These Savory Pumpkin Hand Pies deliver their thyme-laced pumpkin, Gruyere, and leek filling in a tidy, hand-size package that’s almost too cute to eat. Happy Halloween!Catalogs seem to multiply in my mailbox these days. You know what I’m talking about — that endless supply of glossy pages parading seasonal items like bronze pumpkins vases and decorative metal skulls, not to mention berry-and-pine cone-topiary Christmas trees and reindeer-Santa-and-sleigh stitched throw pillows. I try not to think about the trees that sacrificed their lives for this visual onslaught. A visual onslaught that, without fail, portrays its melange of holiday items in spacious and spotless living spaces about as far from my reality as life can get. Maybe someday I’ll live in a house like that, but it’s not likely, at least not any time in the near future. While I wouldn’t mind the spaciousness or spotlessness, for some reason, I’ve never felt a great need to accumulate holiday knickknacks to strew artfully about my house.
Since I currently live in a 900-square-foot cottage with my family of four, I feel grateful that I’m not pining to decorate this cramped space with holiday items. Even if I was, and miraculously found the requisite space needed to display spooky aspen branches for Halloween, I’d never find a place to store all those fluttering black leaves once Thanksgiving arrived.
While I may not decorate seasonally, I still wholeheartedly embrace the holidays. I love to stomp around our small-town pumpkin patch with my family.
I will happily spend an entire rainy Saturday reading Halloween stories with my daughters. And, of course, I can’t help but head to the kitchen in an effort to transform some of my seasonal enthusiasm into food. In Halloween’s past, I’ve made meringue bones and pumpkin-shaped cupcakes and even a three-tiered ghost cake. This year, I channeled my Halloween spirit into little Jack ‘O Lantern pies. Savory ones.
These pies deliver their thyme-laced pumpkin, Gruyere, and leek filling in a tidy, hand-size package that’s almost too cute to eat.
My kids enjoyed creating faces on the rounds of pastry with miniature cookie cutters, as well as the ends of frosting decorating tips.
And just like faces on real Jack ‘O Lanterns, each pie came to life with its own, unique character.
Despite their cuteness, these Halloween pies don’t stick around long enough to clutter up my house. That brings me infinitely more cheer than any punched ceramic pumpkin luminary ever could. Take that, Pottery Barn.