Boston is a pie development think tank, particularly when great minds assemble to discuss the trifecta of Pi/Pie Day. According to Master/Master’s sage friend Cori, Pi/Pie Day embraces Math, Education and Eating. Amidst a soundtrack of pie inspired tunes, and a kitchen table dressed in its pie best, a bakers dozen of pie enthusiasts gathered to enjoy, analyze and consume. The majority of the pie plates held sweet offerings- a delicious chocolate chip creation was painstakingly decorated with chips forming the Pi sign. Another captured the flavors of the classic Girl Scout Samoa cookies. Strawberry Rhubarb and Drew’s Wild Nut Pie were eyeing the half gallon container of vanilla ice cream. Where to begin?
Armed with a chef’s knife of terrifying proportions, I began to slice. The one savory pie in the group was hot out of the oven. Brilliantly crafted using store bought biscuits to form the crust, it tempted with spinach, onions and mozzarella cheese. I dubbed it Lightening Pizza Pie- ready in a flash. As we sat, balancing plates and musing on crusts, it was interesting to learn that for many in the room, this marked their initial foray into pie making. When questioned, it appeared that the most daunting part of the process was the crust. Which made the idea of using biscuits all the more inspired.
Steering the conversation towards flavor trends, we all agreed there’s a good bit of bacon and maple going on in the food world, bordering on overkill. But the general consensus among the crowd assembled for 3.14.15 seated beneath the Pie-Oh-My banner was bacon and maple has its place. Particularly when feeling fragile on the heels of a festive evening, or an all day event such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Southie. So here it is, inspired by the Upstairs Girls of Harvard Street with superlative input from the Pi/Pie Day socialites.
You can certainly omit the hash brown (sweet potato and onion) component, but if you happen to have some spuds and onion hanging around following a Trader Joe’s run, by all means bring them to the biscuit party. I would be remiss without offering heartfelt thanks to Kayleigh, Meagan, Amanda and Kat for being the hostesses with the mostess. And shout out to Allston who knows all about merrymaking and to Master/Master for bringing great folks together.
Check out the recipe for Hangover Morning Biscuits.
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