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Chocolate Pecan Pie and a Few Other Tasty Thanksgiving Ideas

Nine times out of ten, if you set me before a dessert buffet, I’m going to pick the chocolate option. I can’t help it. No matter how delicious the other options appear, chocolate almost always wins. It’s how my brain is wired, I guess. So, on Thanksgiving, when the table is abound with tempting dessert options of every kind imaginable, it’s a tough call for me. On any other day, I’d have a slice of each. But, on Thanksgiving, my stomach has usually reached full capacity by this point. Do I bypass those beautiful, seasonal pies to get a bit of my dearest chocolate? There was a day when I needed to make that tough decision, but not any more. Now, I have my seasonal pie and my chocolate too.

A few years ago, I discovered the magic of Chocolate Pecan Pie. It was an Emeril Lagasse recipe which originally won my heart. Such an ingenious idea; rich pecan pie coupled with bits of semi-sweet chocolate, melted and married to the pecans in pure Thanksgiving harmony. I’ve haven’t made a plain pecan pie since. Here’s my little twist on a chocolicious pecan pie.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 9″ Pie Shell (frozen or homemade)
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 cup Pecan Halves (slightly broken)
  • 3/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup White Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Eggs, lightly beaten

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the pie shell onto a foil lined baking sheet, to prevent oven spill-over. Scatter the chocolate chips on the bottom of the pie shell. Scatter the pecan pieces over the chocolate. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour the mixture over the pecans and chocolate. Bake for about 55 minutes, until set. Cool before serving.

And now, a few other delicious dessert ideas for your Thanksgiving table…

Fresh Pumpkin Coconut Pie

Caramel Apple Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Pie

Apple Walnut Crisp

Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie


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