Why I Love This Recipe
-This recipe was one of my grandmas most popular recipes that she made. Now my family now makes it to carry on the tradition, now that she has paced away.
Don’t you just love being with family for the holidays? Don’t you also just love baking on a beautiful Christmas Eve day? Well if you do like both of these things, then what could be better than doing both of these at the same time? My story is mostly about being with my grandma and how we would always make memories together.
It was December 24, 2004 on a frigid winter day. “Ring, ring, ring,” goes the doorbell as I vigorously hit it. “Hi Thomas,” my grandma would always say as she answered the door to their house. “Hi Grandma Tess,” I replied with a big grin on my face because I was so excited to make the pie. She let us in the house and we got right to business on making the pie. But before we did anything, I would go into the dining room where my grandpa would always be sitting and I would always give him a firm handshake and sit down and talk to him. I did not see my grandparents very much, but when I did, it was a definite treat. They are so important to me and I love them so much and don’t see them that often so when I do see them it automatically puts a big smile on my face.
The reason why my grandma always made potato pie every year was because she has been making it her whole life from when she was a kid all the way up until she passed away. She learned it from her parents from Slovakia. But, everybody used to make this recipe when she was a kid. And another reason why she made it every year was because as a kid, the stuff you needed to make potato pie was cheap and had a lot of calories which means it keeps you full for a while. But this meal was cheap and easy to make for the whole family, but the biggest thing was that it tasted amazing. Nothing beats a cheap meal that tastes delicious. Potato pie is just one of those foods that once you try it, you will for sure never forget it. It has such a distinct and good flavor that you can’t get enough. I am happy that my grandma made this because if I had never known about this recipe, then I would so fewer memories of my grandma because while we made this together, we would make so many memories.
Finally I asked my grandma “Grandma Tess, can please start on the potato pie?” “Sure,” she said in reply. So, just like every year that we made this recipe, my sister and I would shred the specifically sharp cheddar cheese, while my grandma Tess got all the other ingredients. Once we had everything together and were ready to start cooking, we would wash our hands so the food would not have any germs on it. Once we do that, then we have to measure all the ingredients to the pies because it was not like we just made one pie, we had to make at least eight for all my dad’s brothers and sisters. The reason why we made that much was because my dad had four sisters and four brothers not including him. So once my sister and I were done shredding the cheese, we would start making the delicious delights I was so mesmerized by how she would mold the crust to the pie tray. And once we pulled the steaming delight out of the oven, we would wrap it up so it would not go bad before Christmas morning when we would deliver them to our family members. Then we went in the living room and sat down for a break and we watched some TV. Usually there is some kind of good show or movie on before the day of Christmas. And we would have a slice of pie and eat it in our own peace of the living room.
This is just one of the few memories that I have with my grandma. I don’t really know why, but this time making the pie with her was member able. As much as I want to make more pies with her, she has passed. But that is why my dad, mom, sister, and I carry on the tradition of making this every year. And even though ours might not be exactly like my grandmas, whenever I have some or see some, I think of her and how many memories we had together as such a joyful family together we are.
Submitted by: "Tom Y"
Ingredients You'll Need
-10 medium sized peeled potatoes
-8 8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese
-2 tsp. of salt
-1 tsp. of black pepper
-bread dough (enough for 5 pie tins, also the bread dough must be risen)
-First you must peel the potatoes.
-Then gently rinse the potatoes off.
-Next you cut the potatoes into evenly sliced pieces.
-You will then shred all the extra sharp cheese into a large bowl. --Then you will boil them in water in a 3 quart pot until they are soft.
-Then drain all the water and place the pot back onto the heat to remove moisture. Then mash the potatoes until they are lumpy. ---Then you want to mix in the cheese, 1 egg, salt, and pepper until blended.
-(Mashed potatoes but not whipped)Then you will let the ingredients cool for an hour.
-You will then grease five 9 inch pie tins with Crisco.
-Now you will separate the bread dough into five different pieces and you will roll out the bread dough to an 8th inch thick.
-(Use flour) And the rolled out dough must be big enough to cover the entire pie tin.
-Cut off the extra bread dough.
-Then pinch the end of the dough to make a decorative crust along the inside edge of the pie tin.
-Evenly distribute the mix into the 5 pie tins and smooth out evenly. Paint the top of the pies and the crusts edge with other egg.
-You will then preheat oven to 375 degrees.
-Then you will bake the pies for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
-Then let pies cool down.
-You can then cut it into slices of your choice.
-Then you are able to serve cold or warm as a dessert or appetizer.
-This recipe is made for 5 pies.
- Family recipe