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No matter how hard you try, Thanksgiving is not going to be a healthy meal (if you prepare it so it's enjoyable anyway). If you want to mash your potatoes with fake butter, serve your skinless turkey breast without gravy and have a tiny sliver of non-whipped-cream topped pie, that's your prerogative.
The other option is to just go for it: butter in the mashers, gravy on the turkey and a super insane piece of pie on Thanksgiving. And then wake up on Friday and go to the gym. I vote plan B. here are some suggestions on where to find that insane pie.
“It would be very difficult to ensure that our customers received a great pie in the mail. If it were possible, it would likely be very expensive. Rather than spending $50 or more getting one of our pies shipped to you, we suggest you might be able to find a great local baker, professional or not, that can make you a great pie. Perhaps it’s a friend’s aunt, a neighbor or the lady whose pies win every year at the county fair. Instead of giving money to a shipping company use it to become the patron of a local pie maker!”
Grateful Gobbler Pie at Fork & Pie Bar - Chattanooga, Tennessee
And then there’s the outright unconventional Grateful Gobbler, a combination of oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce and turkey gravy in individual pie tins. No, this doesn’t classify as a holiday dessert but here’s something great about the Grateful Gobbler: Fork & Pie is donating the proceeds for each one sold through Thanksgiving to the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition.
Bud’s Chocolate Chip OMG! Pie at Royers Pie Haven - Round Top, Texas
Royers has strong feelings about topping your pie with Amy’s ice cream: Specifically, they charge 50 cents extra if customers don’t have the ice cream with their slice. “It is so wrong to not top your pie with Amy’s Ice Cream!!” they explain.
Caramel Pumpkin Pecan Pie at the Choc’late Mousse Pie Bar - Lubbock, Texas
The current favorite is Caramel Pumpkin Pecan, made with pumpkin pie filling, caramel pecan sauce, whipped cream and your choice of crust (Nilla Wafer & pecan is one option, pretzel is another and thin mint is yet another, although that might not be the move with pumpkin pie). Choc’late Mousse Pie Bar also offers several ways to enjoy your pie, including Piefaits—two layers of crust and two layers of pie filling layered in a glass, topped with homemade whipped cream.
If you’re hitting Umami Burger for the holidays, you can also find Cake Monkey pies there. The original bakery ships overnight nationwide, plus delivers in the local L.A. area.
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