Martha Stewart's Untraditional Pumpkin Pie Is All I Need This Thanksgiving

Did we mention it's topped with a mile-high meringue?

November 13, 2019

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For me, Thanksgiving is all about pie, pie and more pie.

I've been a devoted Bourbon-Chocolate Pecan Pie fan for years; so much so, that my entire family knows that if it's not at the Thanksgiving dessert table, I'm not showing up for Thanksgiving dinner. But after taking Martha Stewart's Deep-Dish Pumpkin Meringue Pie class on the all-new Food Network Kitchen app, pecan pie and I had a conscious uncoupling. (One bite of Martha's pie and you'll only have eyes for pumpkin-meringue, too!)

The biggest reason I haven't attempted a homemade pumpkin pie until now boils down to one thing: the crust. I haven't had the best track record with making pie crust in the past, so I started with Martha's Favorite Pie Crust class before moving on to the main event.

One of Martha's game changers is being able to put your pie crust back in the fridge if it gets too warm. You want to roll out your crust while the dough is extremely cold; and while I know that seems kind of obvious, I've had problems with warm dough more times than I'd like to admit. According to Martha, if you make a mistake and your dough gets too stretchy or warm when you're initially rolling it out, you can simply throw it back in the fridge! No need to trash it or start from scratch!

As for the pumpkin pie, Martha's gorgeous deep-dish pie is also a great way to add a modern twist to your Thanksgiving menu, especially if you've come up with cracked pumpkin pie in the past. Plus, who doesn’t love an opportunity to pull out a kitchen torch and play with fire?! If you've never toasted meringue before (like me!), this may seem a bit daunting at first. But once again, Martha makes it super easy. Follow her lead and go super slow when torching your meringue to avoid accidentally charring it. The pillowy topping was by far my favorite part of this delicious pie and it’ll definitely get your guests talking because it’s unlike anything they've seen before.

If you want to make Martha's Deep-Dish Pumpkin Meringue — or find other perfect-for-Thanksgiving recipes from your favorite Food Network stars — check out the all-new Food Network Kitchen app. You’ll be able to drop in for Martha's classes and learn more must-know tips and must-make recipes.

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