Meat á la Mode by Kristina Von Kroug

Inspired by family traditions as well as by historical recipes and cooking techniques, Meat á la Mode puts a new twist on classic comfort food. My meat pies and savory ice creams explore the flavors of more rarely used game meats such as rabbit, oxtail, or alligator in addition to serving up childhood favorites like chicken noodle soup or macaroni and cheese -- all in pie form! Meat á la Mode strives to create a journey of taste encased in a golden, flaky crust.

Meat á la Mode's unique meat pies entice the discerning carnivore with mouth-watering flavor combinations, two types of pastry, and a decadent edible gold topping.

Keep watching -- I'm working hard to build a little emPIEre...

For more info or order inquiries please email:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Meat a la Mode Meat Pies: Vintage Photos, New Recipe List

TostiMac & Cheese Pie 2008

Pietopia 2009

MiniMeats 2008-2009

  • Chicken & Rhubarb Pie
  • White (wine) Rabbit Pie ***AWARD WINNING***
  • Dinosaur Pie (alligator in either a spicy creole style or creamy fennel sauce)
  • Venison Shepherd's Pie
  • Chicken Noodle Pie
  • Spicy Chicken Ginger Noodle Pie
  • Chicken and Dumpling Pie
  • Coconut Pulled Pork with Spicy Mango Bbq Sauce
  • Monte Cristo Pie with Salty Bacon Caramel Ice Cream
  • Wild Boar Pie
  • Lamb Cherry Pie with Rosemary Ice Cream
  • Lobster/Seafood Pie with Bacon Ice Cream
  • Chicken Makhani Pie
  • Chicken and Mushroom Pie
  • Ham and Cheese Pie
  • Meatloaf Shepherds Pie with Whipped Potato Crust and Roasted Tomato-Basil Ice Cream
  • Mince Meat Pie (Yes, with real meat - This is part of our seasonal Dickensian Pie Collection)
  • Python Pie (DISCONTINUED)
  • Kangaroo Stew Pie
  • Tender Goat Pie
  • Buffalo Joe Pie (Sloppily Delicious)
  • Turkey Chili Pie with Honey Buttered Corn Ice Cream
  • Tortilla Chicken Pie with Lime Cayenne Ice Cream
  • Oxtail Pie with Dill Ice Cream
  • Fried Chicken or Pork Chop Pie with Pink Peppercorn Potato Ice Cream
  • Duck and Wild Rice Pie
  • German Style Pie (Bierocks!) with ground beef and cabbage -or- sausage, sauerkraut and potato
  • Haggis Pie (Americanized...somewhat)
  • Pork Chops and Savory Applesauce Pie
  • Sweet and Sour BBQ Pork
  • Steak Stroganoff Pie
  • Smoked Salmon Pie
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Pie
  • Brown Sugar Sweet-Glazed Pork
  • Pizza Pie
  • Emu Pie
  • Fish n' Chip n' Pie
  • Sausage and Country Gravy Pie
...minimal meat/vegetarian options:
  • Caprese Pie with Tomato-Basil Sorbet
  • Baked Potato Pie (with cheese, bacon, sour cream, chives, etc...) ***A FAN FAVORITE***
  • Mushroom and Wine Pie (variations include: Chardonnay, Sherry, or Chianti)
  • Potato and Cheese Pie with Sour Cream and Chive Ice Cream
  • Fennel Veggie Pie
  • Herb and Fruit Savory Pie with Chicken Liver Mousse Ice Cream
  • Veggie Curry Pie
  • Mac and Cheese Pie with Salmon Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Monday, February 21, 2011

Chicken and Dumpling Pie...

My chicken and dumpling pie is filled with tender white and dark meat chicken, fresh herbs and vegetables, savory chicken gravy and plump little gnocchi! It can be topped with herbed dumplings (shepherd style) or pastry... Below is a wonderful review posted by one of my clients -- I live to feed, and I love seeing your reviews on yelp or sent directly to my email -- thank you so much to all of you who have supported my meaty dream! We are expanding so that we can make our meat pies available to the whole wide world, so if you know of a kitchen available full-time or a venue looking for a pie-making machine to take over, send them my way -- we are looking at a few places this week -- keep your fingers crossed for Meat a la Mode!


My family shared a wonderful, comforting Chicken & Dumplings dinner. And it was lovingly enveloped in a flaky pie crust! The chicken was juicy and tender; the crust savory, with just a decadent hint of sweetness; the resilient dumplings were (surprise!) adorable little gnocchi. My mouth climaxed. Repeatedly.

I was wholly satisfied and glowing as I pushed my chair back from the table, but I couldn't stop thinking about which pie I would order next. Duck and Wild Rice? Lobster? Alligator? Mac and Cheese? I'm doing it again. Cheesesteak? Baked potato?!

The family size was enough for two four-person meals, and it was even better the second time around!

From the sinful taste experience to the impeccable presentation (the gold dusting on the top, the radish rose, the antlered-pie stencil); I was thoroughly impressed by every aspect of the meal(s).

Meat á la Mode will now be my go-to culinary surprise when I want to amaze my family and friends visiting Portland from around the country. Or when I don't feel like making dinner, which will likely begin to happen much more often... -J.T.

Make Me Some Pie blog is spreading the meaty word!

Meat a la Mode's Kangaroo Stew Pies!

Check out Make Me Some Pie -- A great blog about one of my favorite subjects!!! There are only a few Meat a la Mode t-shirts left, one can be yours with every donation of $20 or more to Meat a la Mode's start-up fund! Wear your antlers with the pride of knowing you contributed to a passionate, local business owner with a uniquely delicious start-up! THANK YOU!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Meat a la Mode Seeks New Kitchen Space/Venue Host!

Call the number in the header or email meatlamode [at] for more

Thank you to for spreading the word!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

T-Shirt Tiiiiiiiime!

Black shirts with subtle gold Meat a la Mode logo screen print.

UPDATE: We are now SOLD OUT!!! Keep an eye out for our next batch and snap one up quick -- these are H-O-T!

Order next time so that you can wear your antlers with the pride of knowing that you contributed to a delicious and unique Portland start-up!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

In Honor of Valentines Day, here are some love letters sent to Meat a la Mode: Thanks for the LOVE!


These unique meat pies are truly something special for any foodie! As original as it is delicious. Our favorites are the duck with rice and rabbit in white wine fillings. We'll be a constant returning customer for sure. Top marks to the chef at Meat a' la Mode!! -Aaron G.


Delicious meat pies! Indeed a must have...

Kristina Krough has amazing talent! She has taken the traditional and classic pot pie to the next level! Kristina dares to experiment with exotic meats, a crispy layered crust, different shapes, and finishes her pies with a golden touch. Literally adds gold leafing! Talk about extraordinary!

I will say my favorite so far, is the rabbit and white wine. Yum in my tum! Then the sweet lobster heart shaped pies.

Next in line, I wish to try the duck and wild rice. Holy moly! This pie sounds savory! Can't wait to try it! -S. Johnson


We ordered a dozen Chicken Noodle mini-pies and a dozen Coconut Pulled Pork mini-pies with Spicy Mango Bbq Sauce for a BCS Championship game viewing party at our house this week. Rather than having them cooked ahead of time, we baked them ourselves at home.

The pies were a HUGE hit with the group of about 20 people. The Chicken Noodle was spicy and flavorful, and the Coconut Pulled Pork was saucey and delicious.

Meat a la Mode is THE PERFECT party food, especially for informal sports event gatherings. Hey, the Super Bowl is coming up in a few weeks... -Greg B.


I was at Greg's party and can confirm that those chicken noodle and pulled pork pies were totally grubbin'. There was plenty of food at that party, but people landed on the plates of pies and destroyed them in moments. Damn tasty! -Scott D.


The chicken noodle and rabbit are the best in the fall - I'm going to have to go with the meatloaf for the year-round eating. Fantastic.


I honestly can say that I could not have been happier with the Chicken Noodle Pie that I had from Meat á la Mode. The puff pastry lid was wonderfully golden and crisp, and the filling was to die for. Incredibly well-flavored with the most delicious chunks of white meat chicken, vegetables and noodles, My guests absolutely raved about this company's pies!! I will most definitely be using Meat á la Mode again for my next big social affair.


Last summer, during the sweltering heat wave, I went to the Farmers' Market on Salmon Street seeking a Sol Pop for relief. As these things often will, I got sidetracked when I saw that the final contestants from Pieopolis were sampling their wares...oh my! I forgot how hot it was & immediately got down to business. My first bite was a sample of White Wine Rabbit Pie from Kristina Baesler - the story behind this flavor was filled with topsy-turvy Alice In Wonderland imagery. I was smitten. I tried to locate her later, but to no avail! I dreamt of this pie - especially as it was burnished with real gold, mashed potato piping along the edges, and just filled with succulent meat & vegetables.

FINALLY thanks to another social networking site (you know who you are!), Kristina contacted me. This woman & I were just destined to meet! She makes pies and savory ice creams that are out of this world! We discussed whether or not Portland could really embrace her vision due to the large population of vegan & vegetarian diners. No need to worry! Portland also has a very large contingent of meat eaters...carnivore deluxe!

Last night Kristina delivered a White Wine Rabbit Pie to my door and I can tell you, the 3 Musk-A-Teers & I have been in a state of bliss ever since! In the very center of this amazing dish was the silhouette of a rabbit in gold - so very gorgeous! The filling is perfect in every bite, filled with meat, vegetables, and a sauce that compliments the meat in a velvety blanket. The crust is burnished to a golden glow and the piped mashed potatoes around the edges just make this bunny look like he/she is sporting a very frilly collar - that just happens to be delicious to eat as well as to ogle! I cannot be more pleased.

If you are entertaining or if you would like to sample some savory pies for your family, please give Meat a la Mode a call - there are several sizes available & lots of flavors from which to choose. Her blog is wonderful to read, as well. This is one of those Portland businesses that you can feel very good about supporting. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Lest I be bombarded with PETA-prone folks, please! I do love animals, and I was a fervent supporter of Peter Rabbit & all his kin. It's just that these pies are so incredible, I am willing to forego imagery of Beatrix Potter nostalgia, and hunker down, like Farmer McGregor. -Suzanne F.


Ordering and consuming the delicious, meaty creations of Kristina Krough should be on every Portlander's culinary bucket list.

Krough has a knack for taking ingredients one might otherwise consider odd coupling, and finding that sweet spot where savory and sweet meet. How to pull off duck and peas or Thanksgiving pie? Add a few gold flakes and a sumptuous pastry. -Eric A.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Meat a la Mode a la KOIN-TV Studio 6!

The side dish to today's lobster meat pies: Asparagus salad with my pickled lotus root, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and handmade radish roses -- so romantic! Aphrodisiacs galore!!!

Koin Studio 6 - Featuring Meat a la Mode's Lobster Pot Pies!

Meat a la Mode Seeks New Kitchen Space/Venue!

Who wants a piece of the pie?

Get it!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

My Meaty Mission

Inspired by my family’s traditions as well as by historical recipes and cooking techniques, Meat á la Mode puts a new twist on classic comfort food. My meat pies and savory ice creams explore the flavors of more rarely used game meats like rabbit, oxtail, or alligator in addition to serving up childhood favorites like chicken noodle soup or macaroni and cheese – all in pie form! Meat á la Mode strives to create a journey of taste encased in a golden, flaky crust.

Meat a la Mode's unique pies entice the discerning carnivore with mouth-watering flavor combinations, two types of pastry, and a decadent, edible gold topping –- keep watching, I’m working hard to build a little emPIEre...

Meat á la Mode

Meat Pies, Savory Ice Creams

by Kristina Von Kroug

Saturday, February 5, 2011


...and in COLOR!

See you this Tuesday, February 8th on KOIN 6 around 4 p.m. as I share with you my recipe for heart-shaped Lobster Meat Pies, the perfect little decadent treats to make for your honey or your fabulous self this Valentine's Day. Mark your calendars, set your VCRs, get all your friends together in the middle of the day -- One lucky viewer will get a very special gift from Meat a la Mode...