Some pie crust recipes call for oil or butter instead of shortening. To make a pie crust with oil, whisk the dry ingredients together, then add the oil. Stir the ingredients until the dough is moist. Use wax paper to roll the crust, or press it into the pie plate.
Boston Globe staff members performed a blind taste test to determine what type of fat makes the best crust: butter, oil, shortening, butter and shortening, or lard. More people chose the crust made with oil than any of the other crusts because of its flaky texture and ideal flavor. Use olive oil for robust flavor or create neutral flavor with canola or vegetable oil.