Tuesday, January 11, 2011

More pies from the 12 pies of Christmas

Oooh, this is a perennial favorite. Spaghetti pie. Boil 6oz noodles. Grate 1/3 c Parmesan and beat 2 eggs. Drain your noddles and mix with the eggs and Parmesan. Press into pie pan forming a crust. Set aside. In a skillet brown 1/2 lb ground beef with 1/2 bell pepper, 1/2 c chopped onion, and at least 2 cloves of minced garlic. Pour in 16oz of pre-made spaghetti sauce, whether jarred from the store or homemade.
Spread 1 c of cottage cheese on the bottom of the "crust". Pour your meat sauce over the cheese. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes, until bubbly. Then top with your favorite white cheese- Parmesan or Mozzarella or Italian blend- and continue baking just until the cheese melts. The sauce will probably be enough for 2 pies, so plan on an extra crust and freeze your second pie!

Preparing to bake the pie crust first. Weighted down with pie weights.

This yummy filling has sugar, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, butter, and chopped cranberries mixed together.
Very tasty pie. You can find the recipe in The Baker's Dozen Cookbook. It's called Cranberry Chess Pie.
Ice cream pie. Oreo. No, I didn't make it. My sister bought it. I did eat it though- while watching Indiana Jones!

Mmmm! Time to enjoy Shepherd's Pie. 
Chunk some beef roast, coat in flour and brown. Cook in a stew pot in the oven with your favorite vegetables like potatoes, carrots, green beans. Deglaze the pan adding water and Better than Boullion. Bake in the oven and enjoy your pot of stew.
 Next day thicken the remaining broth with flour and make more- thickened-if necessary. Use these leftovers to create your own Shepherd's Pie. Layer remaining beef stew, creamed potatoes, and sharp cheddar. I make my creamed potatoes "Mom's way"- with real butter, natural sour cream, salt, and pepper. Bake all of this in the oven until bubbly and heated through. Serve with fresh baked biscuits and a spinach salad.

Now this is quiche. What a quiche! Highly recommend this recipe. It is really one of the best spinach quiches I've had. My dad absolutely devoured it, and he's a little on the pickier side when it comes to finding a dish he really loves and asks to have it made again. 

Cherry Pie. My husband and sister both declared this to be the best cherry pie they've ever had. My secret: it's simple! Really. "Simple things are best," the saying goes. In this case it appears to be true. Another find.

My favorite lemon meringue pie. I love lemon meringue and strawberry pies personally. To me strawberry is for springtime only, but lemon is perfect any time of year. I've made this pie for years. Can't see changing the recipe any time soon. It's a bit more tart than many lemon meringue pies. When I got back to Tennessee after spending Christmas with my parents in Arizona my mother-in-law immediately asked for me to bake my lemon meringue pie. My husband vetoed it saying that after the 12 pies of Christmas he was tired of pie. But I promised her I'd make it again. 

Finally- apple pie. Again, simple things are best. It's nothing special. Nor was it my favorite pie. I want to find a special apple pie, but this was just fine. Just a typical apples glazed in cinnamon, brown sugar type glaze with a crumb topping on the top. Delicious with or without ice cream!

Wow, did I ever have fun!
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