Sweet and Savory Slab Pies to Save Your Cookout Quandaries

FNK PEACH STREUSEL SLAB PIE, Food Network Kitchen, AllpurposeFlour,Unsalted Butter, Confectioners’ Sugar, Peaches, Light Brown Sugar, Lemon,Cornstarch, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Almonds

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

There’s nothing quite like a sweet, juicy fruit pie in the summertime when an abundance of berries, stone fruits (see: Peach Streusel Slab Pie, above) and melons are at their peak. And slab pies are great for feeding a crowd — or at least a crowd of eight. If you’re entertaining a larger group, dessert can quickly become an afterthought, what with all the appetizers, side dishes, drinks and grilled mains to coordinate.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

But lest you disappoint your sweet-toothed guests, we’ve come to the rescue with desserts that easily feed an army of sweets seekers and are simple to prepare. Slab pies like this beautiful Chocolate-Cherry Lattice Pie are prepared in rimmed baking sheets as opposed to more intricate round pie dishes, so they’re double the size but require half the effort. Our recipes arm you with timesaving tricks, like using store-bought dough or press-in crusts (no rolling pins required!).

FNK COLLARDS AND CORN SLAB PIE, Food Network Kitchen, AllpurposeFlour,Parmesan Cheese, Sugar, Unsalted Butter, Parsley, White or Cider Vinegar, Collards,Andouille Sausage, Scallions, Hot Sauce, Heavy Cream, Yellow Cornmeal, Egg, BakingPowder, Cheddar Cheese

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Slab pies aren’t relegated to dessert only, though. When deep-dish casseroles are filled with savory layers and pie dough, like tomatoes and cheese or collards and corn, you’ve got side dishes that work twice as hard (they’ll double as an entree for meat abstainers).

Check out Food Network Kitchen’s sweet and savory slab pies to fuel your next cookout.

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