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Savory Pumpkin Pie

Savory Pumpkin Pie


  • Flour, for dusting

  • 1 store-bought pie crust

  • 1 cup grated extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese

  • 2 cups canned pumpkin puree

  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • A few grates of whole nutmeg (about 1/8 teaspoon)

  • 2 pinches salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • A pinch of ground cloves

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ancho chili powder

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar

  • For garnish, sweet or sweet-and-spicy candied pecans, chopped


Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.

Lightly flour a work surface. Unroll the pie dough and scatter grated cheese over the dough. Lightly flour a rolling pin, then roll the cheese into the dough. Fill a 9-inch pie plate or tin with the dough, cheese-side down. Using your fingers, crimp the pie dough overhang along the edge of the pie plate in a decorative scalloped fashion.

For the filling, combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl using a whisk. Pour the filling into the prepared pie plate and spread out evenly. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center is clean when removed. Remove the pie and cool to room temperature. Slice and serve garnished with candied chopped pecans.