I love finding new "toys" for my kitchen. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but since he usually enjoys what is created with those toys, he doesn't complain ... too much.
I had seen a cake pop maker at one of the warehouse stores a few weeks ago and debated about getting one, but I didn't. I kept thinking I should go back and see if they were still there. As luck would have it I was going through the Target sale catalog last night and saw similar machines that make donuts and cupcakes and mini pies. I kept going back to the page with the mini pie maker and finally decided that I wanted to get a close up look at it. This morning I ran to Target and found .........
I have to say I like this red color too - just really makes you smile.
They are so easy to put together. I know you can make your own pie crust and filling, but for this experiment I used some store bought pie crust (the refrigerator kind) and some canned fruit pie filling. I wanted to see if this was basically fool proof or at least for the culinary challenged. I rolled out the pie crust (my first pass, with these below, were too thin but even these were great) to an even thin piece. I plugged in the machine and sprayed each cup (top and bottom) with Pam. While the machine heated, I cut out my crusts using the handy dandy tool provided. When the machine was ready (less than 3 minutes) I put the bottom crust dough in each well, filled the crusts with some of the canned filling,
Put the crust top on top of each filling and closed the machine. Literally 10 minutes later, I had mini apple pies.
I had a little dough left over from the 4 apple pies, so I put it all together and rolled it out again. I was able to make another pie with the leftovers. I thought I would see if you could do a savory pie just as quick and easy with leftovers from the other night. I made this dough a little thicker, mixed up a meatball with some gravy and a little onion and added that to the well, covered it with the topper and cooked that one for 10 minutes too.
I love how these look on the plate. The one on the right is the apple with the very thin crust, the one on the left is the meatball with a little thicker crust.
Even with the thicker crust (which I liked better) it was still light and tasty - not heavy or gooey.
These would make a great quick meal that would use up some leftovers and have it on the table in less than 20 minutes. And you could make dessert too!
What a way to be a star! I am so very glad I found this little gem. I know I will be using it often - even if its just to use up leftovers in a "creative" way.
If you are looking for something different for your kitchen - I definitely would vote for this one. With a $5 off coupon in the flyer and the sale, I was able to pick this one up for $20! So worth the money.
I wonder if I made a batch and froze them if I could have my very own frozen pot pies ?? Hmmmm I'm thinking that will be my next test, although being able to make these in about 15 minutes may eliminate the need to freeze them.