Monday, April 16, 2012

Meat Pie in Jars

For this recipe you will need:

Cooked pie filling of your choice.  Enough for 1 large pie.  Sweet or savory, it's unimportant.
1 double crust pie recipe, or prepared pie crust, your choice.
12 mini mason jars, straight sides matter.

I line up my jars.  I heat up, then drain, whatever filling I'm using and lay it on a sheet pan to cool down.  I leave the gravy in a bowl  to add some to the pie and some to use later.  I find it easier to scoop filling with a little scoop, I'm bad at equal distribution, this method works for me :)

This is my own pastry but sometimes I buy, if the premade stuff is on sale, I'm in!  My mother would be horrified, she's the pastry queen but what she doesn't see...  :)

Roll out the pastry, cut 2 circles per jar (1 for the bottom and 1 for the top).  I cut strips with a pizza wheel and press them into the jars around the sides.

Fill to most of the way up, add a little extra gravy/sauce and top with the reserved circles.  A knife slit in the top stops any future explosions.  Pop the lids on, throw a letter on top so you know what they are and shove them in the freezer!  DONE!


M is for meat :)  Off to the freezer with them.  When I am ready to bake, I'll preheat the oven to 375, pop as many jars on a tray as we need OPENED and bake them about 45 minutes.  Run a thin knife around the edge when they are baked and they'll pop out!  Eat hot or cold, with a meal or a salad, there's nothing better than opening your freezer and finding......

Fresh out of the oven,

Run a knife around the edge and they pop out very easily!

With mashed potatoes, green beans and some gravy...

mmmmm, pie.


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