Hey, is your refrigerator running?
Well, um...no. Not exactly.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and my on-the-frtiz refrigerator is proof of this. The freezer kind of works, so we've not gone totally pioneer, but at the same time I'm trying to eat up as much of the food in the freezer as possible before the repair guys come later this week.
Last night, as I pulled out a package of frozen salmon burgers, they revealed a pie crust and some frozen berries. Yum, pie. Too bad I don't want to turn on the oven. Although...hmm. Can you bake pie on a grill? Maybe if you use indirect heat? Eh, let's give it a shot.
Why, yes. Yes you can bake pie on the grill, and a very good and easy one at that. See?:
Second City Soirée's Grilled Pie
2 9" frozen pie crusts
1/4 bag frozen raspberries
1 c tart cherries, pitted (maybe more? I was improvising and didn't keep track of amounts)
2/3 c powdered sugar. (You could probably use granulated sugar and some cornstarch, but I'm out of those)
While you pit the cherries, let the frozen berries and pie crusts thaw. Toss pitted cherries in a bowl with thawed raspberries (I got impatient and microwaved mine for 30 seconds, which turned out fine). Be sure the fruit mix is drained of all water.
Mix with sugar and lemon juice to taste. I used about 1/4 of a cup of lemon juice, and it could probably stand to have more. Some lemon zest would be good, too. My lemons were already cut into wedges, so that wasn't going to happen.
Pour mixture into pie crust. It should just come to the top, and not too much higher. Cover with the second pie crust. There are instructions on the package on how to do that. Cover bottom of pie with aluminum foil, and curl foil over the edges, as shown in photo.
Put on grill heated to 350 over indirect heat for about 50 minutes. Check on it after 40 minutes and see if yours needs to go longer.
Serve with vanilla bean ice cream or real whipped cream (no "non dairy" whip please!). By the way, you don't have to use raspberries and cherries...they're just what I happened to have, but they turned out fabulous. If you want to impress your guests at your next outdoor dinner party, definitely try grilling a pie!