Oyster and Bacon Pie
- 1/2 pound bacon, chopped
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 2 cups milk
- 2 dozen shucked oysters, drained well
- 1 recipe Basic Savory Pie Crust, recipe follows
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, to form a medium brown roux the color of peanut butter, about 5 minutes. Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, salt, cayenne and black pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables are wilted and brown, about 8 minutes. Add the bay leaves, parsley, green onions, garlic, and milk. Stir well to combine and cook, stirring often, until the mixture is thick and creamy, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the oysters and the reserved bacon. Fold into the mixture and cook until the edges of the oysters curl, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaves. Set mixture aside to cool completely before proceeding.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 of the disks of dough to a thickness of 1/8-inch. Carefully transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie plate. Pour the oyster mixture into the crust. Rub the edges of the pie crust with a little water. Roll out the second disk of dough and place this on top of the oyster mixture. Trim the top and bottom edges so that they just overhang the pie plate, then decoratively crimp together the top and bottom crusts to form a raised edge. Make several slashes in the top of the piecrust with a sharp knife. Place the pie on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is heated through.
Cool for a few minutes before slicing into wedges to serveBasic Savory Pie Crust:
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cold lard or solid vegetable shortening
4 to 5 tablespoons ice water
Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the lard and work it in with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, working it in with your hands. Add only as much as you need to make a smooth ball of dough. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place it on a lightly floured surface. For 2 crusts, cut the dough in 2 and put the second half back in the refrigerator. For each crust, roll the dough out on the floured surface into a circle about 12 inches in diameter and 1/8 inch thick. Gently fold the circle of dough in half and then in half again so that you can lift it without tearing it, and unfold into a 9-inch pie pan. Fill and proceed as directed in the recipe.
Yield: 2 (9-inch) pie crusts
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