Food Network has a popular and easy-to-follow Emeril Lagasse recipe for deep-dish apple pie made with Granny Smith and Macintosh apples. This pie yields eight servings.
To make Food Network's recipe, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a saute pan, melt 3 tablespoons butter and then add 2 pounds sliced Granny Smith apples and 2 pounds sliced Macintosh apples.
Cook for two minutes, and then add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, the juice of 1 lemon and 4 tablespoons flour. Season with a pinch of ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix and remove from the heat. Mix in 1 cup pecan pieces.
Make pie dough by sifting 2 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar and 3/4 teaspoons salt. Work in 11 tablespoons chopped butter and 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening. Add 4 tablespoons ice water until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Cut the dough in half and roll it out to 12 inches in diameter. Place one circle of dough in a 10-inch deep pie pan, and spoon the apples into the pan. Place the other circle over the filling and seal the dough firmly. Make slits across the pie dough, brush with 1 beaten egg and bake for 75 minutes. Remove the pie, sprinkle 4 ounces grated Wisconsin sharp cheddar on top, and bake for another eight minutes.