The blue meat pie is a staple in America’s backyard, but a growing number of Americans are turning their favorite snack into blue in the process.
In the past few months, the food blogger who first started calling out the meat pie’s blue color has become the poster child for the trend.
Now, a new petition to ban blue meat pies has gained more than 8,000 signatures.
In April, a group called Meat Pie for America petitioned the USDA to remove blue-colored meat pies from the market.
But it’s the red-and-black blue-and gold versions that have caught fire.
In July, a California-based company called Blue Max Beef decided to launch a red- and black-painted version of its meat pie.
The company even started selling it in restaurants in the U.S. and overseas.
“People are starting to look at it and say, ‘I have a craving for that,’ ” says Dave Siegel, Blue Max’s vice president of marketing and advertising.
“They want the meat and the cream.”
So, how does the blue meat pizza make it into the American mainstream?
“The main ingredient is the red meat,” says Siegel.
The red meat has to be “a real meat pie.”
Red meat is usually the thickest part of the pie, and the red color is a result of the natural oxidation of the red pigment, according to Siegel and Blue Max.
A pie made with red meat would be a bit like a white chocolate pie, but with more red in the color.
Blue Max says that the pie’s red color comes from natural antioxidants and pigments in the meat, and it’s only the blue color that’s made from a blue dye, which is used in many processed foods.
“The reason it’s called a blue pie is because the red is actually the same color as the blue,” says John Stahl, a spokesman for Blue Max who has been working with Blue Max since 2012.
He says that blue meat products were only ever marketed in the states of Oregon and Washington, because they were cheap to produce.
So, the red part of a pie with red parts isn’t really a pie, he says.
The other big difference between blue and red meat is that red meat contains more omega-3 fatty acids than blue meat.
“We’re talking about omega-6s, not omega-5s,” says Stahl.
“So it’s probably not the same as red meat, but it’s a better alternative.”
Blue Max has a few other red-meat pie products on the market, including red-cheese, red-sausage, and blue-sauce, which it’s selling for about $3 per pound.
In California, Blue Markets is selling blue-meat-pie-red-and, and other red and black pies.
The Red Meat Pie is the same in America as the red and white versions, but the color of the meat is different.
The most popular red meat pie in the United States is the Blue Max Blue Max Red Meat Pizza, which has blue- and red-colored crust and a red topping.
But Red Meat Pies have become popular in Europe, too.
In Sweden, the Red Meat pie is known as Red Meat Sauce Pie, which means that it contains red sauce.
In Germany, the Pie of the Month is called Pie of May.
And in England, the pies are known as the Red Pie.
But while Blue Max is the most popular pie in America, its red-pie version is gaining popularity in Europe and Asia.
“It’s just so much more palatable in Europe,” says Mark Hennig, founder of Pie for Europe.
He also thinks that blue-pie pies are healthier than red- or white-pie ones, since they’re made with higher-quality ingredients.
“You’re eating more vegetables, and you’re eating less meat,” he says, “which means less of these chemicals.”
But while some people are willing to give up the red parts of a meat pie for the blue ones, others are not.
“I’m not sure that it’s ever really healthy to give them up,” says Hennik.
“But I’m glad that they’re making a change.”