2017 Mountain Pie Championship
The third annual statewide Mountain Pie Championship was held again this year but it took on a slightly different slant. Due to the fact that we had such a wet season, many of the campgrounds had to cancel their mountain pie contests, thus reducing the number of contestants eligible to come to the state championship. Plan B went into effect. The winning recipes were submitted to the PCOA office and were judged by three qualified judges. This is a similar system that is used by Pillsbury in picking state winners for its Bake-Off finals.
The championship was open to winners at privately owned Pennsylvania campgrounds that held contests across the state this summer. The two contests, “Sweet” and “Savory,” were sponsored by the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association.
I am happy to announce the following winners and their recipes.
The “Sweet” category winner was Lauren Hurler, Freehold, New Jersey, representing Driftstone Campground, Mt. Bethel, PA. Her entry was a “Praline Pecan Honey Butter Apple Pie.” Her recipe is as follows:
Praline Pecan Honey Butter Apple Pie
Makes 2 Mountain Pies
2 pink lady apples chopped into small pieces
½ to ¾ stick Imperial margarine or salted butter
1/8 cup pecans
1/8 to ¼ tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
Softly boil above ingredients for 15 minutes or until apples are softened. Spray mountain pie iron with cooking spray or oil.
Line the pie iron with pie crust (Pillsbury or homemade)
Fill with apple mixture.
Cook on open fire 3-4 minutes on each side.
Top with chocolate and caramel drizzle and whole pecans.
In second place was Mike Kuznick, Croydon, PA representing Blue Rocks Campground in Lenhartsville. He made Berrylicious Pie. Third place was Melissa Umbrell, Enola, PA with her Caramel Apple Delight. She represented Jonestown/Hershey NE KOA in Jonestown.
The “Savory” category winner was Ellen Brinton from Schwenksville, PA, representing Blue Rocks Family Campground, Lenhartsville. Her entry was a “Flakey Seafood Delight.” This recipe is:
Flakey Seafood Delight
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 cloves shallots, chopped
2 cups white wine
¼ cup olive oil, plus 2 Tbsp.
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves
1 Tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning
2 cups heavy cream
1 pound sea scallops
1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
1 pound backfin crabmeat
1 package of pastry puff sheets
In a large sauté pan, heat ¼ cup oil and cook garlic and shallot until translucent, about 2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the wine and basil and let the liquid reduce by half. Add the heavy cream. Over low heat, let the sauce reduce to medium thickness. Place the sauce in a separate bowl. To the now empty sauté pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, sauté scallops, cook until opaque and move to a utility platter in a warm place. Then use the same pan to sauté shrimp just until pink, and remove to the utility platter. Add cream sauce to sauté pan. Cut scallops and shrimp to small pieces and add to the cream sauce. Add crab and Old Bay Seasoning. Warm but do not overcook. Line mountain pie maker with pastry puff, making sure to leave enough space to seal the mixture into the crust. Spoon the seafood mixture into the bottom of the lined pie maker. Make sure to spoon extra sauce to keep moist. Gently push the edges of the top pastry puff into the bottom. Cook until crust is flakey and golden brown. Serve with a nice shrimp cocktail.
Now the fun part. Invite your friends and fellow campers by the campfire to enjoy some delicious seafood treat.
Placing second in the Savory category was William Sucevic, Pittsburgh, PA, with his Italian Stallion, representing Bear Run Campground, Portersville. Third place went to Lisa Dress, South Plainfield, New Jersey, representing Driftstone Campground in Mt. Bethel. She made a Campfire Empanada.
2017 prizes were $500 cash for both first place winners, $200 in PCOA gift certificates for second place and a $100 gift certificate for third place.
A total of 19 campgrounds originally scheduled contests at their facility during the season. The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association extends a thank you to all who entered.