Pies at Thanksgiving are a tradition in most households. But they can end up being a lot of work whether you are making the main course or bringing them to a gathering. You can never have too many pies. They are the leftovers people want to take home. Here are some holiday pie suggestions that aren’t a huge and stressful project.
I like to make my “pies” in the slow cooker. It’s so easy and they turn out so moist and delicious. Once you try this method, it will become a yearly tradition.
Here are my three favorite pies. But you can substitute other ingredients to make you favorite pie.
This method is great for any one-crust pie.
First–spray the inside pot of the slow cooker. A 6 quart slow cooker will work best. You can always use a 3 quart slow cooker if you want a smaller pie, but cut the ingredients in half.
Second–place a piece of parchment paper over the bottom of the slow cooker and up about 2 inches.
Third–place a pie crust (homemade or store bought) over the parchment paper. Make sure the edges come at least one inch above the bottom.
Fourth–add your favorite pecan pie filling mixture (or another favorite mixture).
Fifth–put the lid on and set the slow cooker to between 2 to 3 hours on low.
When pie is finished cooking, simply lift it out of the slow cooker using the edges of the parchment paper. Enjoy by itself or with a dollop of cream.
Apple pie is loved by everyone. It is good hot or cold. It is delicious by itself or with some ice cream, whipping cream or a piece of cheddar cheese. This recipe is not only a hit at Thanksgiving, but all year long.
Some will consider this apple pie recipe to be an apple cobbler instead of a classic pie, but you won’t receive any complaints because it is so tasty, moist and delicious.
You can substitute cherries, peaches, or berries for the apples if you are so inclined and still get the same yummy outcome. A big time saver is to use canned pie filling instead of making it from scratch.
If you don’t make it for Thanksgiving, keep it in mind to try out for another time because it is so easy to make.
Pumpkin pie is served at Thanksgiving more than any other time of the year. This tradition goes back to our ancestors because pumpkins were readily available during the fall. This is more of a pumpkin pudding pie variation, but so succulent you may end up liking it better than the typical pie.
There are a number of different of options in this pumpkin pie recipe. You can even scoop a real pumpkin out and make the pumpkin filling from scratch (like your great, great, great, great grandmother did). But any way you try it, making it in the slow cooker is sure to be a hit because of the moistness. (Hint: also great for breakfast!)
What I like most about making desserts in the slow cooker is that is leaves space in the oven for the turkey, casseroles, and keeping things warm until the big event.