Getting Ahead of the Game… Prepare Your Pie Shells in Advance and Freeze them!

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With the holidays coming up, it is easy to feel a bit overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. I try not to. In fact, I usually only list the things that i can do, and get to the other things when the other one are accomplished, or I would go crazy trying to do it all at once.

Well for those of you who may need to bring a little something to a Holiday Gathering, I suggest to bring some tartlets. They are usually easy to make, cook in a dash and can be prepared in advance.

For example, here, you could prepare and cook the pie shells in advance and freeze them in a ziploc bag until you are ready to use them.

Ingredients for 45 mini tartlets:

  • 1 pack of pie crust ( it can be a generic brand)
  1. Turn the oven to 400.
  2. Place the mini tartlet on top of a perforated sheet ( it will cook more evenly).
  3. Unroll your roul’pat on your counter and roll out the pie crust.
  4. With a pie crust cutter of 2 1/4″, cut the crust into small pie
  5. Place the pie shells onto the mini tartlet pan and with a shaper, press the pie crust down so that it will take the form of the pan.
  6. With a fork, puncture the pie crust so that a ” bubble” will not form at the bottom when it is baking. Set 1

6. Place some porcelain beads, or dry pinto beans in each pie shell so that they will stay flat and you will be able to fill more filling.

7. Cook the shells for 13-15 minutes or until they are a golden brown.

8. Let them cool completely and freeze them until you are ready to use.

You will not be able to make savory tartlets as the pie shell is baked at the same time as the filling, but with empty shells you can do so so much:

  • Lemon pies
  • Chocolate Pies
  • Fruit pies
  • Pecan Pies
  • Great Medium to present Chicken, Tuna or even Egg Salad

I like to use those pie shells to offer vegetable to my buffet as it is always a challenge to offer vegetables. For example, I like to dice some chopped tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil and present it in those pie shells. Chopped Caesar Salad can also be presented in those shells.

I hope that those tips will help you with your next event. Until next time, I wish you

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

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