Wednesday, June 02, 2010

California Pie

While it's common for me to post recipes on this here blog, it's rare that the recipes actually come from me.  I modify here and there, but there isn't anything that's truly mine... until now.

I hereby introduce:  California Pie.  It's a lighter, more delicious version of a Shepard's Pie.

Deliciousness, destroyed.

California Pie
yield:  one 9-inch pie

crust for 9-inch pie (recipe follows)
1/3 pound shredded turkey (either deli or leftover roast turkey)
1/2 bag frozen mixed vegetables
2 small tomatoes
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Method:  Press crust into pie plate.  Layer shredded turkey on top of crust.  Add a layer of frozen veggies.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup of Swiss cheese on top of veggies.  Cut tomatoes into slices; layer slices on top of vegetables, letting slices overlap.  Sprinkle additional Swiss cheese on top of tomatoes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Raise temperature to 400 degrees and finish baking for 10 minutes.  The crust will be light in color, but it should be finished.  Let cool, serve and eat!

You can use any crust you'd like for this pie, but I really recommend this one.  It's moist, and salty, which plays wonderfully with the pie!

Oil Pastry
From Betty Crocker: Bridal Edition cookbook

1 1/3 cups all purpose, unbleached flour
1/2 plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 tablespoons cold water

Mix flour, salt, and oil until flour is moistened.  Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all water is absorbed.  (You may need a little less than 2 tablespoons - I did!)  Gather pastry into a ball.  Press into pie plate.

ps.  Since katie asked - the name comes from a dish my hubs tried at City Market (like a local Panera).  This pie is my best approximation of that dish.


  1. Aren't pies supposed to be sweet and fruit based

  2. katie - I don't know. The name comes from a dish Jordan had at City Market... this is my best approximation of that. I'll add that to the description.

    Nathan - no, not all pies. What about Shepard's Pie, as I mentioned, or Chicken Pot Pie?

  3. I am officially trying this dish this weekend-- this looks AMAZING.

  4. Quick question-- when you made this, did your pie have a top crust, or were the tomatoes/cheese on top?