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Mini Pies for Pi Day!

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Happy Pi day everyone! For me, I like to view the holiday as Pi(e) day. As there will be many pies baked in honor of today, I thought I would add a couple to the mix. However, instead of doing a sweet pie, I decided to go savory. One is perfect for breakfast, the other perfect for lunch, a snack, or cocktail hour, and to top it off – they are mini! It might be a psychological thing, but I think mini things taste better somehow. Maybe it’s because you get everything in one bite.
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The first is my breakfast ham and egg mini pie. Yes it’s kind of like a mini quiche, but today, it’s a mini breakfast pie. Super quick to throw together, with no pre-cooking required.
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Next is a spin on a spinach pie mixed with a spanikopita. This little bite really hits the spot, and it’s a healthier pie because… KALE!! These will also be a good party snack for St. Patrick’s Day.
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Look at how little 6 cups of kale cooks down to!
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I also used store-bought pie crust dough as a shortcut. By all means make your own pie dough, but today was not one of those days for me. I used a circular cutter that was larger than the mini muffin tins so there would be enough for the sides. Or you can cut out the dough with a sharp knife.
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Remember to poke holes in the bottom of your pie dough with a fork!
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I used some extra pie dough and these cute little cookie cutters I got from my parents (thanks!) to cut out little shapes to put on the kale/feta pies.
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One note on the breakfast pies: I added the Canadian bacon and cheese first, then poured in the egg mixture which ended up causing more egg mixture around the muffin tins than in them. You can see some of the spillage below. The photo was after I tried to wipe most of it off the tray.
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As a result, in the directions below you will see my change to: pouring the egg mixture in and THEN topping with cheese. It will save you some cleanup.

Mini Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Pies
makes 12 mini pies

1/4-1/3 cup Canadian bacon, diced (about 2-3 small round pieces)
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (a heaping 1/2 cup)
1 scallion, thinly sliced
3-4 eggs (3 if using extra large, 4 if using large)
1/8 cup milk
salt & pepper
1 sheet pie dough, brought to room temperature

Preheat oven to 350ºF and spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.

Dice up the Canadian bacon, shred the cheese, and slice the scallion. Next break your eggs into a measuring up – it will make it easier to pour the egg mixture into the pies later. Add the milk and whisk together. Add the sliced scallions and a little salt and pepper to the egg mixture and mix to combine.

Cut circles out of the pie dough and fit into muffin tin. I find it easiest to push down from the edges of the circle so the thickness of the pie dough stays the same. If you push down in the middle of the dough it will stretch thin in places. Prick bottom of pie dough with a fork.

Divide Canadian bacon among the 12 pies. Pour in egg mixture leaving a little room on top, then top with cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes, checking at 25 minutes.
Enjoy!
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Mini Kale and Feta Pies
makes 12 mini pies

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 large (or 2 regular) garlic clove, minced
6 packed cups raw kale, washed, removed from stems and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 egg, beaten
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 350ºF and spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.

Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the scallion and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 15-30 seconds (you don’t want your pan too hot or the garlic will burn) and then add half (3 cups) of the kale along with 1 tablespoon of the water. The water will help steam the kale. Once the kale has wilted a bit, add the remaining kale and 1 tablespoon of water. Season with a little salt and pepper. I used tongs to toss the kale with the scallions and garlic. Saute until the kale is wilted and cooked through.

Transfer kale mixture to a bowl. Add the feta, parmesan cheese and parsley and mix to combine. Taste the mixture now and adjust seasoning by adding more salt and pepper if needed. Once seasoned to your liking, add the beaten egg and stir until combined.

Cut circles out of the pie dough and fit into muffin tin. I find it easiest to push down from the edges of the circle so the thickness of the pie dough stays the same. If you push down in the middle of the dough it will stretch thin in places. Prick bottom of pie dough with a fork.

Divide the kale mixture evenly between the 12 pies. Top with extra pie dough if you want, or leave it as an open face pie. Bake for 25-30 minutes, check at 25 minutes.
Enjoy!
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2 thoughts on “Mini Pies for Pi Day!

  1. Looks delicious!

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