Part of Thanksgiving's appeal has to be its predictability: whether you're eating at grandma's or cooking your very own feast, you always look forward to the turkey and the stuffing, the mashed potatoes and the gravy each and every year. But just this once, wouldn't it be great to step out of the Thanksgiving box and try something different? Now, hear us out. If altering your traditional menu seems like too much change—it's ok, it's going to be ok—a more low-key dessert table is a natural place to experiment. While pumpkin and apple have reigned supreme in the pie category for decades (centuries?), we can think of no less than 10 alternatives to fall's most overused fruits—all of which go surprisingly well with a buttery, flaky pie crust after a long family meal. Don't believe us? Scroll down for ideas that are too good to deny.
Persimmon, Pear, and Brandy Pie
A coffee cake–style vanilla-bean crumble gives this dessert an earthy note that pairs nicely with the sweetness of the persimmon and pear.
No-Bake French Silk Pie
An unexpected crushed-pretzel crust adds the perfect level of salt to an ultra-smooth chocolate filling.
Toasted-Coconut Chess Pie
Coconut custard makes this traditional chess pie an instant holiday classic.
As elegant as it is delicious, this potluck pleaser is filled with decadent autumnal flavors everyone will fall for.
A sweet pecan crumble topping counters the cranberry's tart flavor profile for a well-balanced after-dinner treat.
The best part of opting for this tasty sweet: you can make it up to two days ahead of the big day.
No-Bake Gingerbread Cream Pie
Because—if the radio is any indication—it's never too early for Christmas, especially when it comes in pie form.
Crême Brûlée Pie
An easy way to elevate your post-prandial snack situation.
Simple, flaky—in a word: this pie is downright delicious.
If this dessert could drop the mic, it would.
What are you baking up this Thanksgiving?
This article was originally published on Lonny.