PETEE’S PIE COMPANY

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With Thanksgiving being just around the corner, I’d been thinking about pie a lot. I’ve made my own, which have luckily turned out great, but, they can be a lot of work, so, I like to just enjoy the ones that other bakers are making. So, I was off to the Lower East Side to check out Petee’s Pie Company. Most places make a big fuss about decor and “stuff”, but here the focus and decor is really simply the racks of pies right there on display, made fresh daily. They make their pies using seasonal local produce, natural fair-trade sweeteners, crust made with organic flour and grass-fed butter from New York State, and even offer gluten-free and vegan options.

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Everything looked awesome, but I narrowed it down to two slices. First, I had the Maple Whiskey Walnut. This pie was incredible. Like, some of the best I’ve had. The crust is buttery, almost a bit savory, and totally melts in your mouth. The center of the pie is almost custard like in texture, rich, with a hint of whiskey at the very end. Topped with a candied walnut crust, it’s seriously hard to find anything wrong with this pie (aside from the fact that I didn’t get a whole one and only a slice). 

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Then, I also got the Crumb Spiced Asian Pear. Another slam dunk Petee’s, well done. Again, the crust here is the same, and equally delicious. The crumble on top is just perfect, it’s buttery, a little crunchy, and also melts in your mouth. The pear is fresh and tender, not too sweet, with flavors of cinnamon and pecan pieces for added texture and crunch. This really was an excellent piece of pie. Again, I’m kicking myself for not getting a whole pie of this flavor. Then again, that would also add more time at the gym. But, it would totally be worth it. 

The Shorts:
Name: Petee’s Pie Company
Location: 61 Delancey Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Absolutely. These were some of the most delicious pies I’ve had, and with an abundant amount of flavors to choose from, I’ve got some good work cut out for me. 
Would I recommend it? For sure. They’re taking Thanksgiving orders too, so, if you’re in the NYC area, you’ll definitely want to place an order. 

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Goat Cheese Truffles

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So, there are hundreds of recipes out there for Thanksgiving. And, for those who are either pretty competent cooks, or, had plenty of time to prepare, these are great. But, if you’re in need of a quick and super easy appetizer, you can whip up some, of what I’m calling, Goat Cheese Truffles to go along with your lovely Thanksgiving meal. 

Here’s what you’ll need:
(Below will serve about 14-16 truffles)

  • 8oz of goat cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 small package of pecan pieces

First, just place the goat cheese into a small bowl and break it up.

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Add in the cinnamon and pepper for a more fall, Thanksgiving vibe and flavor (neither spice is necessary, or, you can add in anything else that you’d like, even dried cranberries). 

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Mash that all together, and scoop out a spoon full of the goat cheese mixture. Roll it up to about the size of a large gum ball.

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Then, just roll each truffle ball into the pecan pieces, pressing the pecans into the cheese to stick. And that’s it! You can serve them as-is, or, add some crackers onto a platter. You can also pop them onto some parchment paper and a baking sheet and heat them up a bit, totally up to you. Either way, it’s a 5 minute appetizer that doesn’t look or taste like you waited till the last minute.

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Happy Thanksgiving!