In honour of Pi Day, we’ve compiled our 3 favourite non-traditional pie recipes - one for breakfast, lunch, and then dinner. For today, pie isn’t just for dessert.
Like any regular day, let's start with breakfast. This pie consists of all of our favourite breakfast items.
What you need:
- 1 pie shell – 9 inch
- 1 package of sausage or bacon – pick your favourite or do half and half
- 1 ½ cups swiss cheese – grated
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup light cream
- Chopped onions
- Red peppers
- Green peppers
Cook your sausage or bacon. Once cooked, drain all excess fat, then crumble it and let it cool. Put your crumbled sausage or bacon in a bowl. Mix in your cheese. From there, add the meat and cheese mixture in your pie shell. Gently beat the eggs in a bowl. Add the light cream and any other additions you decided you wanted. Pour the mixture into the pie shell over the meat and cheese. Bake at 375 for 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and you’re ready to eat! Feel free to complement this pie with drizzled hollandaise sauce or hot sauce, or pair it with a side of hashbrowns – Yum!
On to lunch! You don’t want something overly intense, so what’s a better midday snack than some nacho chips and chili – in pie form? Your ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups crushed tortilla chips
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
- 3 cups of chili
- 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup of shredded Monterey jack cheese
- Optional toppings:
- Couple dollops of sour cream
- Green onions
For the main meal, we’re going to go back to a hearty classic, a fan favourite – the chicken pot pie! What you’ll need:
- 2 9-inch unbaked pie crusts
- 1 pound of skinless, boneless chicken breast halves cut into cubes
- 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables
- 1/3 chopped onion
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 ¾ cups chicken broth
- 2/3 cup milk
Get your oven ready and preheat to 425. Melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan and add the onions. Cook and stir until tender. From there, stir in the flour, salt & pepper until well blended. Slowly stir in the milk and chicken broth. Continue to stir until thickened. Add chicken and mixed vegetables. Remove from heat. Put the mixture in your pie crust, then top it with your second crust and seal the edges. Cut little slits on the top of the pie to let the steam escape. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pie from the oven and cover your pie edges with tinfoil so it doesn’t get too cooked. Put the pie back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes.
As for dessert, there are so many amazing options out there - from your classic apple pie or chocolate cream pie, to your less than traditional banana split pie or mint oreo pie. Pick your favourite and finish off your Pi Day right!