I Won The Christiansburg Heritage Day Pie Bake Off

This past Saturday we attended the Christiansburg Heritage Day Festival. It’s held annually at The Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center late August and is a great community event. This year there were tents with arts and crafts, black smith demos, quilting demos, rug hooking demos and one dedicated to bee keeping. Several tents were set up by their gorgeous gardens for the largest silent auction they have ever had. Local musicians played in the gazebo on the back lawn and people set up their lawn chairs and enjoyed music throughout the afternoon. There was even a giant LEGO pit with thousands of LEGOs for the kids. Four years ago they added a pie bake off to the festivities with three categories to be judged, sweet, savory and kids. The first year of the bake off I entered my Two Grandmothers Pecan Pie. The winner of the sweet was a beautiful apple pie with an apple shaped cutout in the center of the crust. The second year I entered my Apple Sausage Cheddar Quiche. That year the savory category was won by a cheese and spinach pie in a filo dough crust. We didn’t get to Heritage Day last year so no pie contest for me but this year I was ready with a new recipe. I guess the third time really is the charm. The overall grand prize winner this year was “drum roll please” … my Bacon Onion Cheddar in a Hash Brown Crust.

3-4 cups (three big handfuls) frozen country hash brown potatoes

1/2 stick (4 TBS) butter melted

1/2 pound of meaty bacon cut in small pieces or 1/2 pound Italian sauasge

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 cup shredded cheese (I prefer cheddar)

4 eggs

1/2 cup milk

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450. Put the hash browns in a Pyrex bowl and nuke a minute or 2 until they are thawed. Toss in the butter and mix well. Press the potato and butter mixture into a 9 inch pie plate forming the crust. Bake at 450 for 25 minutes. While the crust is baking cook the pieces of bacon in a large saute pan. If you are substituting sausage break it up as it cooks forming small pieces. Drain off the fat. Push the bacon (sausage) to the side and saute the onions until translucent. Pour bacon (sausage) and onions into the baked hash brown crust. Sprinkle the cheese over the meat and onions. Beat the eggs and milk well. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the cheese. Lower the oven to 350 and bake 30 minutes.

Bon Appétit



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