Four Thanksgiving Pie Options That Aren't Pumpkin

By now, the leaves have changed color, nights are cooler and the Canada geese are once again migrating. That means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Pumpkin is the traditional Thanksgiving pie, of course, but that doesn't mean you should...

By now, the leaves have changed color, nights are cooler and the Canada geese are once again migrating. That means Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

Pumpkin is the traditional Thanksgiving pie, of course, but that doesn't mean you should limit yourself to just this classic dessert. Here are four other types you might try baking this year, just to do something a little different:

Sweet Potatoe Pie
Sweet Potatoe Pie

Sweet Potato: Sweet Potato Pie is similar enough to pumpkin pie that no traditionalists will be offended. The subtle differences may be enough, though, to scratch your itch for something new. The Food Network has a good recipe for an impressive-looking Sweet Potato Pie (that meringue!), though you might want to consider cutting down the sugar a bit so you can taste the sweet potato, rather than the just the sugar itself.

Pecan: In the southern United States, pecan pie is a popular addition to the holiday table. Here's one recipe that we like. A few things about this pie: Pecans are expensive, so this can be a costly dessert to make, and pecan pie almost always calls for corn syrup, so it is very, very sweet. It also might not be the best choice for inexperienced bakers, since it's easy to make a mistake and wind up with a soupy filling.

Pecan Pie
Pecan Pie

Mincemeat: Mincemeat is very polarizing -- people seem to either really love this combination of fruit, spices and rum, or they really hate it. This recipe calls for you to make your own mincemeat filling, but you can also buy commercially prepared mincemeat to save time.

Cranberry: A pie filling made with only cranberries would be quite tart. Bon Appetit's recipe adds blueberries and raspberries to temper it a bit. Here's an insider tip: A little cornstarch or arrowroot starch can help keep a fruit-based filling from getting too watery or runny. No one likes a soggy pie!

Cranberry Pie
Cranberry Pie

If you have any questions or would like further recommendations, contact us here at the shop. We're big pie fans, so we'd be happy to recommend a cookbook or suggest a recipe not listed here.