Today in Food: Bake a Pi(e), Eat Some Chips

by in News, March 14th, 2011
Happy Pi(e) Day, Happy Potato Chip Day

March 14th in this nation is a day to eat pie and potato chips. Pie, because March 14th is National Pi Day, as in π, or 3.14 (3/14, get it?) and since numbers are better for crunching than munching, pie is the logical gastronomical leap to make here.

So in the spirit of mathematics, get baking, and if it makes you feel better, go ahead and calculate the circumference of your quiche.

Paula Deen's Perfect-for-Pi-Day Sweet Potato Pie

Ina Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie (pie for dinner!)

Paula Deen’s Spinach and Bacon Quiche

Rachael Ray’s Antipasto Pie

Southern Ham and Cheese Pie

Giada De Laurentiis’ Hazelnut and Chocolate Pie

Paula Deen’s Sweet Potato Pie (pictured above)

The Neelys’ Peanut Butter Pie

Alton Brown’s Lemon Meringue Pie

And chips? Well, it’s also National Potato Chip Day. The reason isn’t as clear as the thought behind Pi (again, 3/14, so clever) but regardless, do you need a logical reason to indulge in some chips? Make your own, jazz up some store-bought ones or use chips in a recipe in the spirit of Potato Chip Day.

There's a whole day dedicated to this addictive snack. Photo from Food Network Magazine

Paula Deen’s Fried Sweet Potato Chips

Bobby Flay’s Hot Potato Chips With Blue Cheese Sauce

Rachael Ray’s Roasted Thick Potato Chips

Ellie Krieger’s Cracked Pepper Potato Chips With Onion Dip (this one’s healthy!)

Curry Potato Chips

Spicy Potato Chips (pictured above)

Potato Chip-Chocolate Toffee

The Neelys’ Macaroni and Cheese With Potato Chip Crust

Potato Chip Chicken

But it’s late in the day, so don’t despair if there’s not enough time to make a separate snack honoring each of these truly deserving-of-a-holiday foods. We’ve got a few recipes that incorporate both (sort of).

Potato chips + pie = the perfect meal for this dual-holiday day.

Potato Chip Tortilla (above) — it’s a pie, made with potato chips!

Or come pretty close with alterna-chips:

Chicken Chili Corn Chip Pie

Frito Pie

What’s your favorite pie, chip or pie-and-chip concoction?

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