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Savory Hand Pies for the Boys

November 25th, 2009

My Savory Hand PiesMy sons were off from school this week due to parent teacher conferences. Ah, what a week to have the boys underfoot!

So, yesterday, we decided to head down to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, which is located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. After a stroll through the exhibits, I took the boys over to The Elliott Bay Book Company around the corner.  We poked around and purchased three nice books. But, it was the Elliott Bay Cafe, located downstairs, that intrigued the boys. They hadn’t eaten for a whole two hours, so they thought it was time for a little sustenance.

Downstairs, we ambled over to the pastry counter where my older son immediately wanted a Hand Pie.  Will loves calzones and stuffed pastries so this savory pastry was right up his alley. Stuffed with Italian sausage, pepper, provolone, and some scrambled egg, Will thought it would make a great midmorning snack. We asked to have it heated and after the first bite, he was begging for a second order. 

I obliged and soon realized that the two pies set me back nearly  $11. I don’t mind paying for quality, but with an adolescent boy inhaling the artwork in one or two bites, I realized I’d better have a taste and learn to replicate them at home. When I paid for the second pie, I asked about the crust (cream cheese pastry I was told) and about the contents ( egg, sausage, peppers, provolone for today, I was told).

This morning, I attempted the replication. Indeed, I was able to do it, and Will declared my hand pies on the mark. I had made my favorite cream cheese pastry recipe last night.  This morning, I removed the casing from two Italian sausages and browned the meat in a pan. I added some finely diced pepper and two beaten eggs. This was set aside for a few minutes to cool while I rolled out the pastry dough into five-inch disks.  The cooled filling went onto one side of the disk. I folded over the pastry, crimped the edge, and brushed it with beaten egg.  Then I baked the pies on a baking sheet for about 15 to 20 minutes at 400 F.  Quick and easy.  A snack really…

I think I’ll be making more hand pies in the near future. They are such a nice way to use up those odd bits and bobs that accumulate in the fridge…

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