Sweet & Savory: February is Great American Pie Month

By: Amber Ogden | February 6, 2015

Everyone knows that January is unofficial “exercise like nobody’s business month.” But did you know that the very next month is Great American Pie Month? That’s right! February may be the shortest month of the year, but its 28 days are dedicated to all things pie!

Sweet or savory, everyone loves pie. What’s not to adore? Especially since there are limitless options when it comes to pie: it can be a main course or a dessert, mini or big enough to feed a whole family. We’ve previously covered this topic on a variety of occasions for “In the D,” which can be found here and here!

Let’s proceed with a few of Metro D’s best (and perhaps some lesser known) pie sources:

Blazo’s Pie Shoppe, 34365 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, has been making old-fashioned pies for over 50 years, with homemade fillings and plenty of Michigan-grown fruit. Fruit pies are available in a wide variety of flavors, including French Apple, Blueberry, Peach, Cherry Crumb and Strawberry Rhubarb.

No pie menu would be complete without cream pies! Try the Peanut Butter, Banana, Lemon Meringue or Coconut Cream pies. In addition to the Livonia retail location, Blazo’s pies are available at several Metro Detroit eateries and grocers. You can find a complete list here.

Love’s Custard Pie, 10040 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, is the place to go if you enjoy custard pie over fruit pie. The bakers at Love’s use traditional southern recipes to create over two dozen different varieties of custard pies! The Chess pie is one of the most popular, and you’ll also find Chocolate Chess and Red Velvet Chess in addition to original.

Also on the menu are Old Fashioned Egg Custard Pie, Sweet Potato Custard Pie, German Chocolate Custard Pie and Pecan Caramel Custard Pie. Your only problem here will be making the horribly tough decision of which pie to order.

Delight Bakery & Café, 21211 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, makes more than just pies, so don’t get distracted by any of the other goodies (or sugary smells) as you walk through the doors. Surely, as soon as you spot the Apple, Cherry, Blueberry, Pecan and Peach/Strawberry pies, you’ll remember precisely what you came for.

Mini pies are also available, if you’re still pretending to be on that New Year’s diet, or whatever.

Achatz Pie Co., with multiple locations throughout the Metro Detroit area, makes both sweet and savory pies, so you can celebrate Great American Pie Month by way of dinner and dessert! I guess technically you’re supposed to start with the former, so here are a few main course options:

Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Pot Pie and Spinach Pot Pie are all excellent choices, and will please everyone from meat-eaters to vegetarians. Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche and Mediterranean Quiche are also on the menu!

Now for the sugary stuff—fruit pies include Blueberry Double Crust, Apple Caramel Nut, Shelly’s Pumpkin Praline and Fruit Juice Sweetened Michigan 4-Berry. As for cream pies, try the Cannoli, French Silk, Raspberry Cream or German Chocolate Pie. No matter what, you can’t go wrong!

Redcoat Tavern, 31542 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, is known for having one of the area’s best cheeseburgers, and I know you’re probably thinking, “why is the crazy lady suggesting I go to a place known for its burgers and eat a pie?” Well, while Red Coat is known for its Piedmontese burger (yum), it’s also got some seriously impressive pub entrees on its menu, including savory pies.

If you’re feeling festive and want to celebrate Great American Pie Month, order the Shepherd’s Pie (topped with mashed potatoes) or Amish Chicken Pot Pie (topped with French puff pastry). Both are served with your choice of potato, including fries, garlic mashed, redskins, etc. But honestly, do yourself a favor and make sure someone at your table orders a side of onion rings, because they are not to be missed.

U.P. Pasties Co., 810 S. Main St., Plymouth, prepares authentic U.P.-style pasties fresh daily, which 99 percent of the Lower Peninsula population doesn’t know a thing about. Note: a pasty is like a hand pie stuffed with meat, potatoes, carrots and rutabaga, all inside of a delicious and flaky crust.

Also on the menu is the more renowned Chicken Pot Pie. Here, it’s made with chicken breast, potatoes, carrots, peas and chicken gravy, and enclosed in a buttery crust. What better way to celebrate Great American Pie Month than with a little chicken pot pie? The only thing more American would be following it up with some apple pie for dessert.

There you have it, hungry Metro Detroiters. February comes around but once a year, and we should celebrate Great American Pie Month in style! Whether you prefer sweet pies, savory pies, or a little bit of both, now you can go forth and indulge with wisdom. Enjoy!