For this savory pie, use a variety of apple that holds up well in the oven. Golden Delicious and Granny Smith are two popular baking apples. Don't choose Red Delicious; although nice to eat out of hand, they lose shape when cooked.
Yukon Gold potatoes lead a moist texture and yellow to gold color to this pot pie. Look for them in the produce section of the supermarket.
Try dry hard cider in place of the non-alcoholic cider. Then serve the pie with a mug of sparkling hard cider.
Cutting vents into the top pastry allows steam to escape. This keeps the pastry crisp, a nice contrast to the filling underneath.