I don’t usually share my recipe failures. It’s embarrassing. I’ve been cooking for most of my life. I have a degree in food science and nutrition. I’m supposed to know what I’m doing.
I needed a pie pastry for the big pot pie I was planning for tonight’s dinner. I don’t make pot pie very often, or any pies very often. Pie pastry has way too much fat to make it a regular part of our diet. But I had a bunch of leftovers…
There was delicious leftover stew in the freezer. I might have just reheated the stew for dinner, but one family member doesn’t like stew, and we just had it a few weeks ago.
I had some leftover green beans from last night’s dinner, but two family members don’t like green beans.
There was also a little bit of leftover potatoes and onions and a bit of corn.
I decided to make it all into a big pot pie, because I can get away with serving just about anything if I put it between pit crust.
The pie dough was way too soft and sticky, but I had the filling ready and decided to use it anyway. I pressed it into the 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Since there was no way to roll it out, I dropped little pieces onto the top until it was covered.
In the oven it went.
While it baked, I was thinking about what might have gone wrong. Just before it was time to take it out of the oven, it occurred to me that I had made a mistake in my mental math. Oh! No wonder the dough was so soft!
Fortunately, it was still edible, and even with the recipe mistake, I could tell that other changes would be needed to get the result I want.
I’ll share the recipe when I get it right.