Thanksgiving Pie!

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Thanksgiving pie, why didn’t I think of this sooner? It has all the flavors of Thanksgiving in one place!

Warning to my vegan fans, I used meat in this recipe but there will also be a recipe for a vegan version. As I mentioned earlier, since my trip to France I am eating meat and cheese about once a week again. I am loving the moderation and I still feel great.   I actually made one with some fake meat from Trader Joe’s. The fake meat had such a fake flavor that I couldn’t stand it. I am going to try it again with mushrooms.

This dish was a little time consuming, but well worth it! I made the cranberry sauce from scratch earlier in the day and I used Trader Joe’s Cornbread Stuffing. I also made homemade mashed sweet potatoes sweetened with maple syrup. The salty stuffing with the sweet mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce made for an addictive flavor! 

The whole apartment smelled festive and I went a little crazy taking pictures. It was a lot of fun! This dish is great if you want to have a more modern Thanksgiving but want a little tradition too. You could actually make it the day before and just heat it up on Thanksgiving. 

Ingredients
Whole wheat pie crust (you could also make your own)

For the base…
1/2 small onion
1 cup organic chicken or turkey
1 medium carrot
2 stalks celery
3/4 cup vegetable broth
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

For the sweet potatoes…
1 1/2 pounds of sweet potato
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Homemade Cranberry Sauce (You could also use store cranberry sauce)

Trader Joe’s Cornbread
1 stick of butter
3 cups of vegetable broth

Method
1. Defrost your whole wheat pie crust if you are using store bought. Check the instructions, but I usually put mine in the refrigerator if I am going to use it the next day. Then I let it sit on the counter for 1 hour before. If you are making the cranberry sauce, I recommend making this the day before as well.
2. About 2 hours before you want to cook this meal, pre-heat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit. Make holes in one large, washed sweet potato with a fork. Wrap the sweet potato in foil and bake it for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a fork can easily slide through it.
3. Allow the sweet potato to cool.
4. Bring the oven down to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and bring the pan to medium heat.
When the oil is hot, add the finely chopped 1/2 onion.
6. While the onion cooks, cut the chicken or turkey up into shreds.
7. After about 5 minutes, add the chopped carrots and chopped celery to the pan. Cook until the veggies start to become soft. Then add the chicken or turkey to the pan. Cook until the meat is cooked through.
8. On the side, whisk the vegetable broth and cornstarch together until there are no lumps. Add this to the pan. Bring the heat down to medium-low and continue cooking until the vegetable broth and cornstarch thicken to a gravy. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the ingredients to cool.
9. Follow the directions for the stuffing and set aside.
10. Peel the cooled sweet potato and place it in a food processor with the coconut milk and maple syrup. Pulse until the texture is smooth. Set aside.
11. Start layering! Place the meat layer down first in the whole wheat crust. Then add the mashed sweet potatoes, followed by the cranberry sauce, and finally, the stuffing. Keeping the stuffing on top keeps it from getting soggy. Add the top crust and press down firmly so nothing leaks out. Place four small slices on top of the pie to let the heat in.
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12. Bake at 375 Degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour.
13. Let cool for at least 20 minutes so that the pie can settle.
Enjoy!
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