In honor of National Pi (not Pie) Day, we had pie for dinner:
Chicken Pot Pie using this recipe as it’s starting point. I made lots of changes, so really, it went more like this:
Preheat oven to 400.
I use a ready made pie crust just to make life easier. Put one crust into your pie plate and prick several holes. Bake for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the roux. Add precooked shreded chicken and a bag of frozen vegetables. Today, I used one of those Steamer bags that had sugar peas, carrots, cauliflower and brocoli in a basil butter sauce, plus added frozen peas and corn. Normally, I would just chop up a bunch of fresh veggies and add my own seasonings but I was a little short on time today. Melt cheese into the mixture. Dump the entire pot into your now partially baked crust and then add your pie top. We got a little fancy today and used cookie cutters to stamp “3.14” onto the top. If you don’t want to get that fancy, make sure you vent your pie somehow so it doesn’t explode 🙂
Bake at 400 for about 45 minutes. I had to cover my top after about 30 minutes as it was getting too brown. Yum.
For dessert, we also had pie:
Apple Crumble Pie. I made the recipe as is and just divided it into individual servings (Yes, we each got 1/5 of a pie. Guess what? We all licked our bowls clean too). The kids loved having their own pies – and this pie is crustless so it was very easy.
My kids haven’t learned about Pi at school, so we found a short movie on BrainPop that did a reasonable job of explaining it to my 2nd and 4th grader. They made some connections based on where they are in their math curriculum right now, which was fun to see. But really, to a non-math person like me, Pi is just a number (3.14) that gives us an excuse to eat pie for dinner on the fourteen day of the 3rd month, eh? Now I just have to find out when National Pie Day is, so we can have an excuse to have more pie for dinner…