Since time immemorial, Thanksgiving has purported to be a holiday whose primary food focus is the blessed turkey and its loyal side-dish apostles: the cranberry sauce, the stuffing, the gravy, the sweet potatoes, the brussel sprout sliders.
But what if everything you thought you knew about Thanksgiving was wrong? What if turkey wasn’t the star? What if the pilgrims didn’t even really like turkey? What if the real, true star of this annual feast is the pie? Or, more likely, pies?
It's a theory you might want to test this year, albeit with the help of a few nationwide food delivery services and seven of their finest Thanksgiving pies.
Because it's not like you can test this theory without pie...
This classic pecan number with double-roasted nuts and an all-butter crust hails from Muddy's Bake Shop in Memphis, and has received critical acclaim from the pie gatekeepers over at The New York Times and Travel & Leisure. Not that any of that really matters. Just look at how beautiful it is...$39, via Goldbely
Bud Royer is something of a pie-making legend from the very small town of Round Top, Texas, whose creations have taken the state (and the nation) by storm. This is his eponymous buttermilk chip pie, with a caramelized sugar crust and Southern pecans. Which—congratulations for you—officially qualifies it for Thanksgiving. $37, via Goldbely
Tired: A typical sweet potato-and-marshmallow side dish.
Wired: A homemade old fashioned sweet potato pie with hints of ginger and cinnamon from esteemed St. Louis-based pie company, It's Easy as Pie. $38, via Foody Direct
Fact: We couldn't very well come up with a list of Thanksgiving pies without including a Bourbon Pecan. Other fact: we couldn't include a Bourbon Pecan without including this Bourbon Pecan, from the respectably traditional artisanal bakers over at NYC's Breads Bakery. $50, via Foody Direct
Six years ago, Amanda Wilbanks started slinging her made-from-scratch pies at a small marketplace in Gainesville. Evidently, they were so damn good that she managed to start her own business, author a cookbook and make them available nationwide. Her cranberry apple crumble is topped with sugared pecan streusel and probably tastes delicious with or without vanilla ice cream. Although, we'd go "with." $70, via Dean & Deluca
You don't necessarily want to take a flyer on a classic. You want to go to a trusted source. Enter: California-based Sweet Things Bakery. They've been doing this since 1977, so you know they're doing something right. And that something is this sweet, subtly spicy pumpkin pie, topped with a pastry maple leaf. $50 (20% off with code FRIENDS), via Williams-Sonoma
You might've noticed that we have not yet included a straight-up apple pie. You might've thought, "Wait, what? No apple pie? Are these guys crazy?" You might've really thought that. But don't worry. Here's your apple pie. It comes from the revered Seattle pie shop, A La Mode, and is made with locally grown Washington Granny Smith apples, for good measure. Enjoy. $60, via Goldbely.