15 Leftover Pie Crust Recipes
Pie crust is too delicious to let any of it go to waste! Sometimes, you may end up with leftover cooked pie crust if you've purchased store-bought crust, excess dough when pre-baking homemade pie crusts to fill, or leftovers in the form of crust trimmings. Fortunately, leftover pie crust can add flavor and texture to several dishes. Instead of tossing it, use it to prepare a bonus treat!
Deconstructed Pot Pie
Who says pot pie has to be tucked neatly inside a full pie crust? If you have leftover baked pie crust on your hands, chop it up and make a deconstructed pot pie.
- Mix chunks of cooked pie crust into your favorite beef stew recipe, or get creative with leftovers from a holiday meal or family dinner, and combine whatever meat, gravy, and veggies you have on hand with pie crust chunks.
- Put into ramekins and reheat for a rich and tasty meal.
Unique Casserole Topping
Instead of using cracker crumbs or fried onions to top off your favorite main dish or side dish casserole recipes, crumble cooked pie crust over the top. This works great with everything from turkey casseroles to tempting broccoli casseroles. It's also a really tasty option for kid-friendly casseroles, as little ones love the idea of having pie for dinner.
If you use this idea with a freezer casserole recipe, wait and add the pie crust pieces immediately before cooking.
Combine your leftover pie dough scraps with pre-made spinach dip, and roll them out to create these tasty spinach pinwheels.
- Roll the dough into a rectangular shape.
- Spread your favorite spinach dip across the dough in a thin layer.
- Roll up pinwheel style, forming a rolled log of the dip-covered dough.
- Refrigerate for about an hour, then slice into pieces about ½-inch thick.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet that is covered with parchment paper, then bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
Leftover Pie Crust Stuffing
When making your favorite stuffing recipe, break up leftover pie crust pieces and toss them in with the bread chunks or breadcrumbs. This helps you stretch your stuffing recipe to feed even more people or provide even more leftovers to use in deconstructed pot pie a few days after the main meal. Yum!
Veggie Pizza Pie
Love pizza? You'll need a full crust for this recipe, but it's well worth the effort. Make it any time you find yourself with an extra crust, or buy one especially for this.
- Remove most of the raised sides from a leftover pre-baked pie crust.
- Spread hot spinach and artichoke dip in a thick layer on the bottom of the crust, then add any pre-cooked vegetables that you like. Broccoli is a good option, as are various roasted root vegetables.
- Sprinkle with shredded cheese, then cook in a preheated 350°F oven just until the cheese melts.
Use chunks of leftover regular or graham cracker pie crust instead of graham crackers to make s'mores. Another option is to make a batch of our s'mores dip recipe you'll find in this article, and spoon it over pieces of pie crust.
This is a super fun snack for a camping trip or movie night.
Banana Pie Pudding
Whip up a batch of your favorite banana pudding recipe, but add pieces of cooked pie crust to the vanilla wafer layer. Or, if you have enough extra pie crust, just use chunks of pie crust as a substitute for the vanilla wafers.
Use your leftover pie dough and muffin tins (regular or mini size) to make tiny versions of your favorite quiche recipes! Follow the recipe, though keep watch as the smaller size may mean that these cook 10 - 15 minutes faster than stated in a recipe for a full-size quiche.
If you opt for broccoli quiche or another quiche recipe that may have large chunks of veggies or meat, be sure to cut the items small enough to work for the muffin molds you're using.
Ice Cream Topping
If you have extra pieces of leftover cooked pie crust lying around that you don't know what to do with, break them into small chunks and use it as a topping for ice cream. This is really delicious on top of a banana split. Trust us!
Homemade Pie Crust Parfait
You can also use crumbled cooked pie crust on your own version of yogurt parfait instead of some (or all) of the granola. Since most people have extra pie crust around Thanksgiving or Christmas, maybe go for a seasonal parfait like a pumpkin yogurt parfait from our pumpkin spice recipe collection by swapping out pie crust for the granola.
Take mousse to the next level by using crumbled cooked pie crust as a topping. All you have to do to achieve this fun twist is make your favorite chocolate mousse recipe, then sprinkle a mixture of chocolate pieces and chunks of pie crust on top.
Chilled Feta Tartlets
Want a leftovers recipe that feels fancy? Meet these tartlets. Just knead together your leftover pie dough, then roll it out and cut them to fit your silicone muffin cups or tins.
- Cook at 325°F for around 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool, then stuff with a mixture of feta cheese and spinach or feta cheese and basil.
- Chill until ready to serve.
- Consider topping with tomato chunks or cherry tomato halves. Serve cold.
Enhanced Pie Trifle
Enhance your favorite trifle recipe by adding small chunks of cooked pie crust to the cake layer of the dish. For fall, add cooked pie crust to a pumpkin-ginger harvest trifle from our Thanksgiving desserts collection. Chances are that anyone who eats this will wonder what your secret ingredient is. You can smile mysteriously and say, "A little magpie told me!"
Fluff and Berry Crust
Cut or break the leftover cooked pie crust into chunks and spread with marshmallow fluff fruit dip, then top with fresh berries. Place on a serve-yourself tray so guests can help themselves, or prepare individual saucers of fresh fruit with a few of these on the side. Chances are, you'll be surprised how quickly these get gobbled up by kids and adults alike.
Of course, if you have an entire extra baked pie crust, use it to make a bonus pie. Just fill with your favorite pudding or a can of fruit filling and store in the fridge until ready to eat. Or whip up any no-baking-required pie filling and put it in the crust.
How Long Pie Dough & Crust Keeps
Leftover pie dough will last for about three days (tightly sealed) in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer, so if you only have a few scraps with every pie, you can freeze it all together, thaw it when you're ready to use, and combine all the scraps. Leftover cooked pie crust will last tightly wrapped at room temperature for four or five days before it gets stale.
Put Leftover Pie Crust to Good Use
All it takes to use every last bit of pie crust is a little creativity and a good leftover recipe. These tasty ideas are so flavorful that you just might find yourself making extra pie crust on purpose! We don't blame you, because then you'll be able to enjoy these treats any time you set out to make your favorite pie recipes.