9 Savory Pie Recipes for Fall Because It’s Not Just About Apple Anymore

If you ask me, apple pie has gotten a little too big for its lattice crust, especially when you think of all the other fall pie recipes out there. Come autumn, it’s practically a national treasure — not to mention Taylor Swift’s favorite edible gift and your trusty, post-apple-picking recipe. And apart from an upstart pumpkin or two, it’s used to being the only pie on your autumn table, ever.

This fall, we’re giving it some competition. After a whole season of summery tarts and cobblers, you’re already a pro at all things pie — but much as we loved those dainty, open-faced confections, it’s time to hunker down with something heartier. Now that the weather has turned, take back that top crust and walk on the savory side, starting with good old pot pie. Got your butter and rolling pin ready? Let’s do this.

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Lamb Shank Pot Pie

Flaky crust on top? Check. Creamy goodness on the inside? Check. Pot pie is already glorious as is — but then our friends at Tucker blew our minds by throwing some Guinness into the mix.

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Cheese + Onion Hand Pies

Trying to squeeze in one last picnic before winter? Down-size your pie and take it to go, à la My Name Is Yeh.

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Mushroom + Pork Hand Pies

This tiny pie packs quite a punch: Domestic Fits stuffs it with mushrooms, pork, and veggies for a hearty dish.

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Zucchini + Goat Cheese

Don’t forget your phyllo dough! Much as we love our sturdier crusts, these delicate, flaky layers make for an especially elegant pie. Thanks, Tucker!

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Spinach

This oddball from Little Ferraro Kitchen ditches the crust for breadcrumbs. Think of it as a spinach frittata — but heartier, the kind of pie you cozy up to on cold mornings.

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Butternut Squash Pasta Pie

How do you turn pasta into pie? With a heck of a lot of cheese, of course! Half Baked Harvest breaks it down.

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Shepherd's Pie

In the crustless category, shepherd’s pie has got to be the crowd favorite. I Am a Food Blog lightens hers up with turkey and veggies — all topped off with a crown of mashed potatoes.

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Mac and Cheese

If you’re feeling a little daring, swap your mashed potatoes for mac and cheese to make the most epic shepherd’s pie ever. Thanks, I Am a Food Blog!

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Chicken in the Swamp

Lady and Pups may leave out that top crust, but make no mistake: This is decadence at its finest. You’ll start with the crust, fill it with chicken, and then drown it in savory custard — no holding back. What diet?

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