I was thrilled to discover a book that celebrates pie beyond apple and cherry! Dinner Pies was not only refreshing, it exposed me to so many different kinds of pies.
After I spent some time flipping through the book, I finally made a decision for my first dinner pie, Shepard’s Pie! I chose this pie because I thought it only existed in folklore; but also because it had a good level of difficulty and wasn’t a piece of cake, haaa.
At first I was intimidated, so many delicate steps to perfecting that golden crust … am I even capable? I honestly felt a pinterst fail before-and-after photo sesh about to happen. From start to finish, however, this complex pie was super easy to execute. For someone who frequently cooks, I was not in my comfort zone and I must say it was a fun challenge. One important thing I learned is that a pie requires time and patience; there’s a lot of resting that occurs and it doesn’t include you. With that said, don’t plan a pie for a rushed evening. I also learned some science in the recipe for success section which offers great tips and tricks to ensure the perfect pie; I found these to be very helpful.
Overall, the Shepard’s Pie turned out perfect! The crust was flaky, the filling perfectly seasoned and the mashed potatoes like a buttery cloud of amazingness. I’m honestly surprised by how easy the whole process was and enjoyed the sense of accomplishment that accompanied it. Dinner Pies does an excellent job of giving at-home chefs the ability to learn about and create delicious savory pies from scratch. With the holidays upon us, I recommend this book for any chef on your holiday gift list.
Let me know if you pick up or happen to own Dinner Pies and what recipes you made! Share below.