Pies are HOT, with fabulous, ultra-creative fillings and styles from hand-held to hearty main-dish meals. Julie Hinderks from the Pillsbury Kitchens created exclusive new recipes for Pillsbury.com based on the biggest and best pie trends. From cookie-stuffed pies to cocktail pies, we're taking a classic to a whole new place. (Just so you know, we put a star next to Julie's very favorites, so you might want to try those first.)
Food with a kick is the rage. Blending cocktails into recipes is super trendy, and Julie jumped on this with four fab recipes, all easy, gorgeous, make-ahead and to-die-for delicious. These are fun for summer, but we can see them sliding into your menu all year long.
Cupcakes are so last year. But their portability and possibilities for customizing totally work in hand-held desserts that have a fun pie filling and pie crust wrapper. Not to mention it's the dessert-lover's dream come true: pie and cake in the same bite.
A new idea back in the '60s, this retro trend is back in a big way, for good reason: Slab pies are easy to make, easy to serve, they satisfy a crowd and they showcase the filling (nothing on top to hide it). We've freshened up the latest craze with super-simple, 5-ingredient versions and a how-to to make it even easier.
Food in a Food
You've seen the turducken on food TV, in gourmet markets and high-end restaurants -- a turkey stuffed with chicken and duck. The food-stuffed-food trend is huge, with cookie-stuffed cookies leading the way (cookie dough with a cookie inside). Now it's pie's turn, with cookie stuffed pies (does ANYTHING sound better than that?).
Cross pot pie with pasta and you get the latest savory pie craze. Makes sense. Pasta is a budget-friendly family fave. Our new recipes take it a step further with an edible cup that holds a classic pasta filling. Now it's transportable, easy to heat up for an after-school snack and super easy to make ahead and freeze.
Individual Pot Pies
The ultimate comfort food is now moving toward smaller, portion-controlled servings. Our free-form new versions don't even need a pie plate. Adding a little mashed potato to the filling not only makes it heartier, but it keeps the filling from overflowing. Smart.
Mini Ice Cream Pies
Little is huge in pie trends, and ice cream pies are soaring with their make-ahead ease and options for individualizing. Our new recipes are takes on family favorites like coconut-almond candy bars and orange ice cream pops.
No, it's not ice cream, but tagging onto the mini pies craze are a new creation, Pie Poppers
. The bite-size pies are customizable, portable, portion-controlled, lunch-box friendly, freezeable and best of all, totally fun.