Pie for Dinner?

If you shy away from making homemade pies because of the crust (it can be tricky and there’s all that rolling) you are in for a treat. Meet the “impossible pie.”

Impossible pies are quick, easy and very family-friendly. But what is it that makes them seemingly impossible? The crust starts out as almost liquid; you pour it over the top of the pie and then somehow in the baking process the crust finds its way to the bottom and turns into a fabulously delicious pie.

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All of the recipes that follow call for “Master Mix,” which is our homemade version of Bisquick. You’ll find the recipe for Master Mix below.

Impossible Lasagna Pie

Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup small curd cottage cheese (not non-fat)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Bisquick or Master Mix (see recipe below)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Grease a 9-inch pie pan that is at least 1 1/4-inches deep.
  3. Cook beef in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until brown; drain.
  4. Layer cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese in pie plate.
  5. Add 1 cup mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning and tomato paste to the beef; stir until blended.
  6. Spoon evenly over top of the cheeses in pie plate.
  7. Stir together Master Mix, water, salt, pepper and eggs in a bowl until blended.
  8. Pour into pie plate.
  9. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  11. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
  12. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if desired.
Notes

Optional: If you have some spaghetti sauce on hand, heat it in the microwave to serve with this pie.

Impossible Quesadilla Pie

Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chilies, well drained
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh
  • cilantro or parsley
  • 3/4 cup Bisquick or Master Mix (see recipe below)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 eggs
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Grease a 9-inch pie plate that is at least 1 1/4-inches.
  3. Spread chilies, cheese and cilantro into pie plate.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together Master Mix, water and eggs until blended.
  5. Pour into pie plate.
  6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with salsa.

Impossible Oktoberfest Pie

Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound fully cooked bratwurst (about 3), cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 8-ounce can sauerkraut, drained (1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (4 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup Bisquick or Master Mix (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup regular or nonalcoholic beer
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Grease a 9-inch pie pan that is at least 1 1/4-inches deep.
  3. Spread the bratwurst, sauerkraut and cheese in the pie plate.
  4. In a bowl stir together Master Mix, water, beer and eggs until well blended.
  5. Pour into pie plate.
  6. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Impossible French Apple Pie

Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Pie:
  • 3 large apples, peeled and sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Bisquick or Master Mix (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • Streusel:
  • 1/2 cup Bisquick or Master Mix (see recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325 F.
  2. Grease 9-inch pie plate.
  3. Stir together apples, cinnamon and nutmeg; turn into pie plate.
  4. Place Master Mix, sugar, water, butter and eggs in a bowl and stir until blended.
  5. Pour into pie plate.
  6. To make Streusel, stir together ingredients until crumbly.
  7. Sprinkle Streusel over pie.
  8. Bake 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Master Mix

Ingredients
  • 5 pounds all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups dry milk
  • 3/4 cup double acting baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 2/3 cups solid vegetable shortening
Instructions
  1. Sift dry ingredients together.
  2. Cut in shortening until mix looks like cornmeal.
  3. Store at room temperature in a covered container like Tupperware.
  4. Makes 30 cups
Notes

NOTE ABOUT PIE PLATES: Pie plates vary in size from one manufacturer to another. If you use a pie plate that is too small, the pie will run over while baking. It’s better to err on the side of a larger pie plate. The size is usually marked on the bottom of the pie plate, but if it’s not marked, measure from inside rim to inside rim.

QUESTION: What is your favorite savory pie recipe? Share it here.

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13 replies
  1. Rhonda
    Rhonda says:

    Can any of these be made ahead in individual portions? Like in muffin wrappers or something equivalent? And how long could they be stored?

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  2. Mary
    Mary says:

    Italian Zucchini Pie

    Ingredients

    4 cups thinly sliced unpeeled zucchini
    1 cup chopped onion
    1/2 cup butter
    2 eggs, whisked together
    8 ounce package shredded mozzarella or colby/jack cheese
    1 Tbsp. dried parsley
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
    8 ounce can Pillsbury crescent rolls , or 1 pie crust
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

    Instructions

    Cook zucchini and onion in butter for about 10 minutes in large skillet. Remove from heat. Blend eggs, cheese & spices, & stir mixture into vegetables. Place dough in ungreased 9 inch pie pan and press over bottom and up sides. Spread dough with Dijon mustard. Pour vegetable mixture into crust. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until browned. Best eaten warm.

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  3. Sheri Parker
    Sheri Parker says:

    Savory pie options at our home is anything that starts with tender cooked meat already in a gravy. Mix two cups of heated meat and gravy in with about a cup of frozen veggies like carrots, onions or peas OR leftover cooked savory veggies without any liquid OR precooked/drained cubed potatoes. Blend meat, gravy and veggies well then add to the unbaked pie crust. Cover with either another unbaked pie crust or unbaked biscuits and bake until golden brown on a cookie sheet with sides at about 425. You’re only baking the topping and heating through the contents. May take 20 to 25 minutes.

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  4. Mary Hunt
    Mary Hunt says:

    Hi Everyone! I’m hearing from lots of people today about these cool pie entrees. I’d say there’s going to be a lot of “impossible pie making” going tonight around the country. Which one looks the yummiest to you?

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  5. Kim Bush
    Kim Bush says:

    Impossible Tuna Pie
    I can Tuna drained
    1 cup shredded sharp American cheese
    1 8oz package cream cheese cut up
    1/4 cup sliced green onion
    3/4 tsp. salt
    2 cups milk
    1 cup baking mix (master mix)
    4 eggs
    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 10″ pie plate. Mix tuna, cheeses and onion in pie plate. Beat remaining ingredients in blender (15 seconds) or 1 minute with hand mixer. Pour over tuna cheese mixture. Bake 35-40 minutes until knife inserted in centers comes out clean.

    I also use the same recipe for Impossible Breakfast Pie, swapping the tuna for bacon, sausage or ham.

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    • Mary Hunt
      Mary Hunt says:

      Good ones, Kimberlee. I love tuna noodle casserold (a throw back to my childhood, I guess), so your tuna rendition sounds quite promising. Gotta try it soon!

      Reply
  6. Terri
    Terri says:

    does “dry milk” mean dry milk powder from the co-op or health food store? or nonfat dry milk available at the grocery store?

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    • Mary Hunt
      Mary Hunt says:

      Terri … Just regular powdered milk in a box from the grocery. Carnation is one brand, but I use the store brand, which is much cheaper.

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