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Pi(e) Day Iron Chef


Fig 1. Pi


Fig 2. Einstein

Pi is a magical irrational number that starts out 3.14159. Einstein was this crazy guy with wacky hair and, less importantly, a knack for theoretical physics, who happened to be born on March 14. So every year we celebrate March 14 (aka 3/14 aka 3.14) as Pi-nstein Day with the logical dessert choice of ice cream floats bundt cake pie.

We also enjoy a good competition, so we took advantage of the season with a Pi(e) Day Iron Chef here at the ThinkGeek MegaPlex.

Entrants varied from Elvis pie, coconut cream pie, do-see-domo pie, breakfast pie, ricotto and spinach pie (quiche, fancy!), chocolate pie, and more. When the Chairman swung his arm down and said "Allons-y!" we threw ourselves upon the task of eating and then voted for our favorites.

And lo, there was a pie tie!

We'll let you be the judge of the merits of our two winning pies. One is savory (read: bacon) and the other sweet. Feel free to try them in your kitchen stadium and let us know how it goes!


Breakfast Pie with Bacon by E

1 pound bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
8 large eggs, beaten to blend
1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and grated
2 3/4 cups grated sharp cheddar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
extra bacon strips to weave as the pie crust

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 9-inch pie dish with a woven bacon piecrust.
2. Bake bacon crust until bacon is mostly cooked, then drain (or leave drippings in pan for extra yummy).
3. Cook bacon and onion in heavy large skillet over medium heat until bacon is crisp and onion is translucent, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes.
4. Transfer to paper towel using slotted spoon and drain well.
5. Combine eggs with next 3 ingredients, then mix in bacon mixture.
6. Pour into prepared baking dish, spreading mixture evenly.
7. Bake until center is set, about 45 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.


Sugar Cream Pie by Heather

1 (9") pie crust, baked
4 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup white sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 1/4 cups half and half cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Mix cornstarch and sugar. Add 4 tablespoons butter and half and half. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and creamy. Add vanilla.
2. Preheat oven broiler to high.
3. Pour mixture into pie crust. Drizzle 2 tablespoons butter over top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Put under broiler until butter bubbles--watch it carefully as it doesn't take long.
4. Add strawberries and blueberries to the top and refrigerate.

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meaningless icon! Oh man these look amazing! I hope you'll concoct some more recipes in the future.
FearTheKirby said this 3073 days ago.
meaningless icon! Where's the picture of the winning pie? :P
imseth said this 3073 days ago.
meaningless icon! Can't wait to try these!
Kilenaitor said this 3072 days ago.
meaningless icon! drat you all to heck! now i'm hungry for breakfast pie :/
Nchalada said this 3072 days ago.
meaningless icon! this is a really great idea. in the words of Dr. Phil thank you for caring enough to share. i'm going to try this with my friends. CHef C.C. www.collegecatering.blogspot.com
Chef C.C. said this 2893 days ago.
meaningless icon! i must b doing sumthing wrong cuz my comment has not posted. forgive me if it has and i'm missin it.
Chef C.C. said this 2893 days ago.
meaningless icon! this is a great idea i'll be trying it with some friends. thx for sharing.
Chef C.C. said this 2893 days ago.

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