Just in time for Thanksgiving, I received an email about a campaign by the American Pecan Council (APC) about their Pecan ThanksEverything Pie. Pecans, of course, are the star ingredient. But what piqued my curiosity is the campaign features one pie with eight slices of eight different popular Thanksgiving dishes.
My love for pecans and my mom’s Thanksgiving dishes prompted me to click on the link and see what this was all about. The link took me to americanpecan.com/thankseverything, where a two-minute video introduces two sisters, Emily and Melissa Elsen, daughters of a Midwestern grain farmer, who agreed to create this unique dish. The pie contains individual slices: Turkey pot pie; mac and cheese; cranberry; sweet potato casserole (my favorite holiday dish); squash pecan and sausage stuffing; green bean casserole; chocolate pecan pie; and interestingly, a slice of roasted veggie and potato mash. The crust contains pecans and each slice is garnished with American’s native nut, whether they’re candied, or part of the breadcrumbs topped on the mac and cheese or toasted.
Now, for those who are panicked or possibly grossed out at the thought of all of this being together in one pie, allow me to settle your fears. The sisters made individual pies of each dish and then sliced a piece of each to create this all-in-one pie. Yes, the slices are touching, but honestly, it looks amazing! And what a fun twist on a traditional meal. As they say in their video, they’re putting the entire holiday table into one pie.
If you live in New York City or happen to be there Nov. 15, the pies will be for sale at the sister’s pie bakery, Brooklyn’s Four & Twenty Blackbirds. The sisters will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to a local community center. But if you are like me and NYC is unfortunately not on your holiday travel calendar, the recipes are online. (If you make this ThanksEverything Pie, I want to hear from you and see pictures! I’m not sure I have the patience to try.)
What motivated APC to create this all-in-one delicacy? Pecans, of course. But also, America’s love affair with pies, which according to a YouGov survey, is the must-have holiday dessert, outranking cake and cookies. The survey also shows that two-thirds of Americans are interested in trying new recipes, including twists on holiday classics. If you haven’t been to APC’s website, you might give it a look. The site provides a variety of recipes from No-Bake Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bites to Sweet Potato Casserole with Bourbon Pecan Crumble and Pecan Apple Stuffing.
I don’t know what you will serve this holiday season or how you will serve it but whether it’s in slices from a pie dish or out of a roaster, the Farm Press staff would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Pass the pie, please.