I love taking advantage of my Ninja Foodi in hot weather. This pie crust recipe is the perfect example! Baking a pie crust in the Ninja Foodi requires the right size of pie crust pan, but it’s super convenient once you do. You need to pre-bake or ‘blind bake’ a pie crust for most custard filled pies (like the rhubarb meringue pie I made) or even a fresh fruit filled pie crust for a quick dessert. Here’s how you do it!
Welp, there’s just one! Enough pie crust dough to make one 9″ pie crust. The trick here is to make sure you also have a pie crust pan that doesn’t have a lip on it, otherwise it might not fit in your Ninja Foodi. Make sure you have some aluminum foil on hand. Also some baking beans (I’ve been reusing the same raw mung beans for years) to ‘blind bake’ the pie crust. More on that below.
- pie dough
- baking beans
Blind Baking the Crust
Preheat the Ninja Foodi on the ‘bake’ setting with the steamer insert (pictured below) positioned so the grate is closest to the bottom of the Ninja Foodi. Insert and shape the pie crust in your pie pan the way you’d like it! Crimped edges or no! If it’s your first time trying this, maybe don’t expect a perfect crimped edge, because it can be a little tricky to fish out the pie crust from the Ninja Foodi. Poke a few holes in the crust with fork tines. Lay a piece of parchment paper over the raw pie crust and fill it with baking beans. This is a blind bake and is good to do with raw pie crusts to prevent it from puffing up. I made a crisscross of two pieces of aluminum foil across the bottom of the pie pan to be able to lower it into the Foodi and assist in removing it.
Baking the Crust a Second Time
Carefully remove the parchment paper and baking beans from the pie crust. The beans will be hot! Place the pie crust back into the Foodi and bake it until the middle raw and ‘wet’ looking part is evenly cooked, just like the edges. This is when you can get creative and start thinking about what to fill your pie crust with! I made a rhubarb custard and topped it with crushed meringue. Delicious!
Ninja Foodi Pie Crust
- Ninja Foodi
- Ninja Foodi reversible rack
- Aluminum Foil
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Beans
- 9" Pie Crust Pan Ensuring there is barely or no lip
- 1 9" pie crust
- Preheat the Ninja Foodi to 325F on the Bake setting.
- Meanwhile, shape your raw pie crust and fit it into the pie plate. Crimp the edges if desired and poke the bottom and sides with tines of a fork.
- Place a piece of parchment paper overtop of the pie crust and trim it so that there is not too much excess. fill it with baking beans.
- Make two long-ish aluminum foil rolls so that they can cross one another underneath the the bottom of the pie crust. Use this or just one of the aluminum foil rolls to lower the pie crust onto the reversable metal Ninja Foodi instert rack on the low position. Use this to lower the pie into the Ninja Foodi.
- Bake for 15 min.
- Carefully remove using oven mits and the aluminum foil rolls carefully.
- Carefully remove the parchment paper and baking beans out of the pie crust.
- Return the crust and place onto the rack inside the Ninja Foodi.
- Bake until the center is cooked through and golden brown, about 10-15 min.
- Allow to cool completely before filling with desired ingredients.
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