Guy Fieri’s Funky Finds: Blueberry Goat Cheese Pie

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives:; The Funky Finds in FlavortownIn Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown cookbook (On sale May 14, 2013), he gives us recipes from a great cross-section of the restaurants featured on his Food Network TV show. And these recipes are for incredible flavor bombs. From the Pulled Pork Pancakes we featured last week, to a sandwich called the “Parmageddon,” to Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Red Wine Gravy, Guy makes sure we have the tastiest dishes from his road trips in this new book.

Without taking any of the spotlight away from these homegrown recipes, the stories behind each restaurant are another fascinating part of the book. Guy reminds us in the introductions to each recipe what makes these joints all so uniquely qualified to have a star moment on his show and in his book. One of my favorites is the 3 Sisters Café, in Indianapolis, IN. It’s the romance that gets me: the current owners, Moira and Alex, are a couple who fell in love when they worked as a waitress and a line cook in another restaurant, and decided to buy their own place.

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives -- 3 Sisters CafeJust to be sure you all understand that this restaurant’s food is as endearing as its back story, here’s Moira and Alex’s recipe for Blueberry Goat Cheese Pie. In the Krew Notes (another fun feature of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown), Bryna “The Pirate” Levin says, “The Goat Cheese Pie recipe came about by chance when Alex went to make a blueberry cream cheese pie, and saw he was out of cream cheese but had goat cheese. He also put in finely chopped basil. Sounds like it wouldn’t work, but it’s an amazing combination. The tart goat cheese changes the dish into something wholly original and startlingly delicious.”

Uh… YUM! So: who’s making this pie for Mother’s Day supper!?

Blueberry Goat Cheese Pie
Adapted from a recipe courtesy of Alex Munroe and Moira Sommers, 3 Sisters Café
Makes 1 pie

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup (1 stick) cold margarine, cubed
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch of salt
Cold water

½ cup soft goat cheese
½ cup heavy cream
1 large egg
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
5 cups fresh blueberries

1 cup sliced almonds
½ cup sugar
1⁄3 cup margarine, melted

1. For the crust: Combine the flour, margarine, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Work with your fingers gathering and crumbling until you have a crumbly mixture about the size of peas.

2. In 2-tablespoon amounts (about ½ cup total), slowly add cold water, gently incorporating by hand. As soon as the dough comes together in a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

3. For the filling: Mix together the goat cheese, heavy cream, egg, brown sugar, flour, salt, and basil in a bowl. Add the blueberries and combine; the texture will be like a thick cake batter.

4. For the topping: Mix together the almonds, sugar, and margarine in a bowl and set aside.

5. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1⁄8-inch thickness and place into a 10-inch pie pan. Trim and crimp the edges and prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Par-bake the crust for 15 minutes, or until firm. Let cool slightly. Pour the filling into the crust and sprinkle the topping over the top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until slightly bubbling and the crust is browned, rotating the pie halfway through. Let the pie cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack before serving so the filling can firm up.

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4 Responses to “Guy Fieri’s Funky Finds: Blueberry Goat Cheese Pie”
  1. Laura says:

    This is the all time winner of pies! Forget how it sounds and just make it! My husband and I have been making it ever since we saw it on Triple D years ago. It’s absolutely fantastic!

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  3. Renee Foligno says:

    C a n not wait to make this blueberry goat cheese basil pie!

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