Savory Apple Pie

I've been thinking about pie lately. Actually, I've been thinking about baking lately (and how I should do more of it). Pies seem like one of the easiest sorts of baking to me in that they seem likely to be more amenable to improvisation.

So. Pie.

Since I'm contrary, I immediately want to subvert the pie-paradigm and make a savory pie.

"Aha," you say, thinking you have caught me in a contradiction. "Savory pies are completely ordinary. In fact, I love a good chicken pot pie."

I shake my head. You didn't let me finish. I want to make a savory pie... a savory apple pie.

Why not? Apples work well with onions and cheese. Apple pie is even served with cheddar some places.

I'm thinking an apple pie with caramelized onions and gruyere would be practically normal. I might need to make something stranger. (I also need to buy some apples.)

Ideas?

Comments

By substituting cold vodka for cold water, you can achieve a flaky yet manageable crust. The alcohol doesn't activate the gluten. I think it was Cooks Illustrated where I first saw that trick, but it seems to be everywhere now. As for fillings, why go with Gruyere when you could do a nice sharp blue or Gorgonzola?

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I was considering gorgonzola. I might still be doing so...

Vodka is essentially 40-50% alcohol and thus produces a lot less gluten. The alcohol is pretty much gone but the flakiness of the crust was fantastic.

Anyway, an apple and cheese pie sounds... interesting. I'm not a baker myself so I wouldn't attempt it, but something like blue or Gorgonzola would be a good place to start, though I'd be really wary of overwhelming the flavor. I love blue cheese but a little bit goes a long way.

I wonder if using fried apples as a pie filling might be a good start? People often cook sausages, pork chops, etc., or the like with apples and the flavors complement nicely.

(Aside: I accidentally typed "pork cops" at first. That is, of course, redundant. :)

For someone who won't eat pork, I'm not sure what a good sub might be. Perhaps turkey with plenty of bread crumbs and spices?

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