Pecan-Walnut Pie 3 Ways

Pecan-Walnut Pies from Relish the Feast

My brother is preparing to be the King of Pies at his Thanksgiving meal. He will be making a variety of sweet treats, including a classic Southern favorite – pecan pie. He suggested I make one, too, and share it on the blog. Well, I made 3 instead. It’s Thanksgiving; you go big!

Mmm pie

It fell apart a little, but I devoured it so quickly that I didn’t notice.

Basic Pie Filling Ingredients

  • Prepared refrigerated pie crust
  • 3 oz. chopped or halved pecans
  • 3 oz. chopped or halved walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 melted butter (cooled)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon half & half (milk works, too)

Addition to make it a Brandy Pecan-Walnut Pie – 1 tablespoon brandy (bet you didn’t see that coming lol)

Addition to make it a Chocolate Pecan-Walnut Pie – 2 ounces shaved 90% cocoa chocolate

Alternative option for those with nut allergies – cut out the nuts, add unsweetened coconut flakes

Coconut Sweet Pie from Relish the Feast

Directions

  • Lightly dust the pie pan with flour.
  • Place pie crust in pan and lightly dust the bottom of the crust.
  • **If making the chocolate version, add all the chocolate to the bottom of the pie crust and spread evenly.
  • Add nuts. **If making the coconut version, do not add it here. It will be the top layer.
  • In a bowl, whisk eggs until slightly foamy.
  • Whisk in butter until well combined.
  • Stir in all sugar.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients, making sure everything is well combined. **If making the brandy version, add it here.
  • Pour liquid mixture on top of nuts in pie pan.
  • **If making the coconut version, add a centimeter layer here, gently patting it into the liquid mixture.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • Lower temperature to 300 degrees and continue to bake for roughly 40 minutes. The top should be cracked when done, expect for the coconut version.

Eggs Butter and Sugar

Chocolate bottom

Nut bottom

Brandy Pecan-Walnut Pie from Relish the Feast

Enjoy! May you, too, be the King (or Queen) of Pies at your celebration. Happy Thanksgiving!

-L

What a mess

Not too bad for three pies. Clean as you go. It really helps.

Nod to Summer Pasta

Nod to Summer Pasta from Relish the Feast

Cooler (and downright cold) weather is here, and I miss my tank tops already. In homage to summer, I made this simple pasta dish. It’s hearty enough for the current season with a freshness reminiscent of the warm, lazy days of summer.

Ingredients

  • Cooked pasta
  • 1 summer squash
  • 1 Polish kielbasa
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • Salt, pepper and oregano to season

Directions

  • Chop the bell pepper and begin sauteing it on medium heat in a little olive oil.
  • Slice the kielbasa and add it to the pan. Bump the heat up slightly. Cook for roughly 5 minutes, stirring occassionally.
  • While the pepper and kielbasa are cooking, chop the summer squash.
  • Reduce heat back to medium and add the squash to the pan.
  • Let everything cook together until the squash begins to look shiny and barely translucent, roughly 5 more minutes.
  • Season with salt, pepper and oregano to taste. Stir and cook for another minute.
  • Plate your prepared pasta and top with the bell pepper, kielbasa and squash mixture.

If this is too dry for your taste, drizzle a small amount of olive oil on it. I wouldn’t recommend adding cheese.

Enjoy!

-L

Italian Inspired Sandwich

Italian Inspired Sandwich Smells Good via Relish the Feast

I’m not the only one who thinks it smells yummy.

This is sandwich is simple assembly. The combo tasted fresh and flavorful. It would be wonderful for lunch in the park.

Italian Inspired Sandwich Layer 1 from Relish the Feast

  • Slice a whole grain baguette. Add a smear of mayo (or tzatziki if you have it) on one half and balsamic reduction or glaze on the other.
  • Add sliced radishes, roasted red peppers and red onion.

Italian Inspired Sandwich Layer 2 from Relish the Feast

  • Add a layer of thinly sliced mozzarella cheese.
  • Finish with a layer of thinly sliced prosciutto.

Italian Inspired Sandwich Being Eaten on Relish the Feast

Not the fanciest of ends for this sandwich, but it was delicious! Hope you enjoy it, too!

-L

Chip Dip for One

Lola Would Like to Share

She’d like to share. But this is not a dog snack. Well, maybe 1 chip.

As a rule, I don’t buy chips. If there’s crap in the house, that’s what I’ll eat, so I don’t buy it. The exception: parties. I will happily buy junk food for parties. Usually, there are leftovers – like a half demolished bag of chips, which I then have to eat…indulgently…on the couch…with Lola…while watching a Law & Order marathon or Jeopardy! (and yelling answers at the TV). Guilty pleasures rock.

To add to the indulgence after the most recent get-together, I made this quick, easy chip dip for one.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbls. sour cream
  • ⅛ cup chopped onion
  • ½ tbls. dried dill
  • ½ tbls. dried Italian mix herbs

Directions:

  • Mix it all together.
  • Eat.
  • Don’t feed it to Lola. Onion is a no-no. A couple plain chips only for her because I’m a pushover.

Enjoy!

-L