Hello and welcome to Djalali Cooks. Happy Pi Day! We have made a variety of pies on Djalali Cooks, mostly savory pies, and we have a couple sweet pies too. So in honor of 3.14 (March 14) I am rounding up several of the pies we have made to celebrate. So sit back and enjoy today’s celebration of all things pie: Happy Pi Day – A Pie Round Up.
Smoked Salmon and Ricotta Quiche
This quiche is a great brunch dish, perfect for any upcoming Easter brunch plans you may have. The smoky, salty flavor of the smoked salmon goes beautifully with the fluffy, light ricotta. We will finish it off with a lemon créme fraîche drizzle and chives. Let’s get to the recipe!
One of my favorite dishes any time of day is quiche. Quiche hit its hey day in America in the 1980’s. And that’s when quiche became kitsch. Remember the book, Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche…? (written by Bruce Feirstein) It came out in 1982 and was a tongue-in-cheek guidebook that satirized the masculine stereotypes of the era. The title is a direct response to the fad of quiche being a feminine, “ladies who lunch” type of food. Funny, because quiche has a long European history dating all the way back to the 12th century. So today we’re going back to the origins of quiche with Quiche Lorraine.
Spring Chicken Pot Pie
It’s great you’re here today because I have a quintessential Sunday Supper, perfect for right now! Spring Chicken Pot Pie. This recipe is adapted from one I found in Southern Living and what makes it perfect for spring is my addition of sugar snap peas. The fresh green crunch of sugar snap peas really liven up this classic Chicken Pot Pie recipe. Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
Mushroom Potpie with Fall Veggies
As November nears, I start thinking about Turkey Day. I am not a crazy planner, but I like to have some idea of what to cook on the big day – the Super Bowl of cooking that is Thanksgiving. More than the turkey itself, which Alex handles because he likes to deep fry or smoke the bird, I like to think about the sides. Today’s Mushroom Potpie struck me as not only a great side, but as a great vegetarian option for the main course – skipping the Tofurkey and other meat impersonations and going straight for something that can stand on its own. Shall we get to it?
Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mashies
Today we are revisiting a great recipe for a cold day. A classic casserole with a healthy twist; savory, herby meat and veggie filling topped with creamy and fluffy Cauliflower Mashies make this Shepherd’s Pie a lighter take on the original.
Cranberry Curd Tart
Hello and welcome to Djalali Cooks! I am closing the book on Thanksgiving 2021 today with a beautiful dessert; a great alternative to a lemon tart on your Thanksgiving Table. Not only that, this gorgeous, ruby-hued tart deserves a spot on any holiday table. I found this particular recipe for a Cranberry Curd Tart on NYT Cooking, and I have made a few modifications that make this dessert a whole lot faster and easier. Let’s get right to it!
Atlantic Beach Pie
We are satisfying our sweet tooth today with an Atlantic Beach Pie. I found this recipe on Food52, and after seeing a similar pie called a North Carolina Lemon Pie, I thought I’d give it a go. The main differences between the two versions, as far as I can tell is the Atlantic Beach Pie allows for a mix of lemon and lime juice and finishes with a sprinkling of flaky sea salt. These twists are thanks to Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill. I took another liberty with this recipe and crushed the crackers coarse, so the crust would have a more craggy texture. This made for a very crumbly crust, but I really like the bigger shards of salty Saltines. Let’s get to it!
I hope you enjoyed Happy Pi Day – A Pie Round Up! Pies are a great thing – they go sweet or savory; you can get really creative with your ingredients, too. As we get into outdoor brunch season, my mind can’t help but drift toward quiche…I hope you give a few of these recipes a try. What’s your favorite kind of pie? Let me know in the comments below! Take care and be well, xo Kelly
Some Tools for Pie Making
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