Apple Cheddar Pie with #Bacon and Rosemary #recipe

October 4, 2012

Cooking

I find Top Chef Canada to be a culinarily (is that a word?) inspiring show.  Last season, one of the most delicious creations yet was presented.  Depending on where you grew up, cheddar cheese may be a natural accompaniment to your apple pie.  Why not put it IN the pie?  And while you are at it, add bacon.  I will give you a moment to contemplate the awesomeness of this flavour combination.

Now, let’s begin.

  • 1 box Tenderflake deep dish pie crust
  • 4 cups sliced baking apples (I used Honeycrisp because that’s what my parent’s friends have available)
  • 5 pieces of bacon, fried not quite to the crisp stage and finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded, the sharper the better
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp rosemary, finely ground
  • 3-5 dashes hickory smoke

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Peel, core and slice the apples into a large bowl or measuring cup.

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Chop up your bacon into delicious bite size pieces.  I did not render all of the fat out of mine.  This year’s growing season has been particularly dry and the pie filling will need some fat and moisture.

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Dump all the ingredients in a bowl and give it a good mix around.

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Then pile the ingredients all nice and high into the bottom pie shell.

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I bought this gizmo the other day.  It cuts pretty shapes into the top of pie crusts.  One side is maple leaves.

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The other side is apples.  I used the cut outs to add depth and dimension to my pie.  Also, I am too cheap to just throw them out and too lazy to re-roll them into something else.

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Look at all that yumminess, peaking out at you.  Give the top an egg wash.  This will add sheen and make sure the cut outs stay in place.

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Bake just over an hour or until a knife stuck through one of the cut out holes yields fully cooked apples.

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I haven’t quite figured out what would make a good accompaniment to this pie.  I am thinking creme fraiche might be it.  The right ice cream would probably work.

What do you think would be the best side to this pie?

 

Disclosure:  I was supplied with pie crust by Maple Leaf Foods to make this dish.  All opinions, however, are honest and my own.

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2 Comments on “Apple Cheddar Pie with #Bacon and Rosemary #recipe”

  1. trkingmomoe Says:

    I have that cust cutout also and I love it. Your pie looks nice. I never thought to add bacon to apple pie. I bet that is good.

  2. Candace Says:

    You had me at bacon 😉 Looks divine.

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