cover it with grated cheese.
  7. Serve with the leftover pickles.

If you’re scared your pie won’t be pretty, simply use more cheese. Melted cheese is the most beautiful thing on our planet.

Mine wasn’t exactly sexy, but look – it doesn’t look too bad in pictures, does it?

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