We heard from your Valentine. This year they want pie.
Jambalaya Pot Pie from Paul’s Pot Pies
Maybe your Valentine isn’t into sweets. We’ve got the answer. A savory pie! Every day the freezer shelves at the Paul’s Pot Pies locations in Marietta and Kennesaw offer a dozen varieties of savory pies ranging from Beef Stroganoff and Classic Chicken to Vegetarian and Sloppy Joe. All are encased in Paul Lubertazzi’s signature pie crust, so flaky you might think it was puff pastry. For Valentine’s Day, Lubertazzi suggests you treat your sweetheart to a Jambalaya Pot pie, a just-spicy-enough mix of shrimp, chicken, sausage, bell peppers, onions and rice. The pies are sold frozen and you can bake them either frozen or thawed. Directions are on the website. Or they’ll bake to order if you call ahead. Then you can pick it up hot out of the oven. But we think nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like the smell of a hot pie fresh out of your own oven.
$25 to $33 per 10-inch pie, $7.50 to $11 per 6-inch pie. Available at Paul’s Pot Pies, 10 Mill Street, Marietta and 2750 Jiles Road, Kennesaw. paulspotpies.com/#
Cherry pie from Southern Baked Pie Company
Amanda Dalton Wilbanks says Valentine’s Day is one of her favorite holidays and this year she suggests you treat your sweetheart to a bright red, tart-and-sweet, luscious cherry pie. With its all-butter sugar-sprinkled crust, lattice top and traditional filling made from sour cherries, her pie is as delicious as any you remember from your childhood. The shops will also have heart-shaped cherry hand pies if you want a smaller treat. Or buy her cookbook, “Southern Baked: Celebrating Life with Pie,” and recreate her romantic Valentine’s Day menu of bacon-wrapped beef filets, scalloped potatoes, Roma tomato tart and Parmesan-herb pie crackers. If your sweetheart is a pie pastry fan, they’re going to love this dinner and the other ideas you’ll find in the cookbook. The cherry pie will be available in the shops starting February 11. You can pre-order your pie by calling 404-263-0656.
On the website: 10-inch Valentine’s Day cherry pie or 4-pack of 5-inch cherry pies $39.95. In the shops, 10-inch cherry pie is $35 and 5-inch pie is $9.95. “Southern Baked: Celebrating Life with Pie” by Amanda Dalton Wilbanks is $24.95. Shops in Buckhead, Alpharetta and Gainesville. southernbakedpie.com
Chocolate Chess and Salted Honey Pies from Crave Pie Studio
Your honey deserves a Salted Honey pie from Crave Pie Studio. Or maybe your sweetheart craves chocolate and needs a Chocolate Chess pie? Briana Carson, owner and “PiEvangelist” of Crave Pie Studio has been baking and serving pie out of her shop in downtown Duluth since 2012. For Valentine’s Day she was torn between these two favorites - both variations on a traditional Southern chess pie. Her incredibly flaky crust is the foundation for the smooth fillings. The Salted Honey is deeply honey flavored and the sprinkle of sea salt on the top provides just the right counterpoint to the rich filling. Chocolate Chess tastes like the classic it is with a filling that appears to be the love child of chocolate mousse and a chocolate truffle. Crave Pie Studio also sells premade pie pastry if you want to bake a special pie at home.
$26 per 10-inch pie, $6.50 per 5-inch pie, $12 per pound of frozen pie pastry available at Crave Pie Studio, 3107 Main Street, Duluth. 678-485-7198. cravepie.com/. $5 per 4-inch pies available at The Beehive,1250 Caroline Street, Atlanta and through Fresh Harvest, freshharvestga.com/. During farmers market season, pies are available at Brookhaven and Suwanee markets, and year ‘round at the Vickery Village Farmers Market.
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