Valentine’s Day Dinner- Part One

16 Feb

Given my impending unemployment and our move from the area we decided to keep Valentine’s Day pretty low cost this year.  We spent the day together in the kitchen creating a new pie and some cakes.  Our pie is called The California Club Pie.  I have never been to California but I do know that when you add avocado to a club sandwich you call it a California club…

California Club Pie

What you need:

  • 1 double crust pie crust recipe
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix
  • 1 pound of chicken, cubed,  breaded and fried.
  • 1 package of bacon, cooked
  • 8 oz of guacamole (we made ours from two avocados and seasoning packet)
  • 2 cups of uncooked spinage
  • 1 brick of Munster cheese, shredded

Put It Together

I love the South Beach Diet Book collecting dust in the background

  • If you are preparing your own guacamole, now is the time.
  • Prepare your pie crust.
  • Kneed in the entire packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix into the pie crust.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Grease pan of your choice. I used a 10 inch spring form pan.
  • Roll out or press pie 2/3 of the pie crust into pan of your choice.

Fill with a layer of Munster cheese

Add the chicken

Cover completely with spinach leaves

Break up the bacon and distribute evenly in the pie

Spread the guacamole over the spinach and bacon as evenly as possible.

Top it off with a final layer of cheese

Roll out the remaining pie crust for the top.  Make sure to cut some holes for venting.  I used hearts for Valentine’s Day.

Press the top crust into the bottom crust along the sides of the pan.

Bake for 40 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Let cool and serve.

Note:  The items can be layered in any order you like.  Next time I make this pie, I might move the spinach closer to the bottom to balance out the softer items.
Enjoy!  If you make this pie, please let me know how it turns out.

Stay tuned for the sweeter part of our Valentine’s Day 😉

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