Stumped about how to use leftover crust? Whatever you do, don't toss it! We're about to show you what to do with leftover pie crust.
Sometimes it's cheaper and easier to buy a pack of crusts instead of just one. Or, sometimes, when you're baking a pie, you end up with leftover scraps of crust. But, no matter why you've got leftovers, we want to stop you from wasting them!
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The next time you're wondering what to do with leftover pie crust, remember this post! We've rounded up ten genius ways to give your crust new life, and they're all so dang easy and delicious. So are you ready for this?!
5 WAYS TO USE WHOLE PIE CRUSTS
So you picked up a two-pack of frozen pie crusts, but you don't need two apple pies? Here are five ways to put those crusts to good use!
USE LEFTOVER PIE CRUST TO MAKE QUICHE
This might be our favorite thing to do when we have a whole crust leftover! You make a meal for the whole family by whipping up a quick quiche. Here are three varieties to try:
- Ham & Cheese – Mix one cup of milk, 3/4 cup of ham, and 1 cup of cheese with four eggs and a dash of salt and pepper. Pour into your pie crust and bake at 350°F for around 45 minutes. Allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
- Garden Veggie – Replace the meat in the ham and cheese recipe with 3/4 cup of your favorite diced veggies. We love onions, asparagus, tomatoes, or spinach.
- Chicken & Swiss – Instead of ham and cheese, make a chicken and cheese quiche using shredded chicken. You can toss in a few mushrooms and some diced onions if you'd like.
You can add any meat or veggie to the mix when it comes to quiche, so don't be afraid to try something new!
MAKE A POT PIE
Pot pies are the ultimate comfort food! Instead of buying them in the freezer section, make your own! Whether you fill yours with leftover pot roast, chicken, turkey, or pork is up to you! Feeling a combo? Go for it. We've got an awesome chicken pot pie recipe on our sister site, Fun Cheap or Free. Just swap the Bisquick topping for your leftover pie crust!
TURN LEFTOVER PIE CRUST INTO A FANCY HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
If you're sick of pie but still in the mood for something sweet, here's a fun idea! Bake an extra pie (this is the perfect excuse to use up leftover pie filling), then crumble that pie and crust for a homemade ice cream filling or topping. You could blend that pie and ice cream together to make a milkshake, too! Here are some pie flavors to try in your ice cream:
- Apple pie
- Blueberry pie
- Pumpkin pie
- Chocolate chess pie
- Key lime pie
Of course, plain baked pie crust crumbs are an amazing ice cream sundae topping, too!
MAKE A MEAT PIE
If you've never tried meat pie, you're missing out! It's a super filling, cheap, and easy dinner that's perfect for fall and winter. This easy meat pie recipe from Allrecipes features potatoes, ground beef, and ground pork. You could easily use all ground beef or ground turkey if you have it. Meat pies are perfect for using up leftovers!
USE LEFTOVER PIE CRUST TO MAKE AN EASY COBBLER
We've never met a cobbler we don't like, and using leftover crust is the perfect shortcut! You could modify our peach cobbler recipe to use crust instead of batter, or give this Pillsbury recipe a try. Not a fan of peaches? Any fruit will work! Blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, cherry, and apple cobbler are all delicious, too.
5 WAYS TO USE LEFTOVER PIE CRUST SCRAPS
What do you do if you have some scraps leftover from making a lattice top pie? You've got plenty of options! Here are five of our favorite ideas.
Did you know you can make cookies from pie crust? You sure can, and they are delish! It's super easy. Just lay your leftover crust piece flat and pinch them together to make one rectangle. Sprinkle with some cinnamon and brown sugar, then roll into one long log. Slice the log into 1-inch cookies, lay them flat on a baking sheet, and then bake at 350°F for about 8 minutes. You can sprinkle with extra cinnamon, powdered sugar, or add frosting if you'd like!
USE YOUR LEFTOVER PIE CRUST TO MAKE EMPANADAS
If you've got a few decent-sized scraps of pie crust, you can easily make an empanada or two! Our favorite way to make empanadas is in the air fryer, but you can make yours in the oven or pan-fry them if you need to. This pie crust beef empanada recipe from Air Fry With Me is one of the easiest around. Don't let the beef scare you away if you don't have any! You can use any meat you have on hand.
MAKE HOMEMADE POP-TARTS
Your kids will love homemade pop-tarts, but we bet you will, too! Our favorite filling is some homemade strawberry freezer jam, but this recipe is a shelf cooking dream. Feel free to use whatever type of jam you have! Lemons + Zest has a fantastic homemade pop-tart recipe that you can use as a guide.
TRY MAKING HOMEMADE CRACKERS
Have you ever made homemade crackers? It's actually super easy! Preheat your oven to 400°F and start gathering your pie crust scraps. Small pieces work best! Coat them with a little olive oil and your choice of seasonings, then bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow them to cool a bit, then eat as-is, or use them for dipping. Here are some dips we love:
- Pimento Cheese – Put a little taste of the south in your mouth with this easy pimento cheese recipe! It's perfect on crackers.
- Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip – Put your Thanksgiving leftovers to good use and try this easy cranberry cream cheese dip.
- Fruit Salsa – Sprinkle your crackers with a little cinnamon and brown sugar, then dip them in some of this fruit salsa.
WHIP UP SOME HOMEMADE CHEESE STRAWS
Okay, last but not least, let's talk about how you can turn your leftover pie crust into the perfect party food or holiday gift basket goodie! Have you ever tried cheese straws? They sell them at fancy gift shops and bakeries for a pretty penny, but it's SUPER easy to make them yourself. Here's how:
- Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of cheese over your pie crust scraps.
- Bring all the dough together to form a disc, wrap it in plastic, and then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Roll the dough flat into a rectangle, then slice it into one-inch pieces.
- Fold each slice in half lengthwise, then place them on a lined baking dish. For a fancier look, you can twirl your pieces.
- Sprinkle more cheese on top, then place them in the freezer for around 30 minutes while your oven preheats to 350°F.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown, then serve and enjoy!
If you like spicy foods, you can add some cayenne pepper to your cheese straws for a nice kick.
HOW DO YOU USE LEFTOVER PIE CRUST?
Is anyone else suddenly craving pie?! Now that you know a few of our favorite ways to use leftover pie crust, we want to hear your ideas.
How do you use your leftover crust? Leave a comment below!
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Now go crust a move!
Hi hi – So, what’s in a crumble? Butter, flour and salt – among other things. I usually save my scraps flat on a tray in the freezer, and once frozen, bag them for use with crumble. Mine is: 1:1:1:. 5 cold pie dough, brown sugar, nuts of any sort, and cold unsalted butter, cubed. Process all until you’re happy – then spread on any dessert that you’ll be baking. Nummm!