100 Must-Eat American Foods Challenge: Key Lime Pie

So I’m working my way through this challenge here. Unfortunately, for the time being, I’m having to skip over New Mexico Green Chile – a) I can not handle the spiciness now and b) I couldn’t find a good source for that. At the moment, I’m also going to skip over Tasso Ham and Maine Lobster. They are both cost prohibitive. But, you can order Tasso Ham online and I found two restaurants in Milwaukee that serve Maine Lobster, so when our funds are a little more allowing, I will come back and do those two. I want to try these new foods and have new experiences. I have never, ever had lobster, for example. And tasso ham sounds amazing.

So that leaves me with the next thing on the list I have not tried: key lime pie.

For the purposes of this, I decided to make my own, like I did with the Hoppin’ John. I chose this recipe from Emeril. It was my first time baking a pie so I was really worried that it wouldn’t turn out, but it did and it was just fine. It was a pretty easy pie recipe. I did cheat and used a pre-made graham cracker crust instead of making one from scratch, mostly because I already had one in my cupboard.

It doesn’t look like much, but there she is, my first pie.


Verdict: I have to say after trying this, I do not think I am a huge fan of Key Lime Pie. I don’t think it’s a food for me. It’s super, super limey. I suppose this should have been expected lol but I just could not handle it. Maybe it was just being pregnant, but the lime was just too overwhelming. My sister-in-law, who is visiting, liked it though. And who knows what Nick will think? He isn’t home from work yet and so he hasn’t tried it. I don’t think I’ll be making it again, but you know what, now I tried it and I didn’t die from trying something new. That’s the whole point of this is to get me out of my comfort zone and trying new things, not that I have to necessarily like the new things that I try.


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