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Easy outdoor dessert - Grilled Pie!

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.

The result?

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!

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Reader Comments (7)

Ok...I love the way you cook!!! Lots of improvisation. The pie looks pretty yummy tho. Great idea. I love baking but hate heating up the house in the summer.

July 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Totally awesome. We will definitely be grilling a pie in the future!!

July 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheri

Very impressive, Jen! I love the whole "grilled pie" concept.

July 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYana

Wow, great idea! If the grill is already on, why get the house warm, too? And it looks delicious!

July 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenée

I could not believe how easy this was to do. We put the pie over the two off burners and grilled the Salmon Burgers on the front heated burner. After we finished dinner, we waited a little bit for the pie to finsih and then served. The key was to watch the temp on the burner, but if you and your grill are good friends, you should know how he/she behaves.

July 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Hey, Jen, that's really cool! Several years ago (2004) someone was emailing a list of things that could be cooked on the grill because power was out so long after the hurricanes! I wonder if pie was on that list? :)

July 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

WOW grilled pie! Perfect for summer. Will be grilling pizza's later this week & this might be the perfect companion :)

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaula - bell'alimento

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