Rappie pie

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Rappie pie
Rappie pie.jpg
A serving of Rappie pie, on a plate with tomato and dressing
Alternative name(s):
Rapure pie, râpure
Place of origin:
Canada
Region or state:
Nova Scotia
Main ingredient(s):
Potatoes, broth (chicken, pork or seafood), meat, onions
Recipes at Wikibooks:
Cookbook Rappie pie
Media at Wikimedia Commons:
Wikimedia Commons  Rappie pie
 
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Rappie pie
Rappie pie.jpg
A serving of Rappie pie, on a plate with tomato and dressing
Alternative name(s):
Rapure pie, râpure
Place of origin:
Canada
Region or state:
Nova Scotia
Main ingredient(s):
Potatoes, broth (chicken, pork or seafood), meat, onions
Recipes at Wikibooks:
Cookbook Rappie pie
Media at Wikimedia Commons:
Wikimedia Commons  Rappie pie

Rappie pie is a traditional meal from southwest Nova Scotia or Acadia. It is sometimes referred to as "rapure pie" or "râpure".[1][2] Its name is derived from the French "patates râpées" meaning "grated potatoes". It is a casserole-like dish traditionally formed by grating potatoes, then squeezing them through cheesecloth. This removes some of the water from the potato solids. The liquid removed is replaced by adding hot broth made from chicken, pork or seafood along with meat and onions, and layering additional grated potatoes over the top .[3] Currently most people will put the potatoes in a juicer to remove the liquid. The rest of the process remains the same.[citation needed]

History[edit]

It is thought that rappie pie has its origins in the Acadian Expulsion, among Acadians who chose to live out their exile in Boston. This opportunity to meet and interact with other immigrant groups would naturally encourage a sharing of cultural recipes. It may have been German or Swiss immigrants who taught the Acadians their technique for using grated potatoes in their recipes, but whoever it was, this proved to be an important tip for those that returned to Nova Scotia when the expulsion was lifted. When they returned, they found that their fertile land had been given to New Englanders lured north by the promise of farmland. The harsh, rocky land that remained was excellent for growing potatoes, if little else, so the Acadians used them to fill out dishes made with what game was available.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kittler, Pamela Goyan; Sucher, Kathryn (2007-06-27). Food and culture. Cengage Learning. p. 519. ISBN 978-0-495-11541-0. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Karr, Paul (2010-05-03). Frommer's Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island. Frommer's. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-470-58250-3. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Meyer, Bernard (1988-01-01). Bernard Meyer's East Coast Cuisine: Regional Cooking With French Flair. Formac Publishing Company. p. 100. ISBN 978-0-88780-063-4. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Roy, Suman and Brooke Ali (2010). From Pemmican to Poutine: A Journey Through Canada's Culinary History. Toronto: The Key Publishing House, Inc. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-926780-00-9.