Corby is on the record as a lard-lover, while Food Channel contributor Ike DeLorenzo reminded me last week that he once won a blind tasting with his aunt's recipe, which uses an unusual secret ingredient: vegetable oil. But for those of us involved in last-minute pie acrobatics, the best strategy might to go with pre-made. Here's a recent taste test of national brands from the website Serious Eats:
We're not big fans of frozen pie crusts. In fact, many of them taste like Play-doh. But if you're really in a pinch during the holidays, and the thought of making a crust from scratch is too discouraging and intimidating, we want you to somehow find pie. We are always pro-pie! So we tried the following nationally available brands, both baked plain and with a cherry filling: Trader Joe's, Pillsbury, Oronoque Orchard's, Wholly Wholesome, and Mrs. Smith. The winner, well, it wasn't even close.
Read the full story at Serious Eats.