Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pie, its what for dinner {what we ate Wednesday, with a mini giveaway}

Ever wanted to test a theory.
Not one of those silly science fair ones you had to do as a kid, cause lets be honest has knowing wether a brick would reach the ground faster then an egg ever come in handy?!
No this theory is MUCH more important.
The hypothesis:
"If I stick ____ in a pie crust, then will it make it taste better?"
For todays test we are using shepherds pie. I mean come on PIE is in the name.


What you will need:
- 1 lb ground sirloin
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup onion diced small
- 2 to 3 carrots peeled and diced small
- 2 garlic cloves diced
- 1 tsp worcestershire
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- pie crust
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- olive oil


Over medium high heat add 2 tbsp of olive oil to large sauce pan. Once heated add carrots and onion. Cook for about 3 to 4 mins until brown.


Add meat, salt and pepper to taste. Cook until meat is cooked through. Then add the flour and mix well. Add chicken broth, herbs, worcestershire. Cook over low heat until thickened, about 2 to 3 mins.


Add corn and peas and cook for another minute.


Then take you mini pie maker, wait you do not have a mini pie maker?! Ha, not sure why I have one, other then it was in my stocking last year! But you can totally do this by hand. Now some of you "Martha's" out there will scoff at my pre-made pie crust, but if those generous people over at Pillsbury want to make pie crust, then the only nice thing to do is use it!
Ok back to the recipe.
Cut the premade stuff into 4 quarters.


Lay on side down and add filing.


And top with another piece, and press. Or if you are hand making, crimp the side and trim...


Bake pre your box of pie crust. Make sure to slit the top. And if you are feeling sassy, brush some melted butter and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Makes about 8 individual pies.



So what did we learn today kids? Putting things in pie form, DOES make it taste better.
Hypothesis, PROVEN.


And not to be left out our dessert had to come in the shape of a pie.
Peach Pie to be exact.


What you will need:
- 4 peaches {peeled and cut into bite size pieces}
- sugar {1/4 cup}
- lemon
- 2 tbsp butter {with a little more melted for brushing the pies}
- dash of cinnamon

In a non stick pan over medium high heat, melt butter and sugar. Add peaches, about a tbsp of lemon juice and cinnamon. Cook for around 5-6 mins or until peaches soften but are still a smidge firm.

Oh and I forgot to tell you, my little pie maker, has a lattice on one side!
Fill and press.


Bake pre pie package instructions. Brush a little melted butter on top and sprinkle with a little bit more sugar.


Then serve warm with some vanilla ice cream...


Want to know something REALLY crazy. Somehow I have TWO, count them TWO, mini pie makers. Cause really I totally need two right?!
NOT.
So I would love for this unopened one to come live with one of you!


I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left on this post.
You have until Friday!


51 comments:

Hespyhesp said...

This looks absolutely delish! Too bad I just gave up meat two weeks ago! Oh, well, I do love peach pie!

Jennifer said...

wow, your dinner posts always make me hungry!! This looks yummy and reminds me of a quesadilla pie that I make!! :)

cami said...

I WANT that pie mold!!!! And I'm not afraid to rock some pre-made crust either. Why the fuss? Like you said, they were kind enough to make it for us!

perezmom said...

So yummy - makes me hungry too! Those mini pies are just too cute! Just think of all the stuff you could stuff in a pie shell -the possibilities are endless!

prov3130grl said...

those pies look delicious! I may just have to do a "pie night" myself :) though, it's just my husband and i - so it might not be quite so thrilling. lol. I want a mini pie maker!!! why didn't I know those existed?!?

emily said...

seriously, i was just about to call you and ask "where did you get that flippin' pie maker?" so, yes, you should pick me :)

lesley said...

I need another kitchen gadget like I need more laundry but that pie mold looks too fun!

Jill T said...

AWESOME!!! What a handy little contraption. I am kinda addicted to kitchen gadgets:) And...thanks for the recipes too!

Anna said...

Wow! What a handy little contraption that is; it makes making pie effortless. I'm dying for some peach pie right now too since it's peach season at our local orchard!

The Biggs Family said...

What a cute little gadget. Yum peach pie my favorite!

MandyRae said...

Those mini pies are the cutest!!

Mrs. Chaney said...

So cute! I've never wanted something in my kitchen so badly...

The Armstrong Family said...

So much fun! I agree that making anything into a pie makes it taste even better. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
sally.m.armstrong@gmail.com

Erin said...

oh, how fun! i'd love to win this and try it at home. my husband would love it :-)

H is for Hillman said...

That is so cute! My kids would love this to help me cook!!!

Gina said...

Yum!!! I would eat pie every night!! Xoxo

-Shelby :) said...

That is so cute! Honestly, I didnt even know mini pie makers existed. Now I'm going to have to find me one..

ginnysaurusrex said...

OH MY GOD. All I was thinking the whole time I was reading this post was "WHERE do I find a mini pie mold???" So basically, this giveaway RULES. :D *fingers crossed*

ginnykathleen at msn dot com

Chelsea said...

This is awesome! I would love to try a few experiments using the pie mold. That peach pie looks so yummy.

deangirlnj said...

I have some white peaches that I want to try this with. Thanks for the inspiration :)

lele07 said...

How adorable!! Those mini pies melt my heart!!

2littlehooligans said...

those are adorable! i want one and i want one of those pies:) YUM!

angie said...

Um, your dinner {and pie} look YUMMERS!

Summer said...

How cool! I would definitely love to win this and try these recipes out!

shea said...

Well, aren't those just adorable! I think I would try to make everything into pie form too if I had one of those gadgets. I'd be happy to take it off your hands. The lattice cutter is too perfect.

Marissa said...

How have I not seen this? Pie crust is my WEAAKKKKNESSSS! I must win. Love you.

The Prairie Hen said...

ooooooooo. I want to make mini Shepard's pie! Too cute!

Camille said...

This looks delicious! I might have to actually go get one of these if I don't win ...

cam22190 at gmail

Alison said...

Yumm!!! Both pies look delish!!! I'd love to win the mold so I can make my own! They are just too cute!!! :)

Megan Tetter said...

Both of those dishes look YUMMY!

Eva said...

Seriously... I just ate at the Cheesecake Factory and am filled to the brim, yet somehow, these lovely photos are making me hungry! I would love to win the little pie maker so I can make mini pies of my own! :) Thanks for sharing!

julie said...

Love the lattice side to the pie maker. I want to try :-)

Abigail said...

yum sounds like a great dinner!

Brooke said...

Love it and your pie themed dinner! I bet shepherds pie is betteras a mini pie. Besides, the crust is the best part!

Sarah@everydayeasy said...

Ooooh I love pie!!! Your mini pie dinner looks awesome!

Cheryl said...

What a cute little thing! I like!

Eryn said...

I am PIE OBSESSED! I'd love one of these!! :D

The Weiss Family said...

so cute!

Ashley said...

bah! I would love a mini pie maker. Actually I have never made a pie. But if I could make it in mini version I think I would go for it. My husband loves pie.

B said...

I'd love to have this for my picky eaters! As long as it's disguised... They will eat it! Thanks for a great post!

Cat Kotaka said...

Pie is good...anytime, any way!

FROM WILLIAMS TO WALKER said...

These look soooo yummy!!!! I have tried a few of your recipes and none have disappointed!!! I love how the desert pie looks from the pie mold!!! So Cute!!! Hoping I get this!!!

Rachel said...

YUM! That peach pie looks amazing! I love that mini pie maker! It would be great portion control for me! :)

Elysha said...

Bring on the pie! I would rather have pie than cake, any day of the week. And put them in mini-form and I am all over it. There are so many things you can put in pie crust to make it better: chocolate, fruit, cheese...mmmmm...pie.

Kylie Kreikemeier said...

So neat!

Krissi said...

I want that pie mold :-)!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! I need this mini pie mold. Please. Just found your blog by searching for turquoise sofas and I think I'll stick around for a while. Thanks! susana901 at yahoo dot com

Jenna said...

would love to make mini pies!! so cute!!

Tiffany said...

That's amazing! While reading the post I was literally thinking, "now where on earth did she get that? I bet it was WS!" Low and behold...

fromheretothere said...

i love pie. hope i win this :)

Aubrey said...

You make it look so easy!