Below are Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a crispy crust on the bottom of a pot pie?
Conventional ovens definitely work best for baking a pot pie, though toaster ovens will certainly work. Place the rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the unwrapped pie on a baking sheet or piece of foil and put in the oven. Once the oven door has been closed, turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees. As the pie is in the upper section of the oven, the top of the pie will brown quite quickly. Once the top of the pie has reached a deep golden color, carefully place a small piece of foil over the top of the pie, and allow it to bake until the filling is bubbling away and is being released from the holes in the top crust. Very carefully remove the top foil, and allow the pie to finish baking until the top crust has reach a dark golden brown. Our directions which come on the box say to bake for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours – each oven will vary, as will the baking times.
How do I easily remove the foil covering from our oval casserole pans?
Whether removing the covering to eat the contents, or to finish off the cooking process, many have asked us how to remove the foil. Carefully take the casserole pan, on its baking sheet, from the oven, take a sharp knife and, starting from one of the long ends, poke a hole in the foil cover and run the knife down the center to the opposite end. With the knife tip, one can pull the foil up and away from the pan.
How do I get the tops of menu items crispy and brown?
Some of our menu items, IE Shepherd’s Pies, Bar Potatoes, Enchiladas and Cannelloni, are best when their tops have been browned. Once the items are just about heated through, place them under the broiler for just a few minutes, to crisp and brown the tops. Be careful to not leave under the broiler for too long, to keep the food from burning.
How do I get our Puff Pastry and Phyllo items crispy?
Puff Pastry and Phyllo require higher heat to bake properly. Be sure to have the oven preheated to the temperature on the baking instructions included with the item to be baked, and have the items very cold or still frozen, when placing them in the oven. Ovens may vary, so baking times will also vary; don’t remove the items from the oven until they are a deep golden brown.