8 Mini Pie Recipes That Are Perfect for Smaller Thanksgiving Dinners
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Needless to say, Thanksgiving this year is going to look a little different than it has in the past. As we consider all the safe ways we can still celebrate—bringing the party outdoors, hosting virtual dinner parties, buying a turkey online to avoid grocery store crowds—there's one clear and obvious answer: Keep your Thanksgiving festivities intimate. Thanks to travel restrictions and smart safety precautions, turkey day guests lists are going to be trimmed down this year, and your holiday menu should follow suit. We're all in favor of leftovers, but who needs the stress of cooking a massive bird if it's just going to be you and the kids?
The good news is that eating turkey and mashed potatoes with loved ones isn't canceled, and same goes for the grand finale: dessert. These individually-sized pies are the perfect addition to your holiday spread this year. They're made with easy press-in crusts or prepared pie dough, so assembly is a cinch. Everyone gets their own, so there's no need to fuss over slicing the perfect piece—or adding yet another 'high touch point' to your tablescape. All you’ll need to consider is whether to serve whipped cream or ice cream alongside (but we think it’s OK to have both).
Pear-Blueberry Mini Pies With Lattice Crust
Don’t be intimidated by the charming lattice work on top of these mini pies. All you have to do is work in sections: Lay 3 strips across the pies in one direction and fold back on either side to weave the remaining strips over and under. The good news is, you’ve got 12 tries to get it just right (and they taste great no matter what).