Holiday Pie Ideas

Nov 13, 2015

What would Thanksgiving be without a little pumpkin pie? Or apple? Or lemon meringue? Alright, sorry – we really like pie.

And who wouldn’t? It’s a perfect treat that you and your loved ones can enjoy after a long holiday feast. This year, take a pass on boring old cookies or brownies. Whether you want to make a sweet dessert or bring something new to the dinner table, your family and friends will love these holiday pie ideas!

Authentic Sausage Meat Pie

The first meat pies can be tied back to the Ancient Greeks, who adopted the traditional ancient Egyptian’s pie (oat, wheat, rye, barley and honey). These pastries became a staple in Medieval England (think Magpie!), and even Latin America has their version of the meat pie called an empanada.

Turkey or Chicken Pot Pie

Is there a dish that defines “comfort food” better than pot pie? Talk about a perfect day-after-the-holiday treat! All you’ll need for this recipe is some frozen veggies, unbaked piecrust, broth, seasoning, and of course, cooked turkey or chicken.

The first step is to cook/drain the veggies (we like onions, peas and carrots – the classics!). Then, with melted butter; stir in flour, salt, pepper, spices, broth and some milk. Once the mixture thickens, remove from heat, stir in the veggies and chicken/turkey meat and place into piecrusts. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and cook for 30-35 minutes, making sure the crust isn’t getting too brown. Voila!

Dessert Pies

We saved the sweetest pie for last! Dessert pies are a holiday staple, and you’d be remiss to show up to your holiday feast without a simple fruit or nut pie. Some of our favorites include apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie. But there are tons of fruits and other ingredients you can choose to give your pie a unique twist.

Food & Wine has put together a great list of their Top 10 All-Time Favorite Pies. For more inspiration this holiday season, visit here.