Unbeatable Key Lime Pie

I love pies. Specifically, I love tart, creamy, gooey pies. I was on the hunt for a good Key Lime pie, and as all my recipe searches do, this one started with Food Network.

There were easy recipes, difficult recipes, recipes with five stars, and some with none. I sorted by my favorite chefs, and then unsorted. Finally I came across the recipe. Simple without being artificial, short ingredient list (some of which I already had in my kitchen), and oddly enough – from Emeril, whom I don’t typically gravitate towards.

OK – so here’s my take on the recipe….

I kept all the ratios and cooking times the same every time I made this recipe.

There are, however, a few changes I made…none of which affected the integrity of the pie one bit. Here they are:

  1. Use store bought pie crust. I made my own graham cracker crust the first time, but every other time I used a pre-made, store bought crust. No one could tell the difference. I used graham cracker crust and I used traditional pie crust. Both delicious and both store bought! One advantage to the store bought graham cracker crust is that it comes with a plastic lid, making transport a breeze!
  2. Don’t bother squeezing 200 Key Limes for this recipe. Have you ever seen a Key Lime? They’re about half the size of a regular lime and doubly as hard to squeeze. Who wants to mess with that?! I used Key Lime juice that I found in the juice isle of my local grocery store. Delish.
  3. DO bother to squeeze two regular limes, but zest them first! The addition of freshly squeezed lime juice and a tablespoon of lime zest really enhance the pie filling. Plus, you’ll need some lime zest for the garnish.

Don’t freak out about the sour cream. I know you’re thinking, “Whipped cream would be sooo much better,” because I felt that way too. The sour cream is GOOOOD. It’s worth it. You HAVE to use it. Trust me.

Key Lime Pie

And one final note: 
My sister asked me to make her three of these pies for her last birthday. One to eat that day, and the other two to freeze. It doesn’t seem possible, but this pie might actually be better frozen. Try it and see!

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