I did it. I put a whole barbecue meal inside a pie. And it was cosmically awesome. First there’s a layer of pulled pork drenched in a Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce, then comes a hearty dose of homemade stove top Mac & Cheese, and finally some nice collard greens. All together. Surrounded by flaky, crusty, buttery, wonderful pie dough. Every bite was monumental.
I liked choosing which of the four components to spear with my fork and eat together.
Getting a bite that included a bit of everything was the best, though. This is the pie cut in half.
Cheesy, leafy, gooey, sweet, tangy, meaty strata. Oh yes. It’s wicked. And you can make it yourself. Or if you just want to eyeball more photos, feel quite free to do so.
So last time I food blogged I enthused over homemade French bread. Hopefully I convinced you to give it a shot. If not, I have another convincing reason: bread pudding. You can make bread pudding with the leftovers. :) You know how most recipes for bread pudding say something nearly exactly like: “You can use day-old bread for this recipe. In fact, it turns out better with slightly stale bread.” Perhaps this is an established fact, but I have just one problem with it. I almost never have stale bread. Good fresh bread gets eaten. Quickly. Sometimes with butter and honey. Sometimes in a sandwich. Sometimes I even take a moment to chew it before I swallow it whole. («hyperbole). There just is never enough good bread, so how am I supposed to wait around until it dries out a touch?
But the great thing about the French bread recipe I shared is that it makes a LOT of bread. Excellent, right? Enough that it was impossible for the two of us to devour in two days. Who new? So bread pudding it is!
I was cleaning/sorting/organizing this week and I came upon a list I wrote several years ago of things I needed to get done before our wedding. Wanna read it?
- get boxes
- hem dress
- clean & vacuum & dust room
- get pictures off wall (check)
- plan farewell dinner (check)
- thank you cards
- balance check book (check)
- go to LA fitness (check)
- get car painted
- buy car battery
- get haircut (check)
- buy lipgloss
Interesting that I didn’t get everything checked off, but I do think I did get it all done. Don’t I sound like a young (lipgloss), yet responsible (car battery) bride? I was. If 22 is young to wed, that is.
And now I’m still responsible, baking French bread and all. Sorry folks, the segue here is iceberg lettuce thin. Let’s just go with it and move onto what we’re all here for anyway, drooling over carbs.
So a couple days ago I mentioned how we made our first batch of kimchi. Results are in—it’s fantastic. I’m very happy about it, because while making it, I was up to my wrists in a spicy fish sauce concoction, trying to coat it on all the cabbage leaves. Worth it.