It's July in America and y'all know what that means....beers, buds, bbqs, blowing stuff up and Bourbon Cherry Pie. While these are some of the reasons I love this country, they are a big metaphorical slice of what makes living in the land of the free so exceptional. A lot of us tend to take our freedoms for granted, whether it's freedom of speech, the right to vote or simply the liberty of instantly streaming any 80's buttrock music video we desire (thank you YouTube and Warrant for providing us with this American classic). As Americans, it's important that we recognize how lucky we were just to be Born in the USA.
The relaxed summer vibe that comes with the 4th is a powerful thing where I come from. Folks go all in to show their patriotism by filling up on tater pigs (it's a real thing) and loading up on (possibly illegal) fireworks/explosives just to see who can create the biggest bang. Since I can't be back in my old stomping grounds celebrating with my family this holiday, I did the next best thing and came up with a recipe for a true American pie. This recipe for Cherry Bourbon Pie with a stars and stripes design is pretty patriotic. Made with sweet locally grown cherries, Kentucky straight bourbon and a crust as buttery as a biscuit, this pie is basically 'Merica on a plate. The bourbon mellows the sweetness of the cherries and the orange and bitters bring a touch of Old Fashioned americana to the filling. My All Butter Vodka Pie Dough wraps the bourbon cherry filling in a flaky blanket of broad stripes and bright stars launching your tastebuds higher than a bottle rocket.
So, as the skies light up and the drinks go down this Independence Day, remember to be grateful for your freedom. And maybe if you're feeling extra thankful, give a little fist bump to those who poured your beer, grilled your dog or baked your pie. Happy Birthday America!Print