True or false: At Thanksgiving dinner you stuff your face and your belly so full that you can barely move.
True or false: You do this because the Thanksgiving feast is so insanely good.
True or false: After you’re incredibly stuffed, someone brings out the pie.
True or false: You usually eat a slice of pie but not as much as you’d like because you’re already about to bust at the seams.
True or false: Eating that piece of pie is painful at best and often straight-up torture.
True or false: The pie is one of the best things at Thanksgiving dinner and almost always one of the least appreciated as well.
True or false: There is an answer to all of this.
If you answered true for all of these, I actually have the answer for you! It’s called Pie Night and my family has been doing it for years.
Truth be told, it’s probably my favorite extended family tradition of the year.
And yes, you may steal it and add it into your family routine if you like. In fact, I’ll be overly offended if you don’t.
The way it works is this.
The Monday before Thanksgiving, everyone in the extended family gets together (that was last night) for Pie Night. Each family brings one or two or three or six pies. We display them all. We slice them all. And then we all dig in.
It’s as simple as that.
We do it because nobody ever has room for all the yummy pies on Thanksgiving Day. We do it because pie deserves more attention. We do it because baking pies is fun. And, we do it because pie is just… plain… good.
Oh, plus it’s how we all get to see each other every year since our families are all starting to spread to the wind.
This year, Noah and I made two pies. Both were strawberry pies, but we added an amazing (if I do say so myself) twist. We melted chocolate and “painted” the pie crusts with it. Then we stuck the strawberries into the chocolate before pouring our strawberry filling on top. We call it “chocolate-dipped strawberry pie.” And it turned out so good. We made one with white chocolate and one with milk chocolate. The recipe is on page two if you want it.
Of course, our pies were just two of many, all which were so much better than those typical every-year store-bought pies. All made with love. All from the heart.
And now I’m 2 lbs. heavier than the day before.
So there’s your answer. You can finally have your pie and eat it too.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
I wonder if your strawberry pie would work with a graham cracker crust? I'm lazy like that, and my pie crusts always taste like dog poo.
I would LOVE to know what each pie was..especially the cinnabon crusted one and the 3rd one pictured!! Comeon Dan!! you dont have to get all the recipies but the names of the pies would be so great!
We have a family we know that introduced us to pie night almost 10 years ago now! It's an awesome idea!!!
Excellent idea! I started my own tradition of having a slice of pumpkin pie for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. It's great with coffee plus I know I'd never be able to eat it after dinner.
Every year the night before thanksgiving my mom makes about 12 pies for the big day along with preparing the stuffing and bird. As I got older I started to help with the pies. Those memories will always be some of my favorites. Now that I'm a chef, my chores have also taken up making the bird, stuffing and gravy. Though I may not be home for the holidays helping my mom do it, I feel like she is right next to me lending a hand.
TRUE Soooo painful sometimes I just eat the custard that is on the inside, hide the crust under the bones of the turkey. Hope no one really reads my comments.
Love it! We do something similar where we have "dinn-ert" night every so often & just have dessert for dinner.
Why did you have to bring this evil into my life? This is on par with skipping the bowl because hey, you can eat the chips right out of the bag(or the ice cream out of the container). I love/hate you, Dan.
My brother & his wife have a "Why The Hell Not?! Party" the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Everyone brings their leftovers (or paper products) to share and we hang out, chat & just EAT. Again. LOL
We went to a Pie Party with a friend's family when we lived in Salt Lake. It is one of my favorite memories of my time there! I hope to start this tradition with friends where we are now!
Love it! I am the pie baker in my family (on both sides). My in-laws are just as happy with a Mrs. Smith's Pie (blasphemy!) so I make the really good ones for my family. :-) We enjoy eating pie all week!
@Gabriel A.H. I was thinking the exact same thing!
@bilmax This. I'm 31 though. I wanna come too!