Emeril's Creamy Ham and Potato Pies
Hearty Meals That Go Bam!
Prepare the pie crusts. Roll out the 2 disks of dough and fit them into 9-inch pie pans. Crimp the edges. Refrigerate the pie crusts for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line the pie crusts with parchment paper or aluminum foil and fill each with pie weights. Bake until the crusts just set, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove weights. Allow to cool.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Combine the milk, water, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic and bay leaves in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the mixture is hot, add the potatoes and gently stir to combine. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes. Drain the potatoes (the cooking liquid may be reserved to form the base of a soup).
Line each of the baked pie crusts with half of the potatoes. Cover the potatoes with the cubed ham. Pour 1/4 cup cream on top of the potatoes in each pie. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Gruyere and 1/4 cup Parmesan on top of the cream in each pie. Arrange 1 tablespoon butter on top of the cheese in each pie. Arrange the remaining half of the potatoes on top of the creamy mixture.
Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon thyme on top of the potatoes in each pie. Pour 1/2 cup of the remaining cream over each pie. Dot each pie with 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Gruyere and 1/4 cup Parmesan on top of each pie. Sprinkle each pie with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Bake the pies until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
Makes two 9-inch pies
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, appearing in "Emeril's Potluck," William Morrow Publishers, New York, 2004