Thursday, November 11, 2010

Review: Trader Joe's Premade Pie Crust...Worth the Shortcut??


Autumn and pie are good buddies. But what if you can't make a pie crust to save your life? What if you can make a killer pie crust but are too busy to do so (cleaning the food processor afterwards...bla.)? At $3.99, the Trader Joe's pre made pie crust comes in a package of two and claims to be made without any preservatives, transfats, and so forth, but how good can it be?

Mission: Use said pre-made pie crust to make a chicken pot pie.

Process: Made the inside recipe from Pioneer Woman's book (the link here is to her Turkey Pot Pie recipe, which works for the upcoming holiday, but just switch out the turkey for chicken and there you go). It came out delicious, but a little to viscus (I'll cook the filling longer than she recommended next time). Rolled out the premade pie dough, put it on top, placed the pie on a cookie sheet for ease of movement in and out of the oven. The pie crust had broken, but was easily rolled back together again.

Conclusion: Color and texture of crust came out perfectly. Lacking a bit in salt when eaten by itself, but mixed with the inside of the chicken pot pie, it tasted good.

Pass or Fail: Pass with a B+ over all, big points for making the process of pie making much easier and more accessible, minus points for a certain lack of flavor of homemade.

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