Sunday, January 15, 2012

Potato Pie...Oh My!!!

With potatoes on my mind and pie dough in the freezer from a previous day, I set out to experiment with making a pie worthy of dinner but not too difficult time-wise. Voila! Sausage Potato Torte!
 The family went gaga because I taught them well that anytime you put a pie crust around dinner it's gonna rock. I served it with a simple salad. I could have used bacon like the original recipe , but didn't have any so go crazy if you prefer a different form of pig.

Sausage Potato Torte : (adapted slightly from Brown Eyed Baker)

2 pie crusts
3 german sausage, fresh, casings removed and cooked until no longer pink
3 medium baking potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup grated Swiss cheese
2/3 cup heavy cream
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
1 egg yolk, whisked with a splash of water

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Roll out the 1st pie dough to fit a large, deep dish pie plate. I sliced the potatoes very thin.  Working in circles, arrange the potato slices in the pie crust to cover the bottom. Season with salt and pepper, crumble 1/3 of the sausage over the potatoes, and add a little cheese. Repeat the layers two more times. The pan should be nearly full. Top with the remaining shredded cheese.
3. Whisk the dried thyme into the cream and slowly pour the cream around and over the entire pie, allowing it to seep down between the potato slices.
4. Roll out the remaining disk of refrigerated dough. Cover the pie with the dough and crimp the edges closed. Brush the top and edges of the crust with egg wash. Make a few slits in the center of the top crust, for the steam to escape, and put the pie pan on a baking sheet.
5. Bake the torte until the crust is browned and crispy and the potatoes are cooked through, 50 to 60 minutes. If the crust edges get too brown, cover them with some strips of aluminum foil. Remove the pie from the oven and let rest at least 15 minutes before serving.

This German girl was happy with the results!!!

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