So there was Pie Showdown 2009 and the tradition continues with Pie Showdown 2010. Don’t worry, only one post for this year’s, just a quick recounting of what was entered. This year’s categories were Sweet and Savory and, boy, did we have some great entries. I think I never got around to taking pictures so these are courtesy of Mark (thanks, Mark!).
Tommy: You learn something new everyday. This was a Pissaladière Niçoise and it had caramelized onions, black olives and anchovies. I actually loved this pie, but I am already a huge fan of anchovies and caramelized onions, which I think helped. I hate olives but they’re easy to pick around so this was a win in my book. I can’t help but wonder what this would taste like warm – even better? Is that possible?
Brian: The Bojangles Pie. It was Bojangles mashed potatoes, dirty rice, spicy chicken fillets and chopped biscuits topped with a layer of cheddar and a bacon / homemade pie crust lattice. It sounds kind of crazy but it tasted pretty darn good. All of the Bojangles food sort of glommed together into a spicy goodness with the consistency of stuffing (and my love of stuffing is well-documented). Bottom line: it wasn’t as horrifying as Brian made it out that it would be. It was actually kind of awesome.
Melanie: I made key lime pie. I have already talked at length about this pie. Just a few other notes: a doubled filling fits nicely in a standard 9″ pie dish (no deep dish pie pan needed). Also, zesting without a microplane is omg painful.
Chris and Michele: Check out this beautifully decorated cherry pie. It tasted just what you’d hoped cherry pie would taste like: a bit tart, a bit sweet, all enclosed in a wonderfully flaky crust. I normally don’t like fruit pies but I liked this one. I can only imagine how it would have tasted slightly warm with vanilla ice cream – yum!
Penney: One amazing pear pistachio tart. I loved the visual contrast of the green pistachio to the wine-poached pears and they paired well on my taste buds too. There was also a wine reduction sauce that was not used for this pie but Penney has told me is an absolute must. This was Martin’s favorite by far.
Savory: Pissaladière Niçoise
Sweet: Key Lime Pie
I just wanted to say, I love our annual post-Christmas party (kindly hosted by Rachel and Mike for the third year running!) and I am glad that I have friends who want to participate in light-hearted competitions like this and friends who don’t mind being guinea pigs for our latest culinary (and sometimes crazy) ideas. So blessed, I am!