In light of this fact, and knowing our own culinary limits, we opted for some easy to prepare dishes: green beans from a can, pre-made rolls, store bought cranberry sauce, and a prosciutto-wrapped pork loin in lieu of turkey. Don't let the pork loin fool you. It's crazy easy to make. However, it wouldn't feel like Thanksgiving to me without mashed potatoes, and Mike felt the same way about pumpkin pie. Lucky for me, Mike makes awesome mashed potatoes. Unlucky for me, I was stuck making a pumpkin pie. My first ever attempt on a very high pressure pie making day.
So here I bring you, Amy's 15 easy steps for making pumpkin pie.
1.) Find the easiest pumpkin pie recipe you can.
God bless All Recipes. I was able to find two recipes that would do - both listing pre-made crust as an ingredient. God bless pre-made crust. So I used the ingredients from this recipe and added the amount of vanilla extract listed in this one. I thought the vanilla might add a little something.
2.) Thaw your crust.
3.) Assemble ingredients.
Thankfully, I picked an easy recipe so this step did not take long.
5.) Attempt to get fancy.
6.) Try your best to ignore the cute dog making sad puppy eyes in the kitchen.
This will be difficult but you must press on. You have a pie to make!
7.) Break two eggs in a bowl and whisk them.That's really it for this step. No witty commentary necessary. I honestly took longer taking a photo of this step then I spent actually doing it.
8.) Put all remaining ingredients in to the bowl and stir.
9.) Realize what time it is and open a bottle of wine.
Leelanau Cellars while we were at Kristin and Galen's wedding.
10.) Pour contents of bowl into your pre-made crust.
11.) Take your mom's advice and dig out your cookie cutters.
I was talking to my mom earlier in the morning. I told her of my planned attempt to make a pumpkin pie. She assured me making pumpkin pie was really easy and even suggested a way for me to jazz up my pie. Since I bought two pre-made crusts, she said I should take the one I didn't plan on using and put some crust leaves on the top. Genius! The only problem was out of my tub of 100 cookie cutters (also courtesy of my mom), I couldn't find a single leaf. I found cutters for trophies, fire trucks, bats, dinosaurs, but no leaves. I finally settled on the pumpkin cookie cutter. It made sense.
12.) Cut leftover crust and get to baking.
13.) Pet the dog that was making sad puppy eyes at you earlier.
14.) After 40 minutes, take the pie out of the oven.
Then stick a fork it in to see if it's done.
15.) Let the pie cool on a wire rack for at minimum 2 hours.
My dinner was quite good by the way. It wasn't traditional. There wasn't a turkey. There wasn't stuffing. There wasn't a green bean casserole. But there was me and my man sitting at our table and eating by candle light. That's not a practice we do often enough, so for that I gave thanks. And honestly, for so many other things. I have much to give thanks for. I hope you do too.