If you are like me, you have attempted online recipes that turned out poorly. Unfortunately, I have been drawn to pictures on Pinterest that linked to recipes — that did not turn out as planned. Regardless, I have learned a few things along the way concerning what went wrong between the beautiful Pinterest photo and the subsequent cooking disaster that I came up with.
Are Pinterest recipes bogus?
Online and in social media, there are a lot of accusations about how Pinterest is being used. For instance, the pictures are often used to link out to websites that may or may not have anything to do with the originally posted picture. Since recipes are fairly generic, this gives an advantage to people that want to avoid creating their own original content and use a form of plagiarism instead. Sadly, the field of cooking is taking several hits over recent years because of misprinted Pinterest recipes. Nevertheless, I feel it was my fault that I had a Pinterest recipe disaster. Despite this, it led me to creating a whole new set of quick and easy recipes.
My Pinterest recipe fail
Once upon a time, I saw a recipe on Pinterest for making my own chicken pot pies. Since I found many of the ones on the market to be full of chemicals I was not supposed to be eating, I could not resist trying to make them on my own. Several hours later, when I pulled them out of the oven, they were a soggy mess. What went wrong? As it appeared, I may have forgotten a key to recipe ingredient exchanging.
Frozen versus fresh vegetable conversion
The main mistake I made when compensating for ingredients I did not have for the Pinterest chicken pot pie recipe was using frozen instead of fresh vegetables. The original recipe called for fresh carrots, onions, and celery. I used a bag of mire poix and forgot about how they coat the veggies with ice. Obviously, the filling you put in the pot pies needs to be slightly dry. I was not ready to give up on my frozen vegetables, but knew I needed a recipe compromise to fix the sogginess aspect of the recipe.
My Pinterest chicken pot pie recipe discovery
To recap, I found out the hard way that frozen veggies produce a lot of extra moisture that makes the bottom crust soggy when you make a pot pie. Now I know to make the filling on the stove top, let the extra liquid evaporate, and then let it cool down to use as filling. No soggy crust!
Once I got started with this idea that you can boil down various types of sauces and add them to a crust, this sky was the limit. I was making all types of pot pies out of chicken curry, Iranians stews, and Italian spaghetti sauce. Sometimes, it helps to add a little bit of cheese to tie everything together, but I find pre-packaged pizza dough in a can is what works best for anything besides a traditional chicken pot pie filling.
I also found that making a pot pie version of Shepherd’s Pie is easy to do with canned biscuits lining the bottom and top. Again, the main idea is to boil down the filling so that there is not any extra moisture. Then, you never need to worry again about your pie crust getting too soggy.
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