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Pie Night!

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

121 comments
sassycyra
sassycyra

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.

lynne1000
lynne1000

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!

Angelique Wellhoff Asher
Angelique Wellhoff Asher

We have a family we know that introduced us to pie night almost 10 years ago now! It's an awesome idea!!!

Alicia Daniels
Alicia Daniels

Nanette Mohring Jennie Hill Daniels Connie Hable Rivera this is the best idea ever

Jayleen Telford
Jayleen Telford

My family does this! It's one of our favorite traditions. :)

Terri McGraw Ottman
Terri McGraw Ottman

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.

JudySims
JudySims

forget adding the tradition, i want an address and adoption consideration, those pies look insane!


ecm1887
ecm1887

Love it! Thanks for sharing! I hope to get this started!

Jessi Gordon
Jessi Gordon

This is brilliant! I will have to start doing this myself!

Lillian Hugo Wilkinson
Lillian Hugo Wilkinson

And remember its ok to ruin your apetite, Because you will always get another one

Bryan Struemke
Bryan Struemke

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.

Jessica Lukowski
Jessica Lukowski

Pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving for breakfast is a must in our family!:)

Heather Tudhope
Heather Tudhope

And then you can repeat it ON Pie (Pi) day, March 14. :)

Thea Roessler
Thea Roessler

Amazing! I'll be at your house this year! ;)

Kat O'dell
Kat O'dell

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.

Gypsy Hippie
Gypsy Hippie

Dessert 1st & No Problems My mom taught me well ;)

Sarah Moore
Sarah Moore

Love it! We do something similar where we have "dinn-ert" night every so often & just have dessert for dinner.

Dana Schoppe
Dana Schoppe

eat it first- there's always room for more ;)

Heather Norton Bird
Heather Norton Bird

Our Pie Night is on Pi Day in March--we have savory pies for dinner & sweet pies for dessert!

Gabriel Loki Harrison
Gabriel Loki Harrison

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.

Gabriel A.H.
Gabriel A.H.

Whatever that pie is with the caramel drizzled on top, I want the recipe. <3

Stevi Wright
Stevi Wright

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

bilmax
bilmax

Would your family be interested in adopting a 76 year old little boy?

Suzi
Suzi

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!

Christine K. Lovold
Christine K. Lovold

Thank you Dan! I am creating an Evite RIGHT now and sending to friends. YUMM! :0

Jane Zippe Putscher
Jane Zippe Putscher

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!

Sarah Trefzger
Sarah Trefzger

OMG!!! This is genius!!!! May have to steal this idea!