5 Patriotic Pies to Wow Your Friends

To quote my British coworker, “that American holiday is next week, right? …what’s it called again?” Apparently “the 4th of July” is a tough one to remember 😂

If you can remember the name or not, it’s right around the corner. Time to break out your American flag tank and whip up a red, white, and blue pie.

For those of you in the mood to be adventurous overachievers—I’ve scoured the internet for the best patriotic pie ideas. Dust off your star-shaped cutouts and get to work.

1. Seeing Stars
Patriotic Pies - Seeing stars

via The Recipe Critic

2. Red, White, and Berries

Patriotic Pies - Red, White, and Berries
via Simply Recipes

3. Star Spangled Slab

Patriotic Pies - Star Spangeled Slab pie
via Wife Mama Foodie

4. Mini Stars

Patriotic Pies - Mini star pie

via eHow

5. American Flag

Patriotic Pie - American Flag

Last but not least, one of my favorite pies of all time. And I promise it’ll be a show stopper at any BBQ.

Fine more red, white, and blue pie ideas on our Pinterest board →5 Patriotic Pies to Wow Your Friends

Friendsgiving Essentials

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We can all agree that the only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is TWO Thanksgiving dinners. So this week as everyone gets their to-do lists organized, we shall toast to the genius who created Friendsgiving.

Obviously the critical question on your Friendsgiving to-do list is: what pie am I making!? I would be seriously offended if that wasn’t your first priority.

Bourbon Pear Crumble | pieofthemonth.wordpress.com

But people also get hungry for non-pie foods (weird…), and thirsty for things that are not pie shakes (strange…), and they want to take instagram worthy pics (gosh humans are needy). So I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of Friendsgiving essentials for the overachiever in all of us.

Time to roll out the fat pants.

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Fill your plate

Friends don’t let friends get hangry.

  • The real reason I need fat pants is stuffing. If it was acceptable I’d probably eat an entire meal of the glorious dish. WOW your friends with this drool-worthy wild mushroom stuffing
  • No one says no to bacon—except maybe your one vegetarian friend—but that just means more bacon for you. Check veggies off your list with these bacon brussels sprouts. Yes, you do need these in your life right now.

Fill your glass

Drinks worthy of a toast.

Fill your already full guests

No one will judge if you eat dessert first.

Fill your camera roll

If you didn’t instagram, did it really happen?

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  • No matter which pie you choose, go all out with your pie crust: add some leaf cutouts, put something witty on top, craft a mind-blowing turkey out of dough…whatever floats your boat. Cue the impressed insta stories.
  • Note to self, take cute pics before your second helping of stuffing. Regardless, a cute banner takes your friendsgiving to the next level. Head to your nearest craft store and get to work. Stickers and pre-cut paper are your friend–or you can be a lunatic like me and cut scrapbook paper into the shape of leaves by hand (I don’t recommend it 😆).

Cheers to an epic Friendsgiving!

All-Butter Pie Crust Recipe

All-Butter Pie Crust Recipe | Pies Before Guys

Some people fully believe the crust is by far the best aspect of a pie. I was not one of those people, until I stumbled upon this dough-licious flaky butter crust recipe. I’ve been known to bake the extra scraps of crust to eat like crackers—seriously, try it.

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The secret to the perfect crust is love and patience. Word to the wise, it’s absolutely worth it to make your crust the night before you plan to bake the pie. No matter how exhausted you are Friday night after a long week of work, you will no doubt thank yourself Saturday morning when your pie crust is ready to be rolled out.

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So take a peek at our favorite All-Butter Crust recipe courtesy of the lovely Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book.

All-Butter Pie Crust

Ingredients:

For one single-crust (9- to 10-inch pie or tart)

1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1 stick (1/4 pound) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup cold water
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 cup ice

For one double-crust (9- to 10-inch pie or tart)

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp granulated sugar
2 sticks (1/2 pound) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 cup ice

Directions:

Stir the flour, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the butter pieces and coat with the flour mixture using a bench scraper or spatula. With a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture, working quickly until mostly pea-size pieces of butter remain (a few larger pieces are okay; be careful not to over blend).

In a small bowl, combine the water, cider vinegar and ice. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the ice water mixture over the flour mixture, and cut it in with a bench scraper or spatula until it is fully incorporated. Add more of the ice water mixture, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, using the bench scraper or your hands (or both) to mix until the dough comes together in a ball, with some dry bits remaining. Squeeze and pinch with your fingertips to bring all the dough together, sprinkling dry bits with more small drops of the ice water mixture, if necessary, to combine. Shape the dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight, to give the crust time to mellow. If making the double-crust version, divide the dough in half before shaping each portion into flat discs.

Wrapped tightly, the dough can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 1 month.