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Savory Pies & Tarts

Among the most satisfying foods ever created, savory pies and tarts rise to any occasion, season, or time of day. From tidy tarts and free-form galettes to pot pies and calzones, these savory pies and tarts are as crowd-pleasing as any of their sweet cousins.

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Chard leaves turn rich and tender when cooked; here, the mild stems provide a vivid topping. To ensure that the phyllo dough does not become dry and brittle, thaw it completely in the refrigerator; keep it covered with a towel as you work.

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This savory-sweet Moroccan pie is traditionally made with chicken or pigeon, but we chose turkey instead. Here it's cooked with fragrant ginger, saffron and turmeric before being wrapped in phyllo dough alongside sweetened almonds and eggs whisked with cilantro and parsley.

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This rustic yet elegant pie is composed of a few simple ingredients. Break through the crisp upper crust and you reveal the mellow nuances of rosemary-infused lamb that, in turn, give way to a clandestine bottom layer of potatoes, which serves no purpose other than to soak up the rich, intensely flavorful juices.

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Pirog is Russian for "pie," and piroshki means "little pies." They can be filled with almost anything, from cabbage to meat to kasha, and are eaten by themselves as a snack or with a meal. Ours are filled with gribi, or wild mushrooms, which are a Russian passion: in the spring the whole extended family heads to its secret spots in the woods to gather any of hundreds of different kinds of gribi, which are pickled, dried, or just cooked in a little butter.

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This quick take on the Provencal pizza-like tart known as pissadaliere is topped by sauteed onions, slivered Nicoise olives, fresh thyme, and anchovies. Puff pastry makes a fast and easy alternative to traditional bread or pastry doughs when making it or other tarts: Once the sheets have thawed, roll them out and sprinkle with your choice of toppings, then pop in the oven and you're done.This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).