Have you done your Thanksgiving shopping yet? If not, you could be out of luck when it comes to the pumpkin pie. Reports of the great pumpkin shortage have been all over the news, and yes, it has even affected that reliable standby, canned pumpkin puree.
What to do? We have had some luck in our test kitchen finding fresh sugar pumpkins, both at chain supermarkets and from local farmers. But we’ve been underwhelmed by their flavor, another likely effect of the heavy rains this summer.
Instead, we’ve got some great alternatives for folks who crave that classic pumpkin pie: Substitute fresh butternut squash, sweet potatoes, or most surprisingly, parsnips. The white root vegetable contributes its own sweet, nutty flavor that, combined with the traditional pie spices, is both comfortingly familiar and exotic at the same time.
Or consider this the year you break free from pumpkin pie tyranny. We’ve got a lot more creative options in our Thanksgiving Dinner Guide.
And if you’re dead set on pumpkin pie, better hit the store today!