Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Eastertide Atlantic Beach Pie

The famous Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill features a treat it calls "Atlantic Beach Pie," which takes me directly back decades into my childhood and the family's oceanside restaurant outings on the North Carolina coast. When an article in Our State magazine brought this recipe to my attention a few years ago, I was just a bit giddy over how remarkable this simple treat is. As key lime pie is to Florida, perhaps the same is true of Atlantic Beach pie for the coast of the Tarheel State...the recipes are incredibly similar but the difference isn't just lemon versus key lime: it's also the cracker crust we employ here (I prefer it with crushed Ritz) as opposed to one made from graham crackers. Anyway: the end of the incredible Easter night feast was this phenomenal pie, and it was Oh! so good.

"One Phenomenal Pie: Atlantic Beach Pie," from Chef Bill Smith. Published in Our State Magazine, May 2014. Also featured in "Found Recipes" on All Things Considered from National Public Radio, broadcast April 13, 2013.

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