Are any of you still eating leftover turkey? Pumpkin Pie is one of my top five favorite pies and this gluten free pumpkin pie is one that you should make even for Christmas.
Wait! Did I say Christmas? It's hard to believe this past week went by in a flash. After spending weeks of deciding what our menu would be and thinking what desserts I would make this year, it's now time to plan for my favorite holiday of the year! We had turkey and all the sides for four days. There was the turkey our friend made and brought over and his stuffing. There was my husband's Italian chestnut and sausage stuffing (amazing!!)and then there was the turkey dinner my mom made at her house this past Sunday. There has been a lot of time spend with family and friends and turkey and we have been very happy!
How was your Thanksgiving? As usual, ours was a feast celebrated with a lot of Italians (and this time, a few Portuguese friends that are like family). We all contributed with something and as I mentioned, I was in charge of the desserts. It's funny that even restaurants in Italy have Thanksgiving menus. I just saw on Twitter a menu at a restaurant in Florence to celebrate to Thanksgiving and they had crostata di zucca gialla for dessert (a pumpkin tart). But I've even seen on Italian cooking shows the host making American "Pumpkin Pie"and you can come across plenty of recipes on Italian food blogs for "Pumpkin Pie".
And a lot of time with pies! What can I tell you, I just love to bake pies, tarts and crostatas. I was planning to make some gluten free desserts for our friends that were coming for the feast last Thursday but also for one of my family members. We have been trying to cut out gluten and it hasn't been easy. It's actually been lots of fun experimenting with different flours and different ideas. Like this pumpkin pie!! The crust is so easy to make. It comes together in minutes and is so light! I did make my regular crust for one pecan pie and another pumpkin pie and I also bought the Whole Foods gluten free pie crust to give it a try and it was flaky and very good! Can I just brag a little about the pecan pie? I haven't made it in a few years and it was just because it takes a few extra steps and because I was trying different recipes out. But what a regret! That pie is something you have to try, if you like pecan pie!
So our Thanksgiving was a little more Italian than American this year. We invited our friend Aldo from Calabria. He brought over enough food to feed about 50 people. There were trays of stuffed cannelloni (stuffed with ricotta and with meat). There were 3 different trays of stuffed peppers (large and small peppers). He also made stuffed eggplant Calabrese style and also another small try of a vegetarian lasagna. It was so hard to pass his Italian buffet on the way to the turkey spread and not try a little something from each tray. There were almost 20 of us this year and everyone left with containers of food and there was even some to share with neighbors and leftovers. We were blessed with friends, family and delicious food.
The pie crust was delicious! I found the recipe last year in the Thanksgiving issue of my Martha Stewart magazine. I used salted almonds instead of unsalted. I think you could even use pecans and have a perfect crust for your pie.