Everyone saves room for pie, and it's usually the same pie every year, so we took the classics and jazzed them up without reimagining them in any way that would alarm traditionalists at the table.
Thanksgiving Pie Recipes
"Shouldn't say this, but it's better than Aunt Mae's."
Touched with maple and a little bourbon, our pecan pie will wow the pecanophiles. Unless, of course, they're the pumpkin-or-nothing types. Either way, bake a ringer, too: maybe something completely different. Quince, anyone?
Double-Crust Apple Pie
A double crust seals in the apples' natural juices as the pie bakes for full-on apple flavor. Tossing the apples with apple juice keeps them from browning as you peel and slice them, and it adds a boost of apple flavor.
Maple-Bourbon Pecan Pie
Maple syrup and bourbon infuse the pie with distinctive sweetness. For a decadent treat, top warm pie with low-fat vanilla ice cream.
This juicy double-crusted beauty combines two favorite fall season flavors. We suggest using Grade B maple syrup in the pie filling because it is less refined and has stronger maple taste, though grade A will work just fine in this recipe.
Ginger Pumpkin Pie with Toasted Coconut
Ginger and coconut add warm, flavorful accents to this Thanksgiving classic. If you'd like a dollop of something creamy, top with fat-free whipped topping.
French Apple Tart
The free-form apple tart is mighty easy because it works from a store-bought crust—yet it's just spectacular, and so evocative of the season.
Quince Tart with Pine Nut Caramel Glaze
For that elegant dinner, consider a pine nut-studded quince tart—an exotic Old World sweet to give thanks for. Quince is a hard fall fruit with sweet-tangy flavor. You'll find quince paste in specialty stores and most supermarkets.