Move over cheese and crackers
You know how when you roll out a pie crust you have all those scraps leftover and you are not sure what to do with them. Should you save the dough? Toss it? Sometimes I will roll it back into a ball, wrap and place in the refrigerator, then simply forget about it till weeks later.
So, I decided to come up with some fun ways to use those scraps lying around. I figure either you worked so hard preparing a homemade pie crust or if using refrigerator version, it’s just so good not to waste right?
I have a great idea for you!
Introducing pie dippers, a great alternative in using that leftover dough and getting another great way to enjoy that buttery crust.
Here are two fun ways I like to use leftover pie dough scraps:
- Make small cuts outs to garnish a pie (you can see how I did this with my blueberry crostata)
- Cut the scraps into shapes and bake or fry for a unique snack.
Pie dippers are so good and you can eat them just like a pie, but dip the crust into a fruit filling or even a cream filling for a really easy and delicious snack. You can use any cutters for these and specialize them according to the season. Here below I just used small circles and fall leaves.
Baked or Fried
You can bake-off the pie crust cut-outs or fry them till lightly browned in vegetable oil. Much like a doughnut. Drain them well and sprinkle with a little sugar or cinnamon sugar mixture after you remove them from the oil.
This is almost like a deconstructed pie of some sorts where just like cheese and crackers, you are using any kind of fruit couli or filling as your “cheese.” I used strawberry here which is one of my favorites.
If you need a recipe for an easy strawberry couli or sauce, check it out here. You can substitute other fruits for the strawberries in the recipe.
Some other ideas you can use for your dipping sauces are:
Whipped plain or flavored cream cheeses
I particularly love the caramel and chocolate sauce. They remind me of a favorite restaurant where beignets are served with these sauces. It’s equally as delicious with these fried pie dough dippers.