Saturday, May 17, 2008

Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant Key Lime Pie Recipe

We had the opportunity to enjoy another wonderful meal at the famous Joe's Stone Crab restaurant in South Beach. Joe's is one of those old time, elegant venues with a professional wait staff that anticipates your every need.

Of course their specialty is seafood, and it is fresh and delicious, but they also serve chicken, very good steaks, and lamb. I had the Mahi-Mahi grilled with pepper-lime butter, with lobster toast and peppadew oil. My husband enjoyed the Grouper served over a shrimp and white bean stew. For side dishes we chose our favorite grilled tomatoes, and the steamed asparagus. And of course a nice bottle of Chardonnay from New Zealand. It was a memorable feast.

Joe's dessert menu never disappoints. Our favorites are the Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae, or the fabulous Key Lime Pie. Here's the recipe direct from Joe's for the Key Lime Pie:

Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant Key Lime Pie

Source: Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant, Miami Beach, Florida

Graham Cracker Crust
1 wax paper wrapped package graham crackers,1/3 of a
1 pound box, or 1 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons graham
crackers crumbs
5 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar

3 egg yolks
Grated zest of 2 limes (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (if you can get Key
limes use those but regular limes will do)

I cup heavy or whipping cream, chilled
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

For the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch pie pan.

Break up into crumbs in food processor or place crackers in a large plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add melted butter and sugar and stir. Press crumb mixture into pan forming a neat border around the edge. Bake until set and golden, about 8 minutes, and set aside. Keep oven on.

For the filling: In an electric mixer with a wire whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks and lime zest at high speed until very fluffy, about 5 minutes, Gradually add the condensed milk and continue to beat until thick, 3 or 4 minutes longer. Lower the mixer speed and slowly add the lime juice, mixing until combined, no longer. Pour mixture into the crust. Bake for 10 minutes or until filling has just set. Cool on a wire rack, then refrigerate, Freeze for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

For the topping: Whip the cream and confectioners sugar until nearly stiff. Cut the pie into wedges and serve very cold. Top each wedge with dollop of whipped cream.

If you can't make it to Miami Beach, Joe's also has locations in Las Vegas and Chicago. It's well worth a try. You're going to love it!

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