Pie Crust Recipe

Here’s our pro caterer’s pie crust “recipe” - see what you think:

Never, not once, have we make pie crust from scratch for a catered event. There just isn’t time. I do it at home, but not for our customers. Sure, homemade is better - but to turn out hundreds of pies...forget about it.

Instead, we buy pie dough frozen, in disposable pie pans and in bulk. We can make sheet pan pies, using dough frozen in sheets, which can be as large as a sheet pan (18” x 26”). Or we get dough in smaller sizes.

The frozen dough that is pre-made in disosable aluminum pie pans is probably what’s available to you at your grocery store. Be sure to get the “deep dish” style, and 10” in diameter.

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Portions/Servings This recipe will feed 8 - 12 people, a total of one pie.
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Frozen Pie Shells, deep dish” style, 10” in diameter.

(Get twice the shells for your number of pies,
so if you’re serving 6 pies, buy 12 shells.)

You will find that these shells are available in several different kinds, even kosher. If you can’t find what you want, ask your grocer to special order some.


So why two shells? You’re going to use one shell for the pie’s bottom crust, and the other shell for the top crust - (if you are doing pies with a top crust.)

Here’s how: First, have the top shell completely defrosted. Then, have your pie filling in its (lower) shell, ready to bake.

Dip your finger in some water and run it around the edge of the lower pie shell. Then carefully flip the thawed crust upside down onto your pie. Take time and press the edges of the upper crust into the edges of the lower crust, making a seal.

Trim off the excess crust with a sharp knife, and cut decorative holes in the upper crust if needed - so easy. Maybe this isn't the pie crust recipe you were looking for, but people love our pies. Your guests will love your too!

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