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Non-traditional pies that are worth it... Thanksgiving

So in my family, Thanksgiving is the one holiday when folks kinda wig out when tradition is messed with. But this year we are going to friends' for the big feast and I'm bringing the pies.
I'll definitely make at least one old-skool pie, but would love to know if there are new, hipster
pies that you think are worth it. Would love to do something fun with cranberry/pecan perhaps?
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  1. Not hipster... but I usually bring a key lime tart or lemon meringue pie. Light and refreshing after a heavy meal

    1. Also don't know if these qualify as hipster, but I'm thinking about making the nutmeg maple cream pie from the New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/15/din... and the cranberry almond tart from City Bakery -- the recipe can be found in a few different places online.

      Ina Garten's pecan bars are very good. I love pecans, but am never satisfied by pecan pie. This ends up being a great riff on the idea, and nice because you could just eat a small square (or five). The recipe is up on the food network site, but I didn't go the extra step and dunk them in chocolate. And I'm thinking about an apple galette as well -- again, to keep with the overall idea of Thanksgiving tradition, but in a slightly different form.

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      1. re: kdcs

        I made the maple nutmeg cream pie and it is good--like a maple custard pie. Thanks for the recipe.

      2. I don't know if this really counts as non-traditional, but I love jazzing up apple pies. Lemon and rosemary is very good. I also like to make a haroset-inspired apple pie that includes raisins, walnuts, honey, cinnamon and sweet wine.

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        1. re: LolaP

          Raspberry Cream Pie and Chocolate Cream Pie are both good, easy to make. Let me know if you want recipes.

        2. Two years ago (the last time I hosted Thanksgiving) I tried a pear-cranberry pecan-oatmeal streusel pie that was totally yummy. I'm making it again this year along with the traditional pecan and sweet potato pies.

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          1. re: cycloneillini

            Would you be willing to share your sweet potato pie recipe or technique? I had a slice of sweet potato pie a few months ago and can't get it out of my mind. I don't care for pumpkin pie but this sweet potato pie was outta this world!

            1. re: dimsumgirl

              My fave sweet potato pie recipe is from Bill Neal's book, "Biscuits, Spoonbread, and Sweet Potato Pie." I don't have the book handy at the moment, but you might be able to find the recipe online. I'll try to post it later.

          2. Last year we made Pichet Ong's Kabocha Squash Pie, with the walnut-graham cracket-lime crust which is easily findable online. It is made with cream cheese, is quite easy and was an enormous hit. On the menu again this year for sure, a great sub for traditional pumpkin. I also like sweetpotato pie a great deal - if you are a pie baker its worth it to learn this pie, but the Kabocha tart is really the biggest winner we have had in recent years.