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In old timey days, two bottles of cider was enough to make one completely pie-eyed.  Well, in this recipe, it won't even take one!  This delicious "pie-eyed" pastry is stuffed with "drunken" pulled pork which is slow roasted in hard apple cider.  We're upping the old timey ante by turning the classic British meat pie on its head, by substituting the traditional round shell for a tantalizing EYE shape, whose interior is porked out with our cider roasted meat.  This Eye of Pi looks great and tastes even better, especially when garnished with the delicious hard cider au jus as a dipping sauce!

Be warned: The construction of this pastry is very futsy and not for the faint of heart.  But if you've got some time to spare as well as a death wish, this pie is for you!  Some extra hard cider for the belly during construction is highly recommended!

-Original recipe from ForkableBlog.com

Step 1: Necessary Ingredients and Materials

Pulled Pork
  • 1 3-4 lb pork shoulder or Boston Butt (which is a shoulder cut)
  • 12 oz. (1 1/2 c.) hard cider

Dry Rub for Pulled Pork
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs kosher or other coarse salt
  • 1 Tbs Paprika
  • 1Tbs Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry mustard

Pie Pastry
  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c. pork lard (from pulled pork)
  • 1/2 c. + 2 Tbs Butter, cold
  • 1/2 c. ice cold water
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
Pie Decorating
  • Black food dye
  • Green food dye
  • Red food dye
  • 2 egg yolks
Tools
  • Roasting Pan
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Spring Form Pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • parchment paper
  • 3-4 c. uncooked rice
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • food processor
  • rolling pin
  • pastry brushes






Free standing meat pies are often made with hot water pastry, which is moldable before it's baked and keeps its shape, pretty much. (It's made pretty much the opposite of a standard pie dough -- you melt lard in water, then pour it boiling onto the flour, then you roll it out and shape it and as it cools, it hardens.) It has a tougher, chewier texture than regular pie crust and really stands up to gravy.
That looks awesome! Happy pi day. ;)
wow, that looks scary. however I could try some.
Mystery !
A mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in an eyeball pie yet infinitely delicious!
Wow, that looks really good!

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