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Savoring the Southwest: Oreo Bourbon Pie Crust

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Have you ever noticed that when you go to a restaurant and order a dessert which is a cream-type of pie or cheesecake that the crust is always the same. It is usually that bland and boring graham cracker crust. The reason for this is two-fold. First, the person running the kitchen is usually as boring and bland as the crust. Secondly, the pie or cheesecake is commercially made. Really, this should be a crime!

Out here in the great American Southwest we really don't take kindly to bland and boring. At Casa de Cuisine, we consider bland and boring to be the eight and ninth deadly sins. It is for this reason you will never see a graham cracker crust serving as the platform for any of our desserts. We prefer to be different. We prefer to give your mouth some excitement. We also believe that since you are paying hard-earned money for your meal that you deserve something special. With that said (written), enjoy one of our new sinfully delightful crusts... Oreo Bourbon Pie Crust!

As noted above, this is a pie crust for cream style pies or cheesecakes. The recipe and the how-to pictures are just for the crust. The crust can be baked (as with a cheesecake) or presented as-is for a cream style pie. Due to the fact this is a butter enriched crust, we do recommend using a spring-form pan and layering some foil around the pan if the crust is going to be heated.

Ingredients needed to make Oreo Bourbon Pie Crust (makes one pie crust, depending on thickness):

  • 4 cups crushed Oreo cookies
  • 1/2 cup bourbon or whiskey
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Steps:

  1. Place the crushed Oreo's into a food processor and finely grind.
  2. Place the ground Oreo's into a medium bowl.
  3. Add the bourbon and butter and stir to combine.
  4. Place into the pie pan or pre-pared spring-form pan.
  5. Proceed with the type of cream-style pie or cheesecake you're making.

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