Like any foodie, I have a long list of new recipes I want to try. I send myself emails containing recipes of interest, I've flooded my favorites file on my AOL toolbar, and I have post-its sticking out of my collection of cookbooks. A few of the bookmarked recipes have been tried and made again, but most of them are un-tried and forgotten about until I get a rare moment to sit and clean out all of those files or read a cookbook.
In recent months, I've discovered Pinterest. I love Pinterest. But, as most of you know, it's highly addictive. I've had to limit my pinning time to just a couple of hours a week, otherwise I could easily lose an entire day browsing through all the beautiful photos of food, crafts, home improvement ideas, etc.
After drooling over this Potato Tart photo on Pinterest, I knew I just had to make it right away. I didn't want this recipe to be one of the long-forgotten "must try" dishes that I tell myself I will try someday. The fact that this recipe called for leftover mashed potatoes and I had a big bowl of just that in the fridge really helped in my decision to not tuck this recipe away to be forgotten.
I was a bit nervous, though. This recipe called for pie crust. That's uncharted territory for me. The only thing I know of pie crusts are those pre-made graham cracker crusts sold in the pudding aisle of the super-market. And, though, I'm a pie crust newby, I knew that particular crust wasn't what I needed for this recipe.
I quickly sent out an email to my long-time friend, Lisa. I told her I needed help finding a pie crust recipe that would work for this savory dish. I also told her that I'd love to use Bisquick if at all possible, since I have a big ol' jar of it on my counter. I also told her that I don't have a rolling pin, so I needed something that I could make just using my hands. As always, Lisa was a great help. She pointed me to a simple pie crust recipe that turned out to be perfect for this meal. (Thanks, Lisa!)
As for the pie itself, I halved the recipe that I found on Pinterest for two reasons:
- We're a small family. I knew that Grace wouldn't touch it and that Joe and I would be left eating the entire pie.
- I wasn't sure how this recipe would turn out with my lack of crust making skills.
Oh, and I keep calling it a pie. The original recipe calls it a tart. The original recipe also looks beautiful and worthy of the fancier name. Plus, I used a pie pan since like the rolling pin, I don't own a tart pan (can you tell I don't bake?). So, I called this meal Loaded Mashed Potato Pie.
Loaded Mashed Potato Pie
- Pie Crust, homemade or store bought
- 2 strips turkey bacon
- 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 heaping cup Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, warmed (or your favorite mashed potatoes)
- 1/4 cup lite sour cream
- 1/3 cup reduced fat Colby-Jack Cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly grease a 9 inch pie plate (I used Crisco)
- Press pie crust into plate and pierce bottom of crust with fork several times.
- Partially bake for 5-7 minutes. Then allow to rest for 5 minutes.
- While crust is baking, cook bacon in frying pan over medium heat, until crisp.
- Remove bacon and set aside.
- If needed, drain off grease. (The brand of turkey bacon we use, isn't greasy at all, so there was nothing to drain.)
- Add onions to the pan and cook until tender and transparent. (Add a few drops of water as they are cooking if there isn't enough grease in the bottom of the pan.)
- Next, you'll want to layer your pie filling. Starting with the mashed potatoes, spread evenly in the bottom of the pie crust.
- Then, top the potatoes with a layer of sour cream, followed by the onion, then the bacon, and finally the cheese.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
- Slice and serve. Top with additional cheese or sour cream if desired.
- Remember when I said halved the recipe since it would just be the two of us eating this? Well, I wish I made 2 pies! When dinner was finished, there was just one piece left!
- Reheats nicely! Since we only had one slice left, I didn't want to turn on the oven to reheat it. I simply heated it in a frying pan on the stove. I turned the burner on medium/low and covered with a lid and let it heat for a few minutes, checking it often.
- This is an excellent side dish! We served this with chicken wings and coleslaw, I'm thinking this would also be a good served along with a bowl of soup in place of a sandwich.
- I loved cauliflower (from the mashed potatoes and cauliflower) in this recipe!
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