Pie is a classic American dessert that most people love to enjoy at the end of a meal. Some relate pie to autumn or Thanksgiving, but it really can be the perfect dish for any season. It's a very easy and impressive dessert and can be filled with fruit, custard, pudding or nuts. Made even easier with pre-made ingredients and shortcuts, pie is so good, there are even cocktails inspired by it.
Pie has been around for centuries, and historians say that the Greeks were the first people to create pie dough using water and flour. In other countries, pies were mostly savory and filled with different kinds of meat. Over time, people realized that they could sweeten pie with sugar instead of being all savory. It's believed that pie became popular in America around the 1800s. Whether you love a classic banana cream pie or you're more of a key lime fan, we picked the best of the best pie recipes to try this holiday season, both sweet and savory.
1. All-Purpose Pie Dough
A good start to a delicious pie is flaky, buttery dough. Try not to over-mix it because you do not want to end up with a tough dough. Many recipes will suggest using a food processor to make the dough.
If you do not have one, no problem! You can use a pastry cutter or even two knives. Check out this simple recipe for pie dough.
2. Classic American Apple Pie
There's something about apple pie that is so comforting. The combination of spices, brown sugar, the sweet apples and of course, the pie dough make this a winner for any holiday from Halloween to Thanksgiving.
Try using different types of apples in your pie to see which you like best, like Granny Smith and Pink Gala. You can also add fresh cranberries for tartness. Check out this recipe for an incredible double crust pie that's so much easier to make than you think.
3. Cranberry Orange Tart
Cranberries are a great way to brighten up your table this holiday season! They are a pretty tart fruit, but are sweetened with sugar and orange zest.
This is the perfect pie for when you're in the mood for something less traditional during the holiday season. Cranberries and orange are classic combination and whether you use a regular pie crust or graham cracker crust, try out this recipe.
4. Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie
This sweet pie is a great twist on a traditional pecan pie. With the additions of maple syrup and of course bourbon, this pie filling is taken to the next level. A little bourbon is always a good thing! Take a look at this cocktail inspired by pecan pie.
5. Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie is a personal favorite and even better when topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream! I sometimes add a splash of bourbon and a little cinnamon to my whipped cream for some extra flavor.
This is a delicious and simple recipe to try.
6. Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust
This apple pie is definitely something to talk about around the kitchen table! The filling tastes like normal apple pie, but the crust is different because there is cheddar cheese included in the dough. Who would've thought that this flavor combination could actually work?
Try out this pie to impress your guests! Sure, you can have a classic cherry pie or other fruit pie any time of year, but there's something about a cheddar crust that just says autumn. Here is the recipe.
7. Free Form Peach Pie
The name pretty much says it all. This type of pie is not prepared in a pie dish, but on a sheet pan much like a galette. You can still use pie dough for that flaky pie crust and it is best if filled with fruit. Try out different fruits that are in season, and make a Strawberry Pie or a Blueberry Pie with this fun recipe.
8. Chocolate Cream Pie
If you are a chocolate lover, than this pie is for you! Homemade chocolate pudding is made for this recipe with an added hint of espresso powder to really bring out the flavors. Try using different kinds of chocolate to see which you like best: semi-sweet, bittersweet chocolate, or milk chocolate.
You can also add slices of banana to the bottom of the baked pie crust for a Banana Chocolate Cream Pie, or frozen raspberries into the mix for a Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie. Here's the recipe for this great blank slate! Still not enough chocolate? Try making this chocolate pie dough or adding white chocolate shavings to the top of the pie itself.
Want a break from the sweetness? Well, savory pies do exist and are a very satisfying meal. Most look stunning on your table whether it's for your valentine, an Easter crowd, or a hungry Christmas dinner crew.
9. Mushroom Pie
This pie is filled with with wild mushrooms and fresh herbs. The filling is surrounded by another cheese crust, this time using Parmesan. Mouthwatering!
Even if you're not a fan of mushrooms, this is a versatile recipe that can even use meat if you want something heartier. Here is the recipe.
10. Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is a perfect meal and has everything you need: vegetables, meat and pie crust. So hearty and flavorful, the great thing you can do is use leftover shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken.
The added egg wash brushed on top of the pie dough before gives you a shiny crust. Check out this recipe.
11. Shepherd's Pie
Shepherd's pie is another pie with all the essential foods: meat, vegetables, and herbs all tucked under a cozy mashed potato blanket. This pie is different because it has a mashed potato crust. Get crafty and turn it into a subtle lattice crust the photo above, or go classic and top with a buttermilk pie crust. Here is the recipe.
Do you prefer savory or sweet pies? Let us know in the comments below!