Savory Pumpkin Hand Pies

These little pumpkin-filled pocket pot pies (aka hand pies) are far better than any dried-out Thanksgiving turkey you were served as a child.

hand pies


Being a vegetarian at your boyfriend’s family Thanksgiving can be madly intimidating. Or going home and explaining to your family for the first time that you no longer will be eating your aunt’s legendary roast. Although it’s never fun having to repeat yourself over and over to every person at the gathering about why you aren’t diving into that meat, it’s something all of us vegetarians (and vegans!) have had to endure. Instead of spending your entire evening avoiding eye contact with everyone in the room in an attempt to avoid that ‘dietary needs conversation’, whip up a batch of these hand pies to win everyone over. No meat lover will miss the meat in these little pockets of savory deliciousness and they might just agree that these would make a better main course (or appetizer or side or all 3).

Although eating a giant turkey for Thanksgiving is ‘traditional’, I say the hell with it! Let’s make our own tradition!! You aren’t constrained to eating that one meat that is ‘traditional’ and you can play around with any food you enjoy. And, in my opinion, I think these little pockets of pot pies are better than any dried out turkey I was served as a child.


hand pies


Hop on over to DeSmitten Design blog for the full recipe and learn more!




  • molly yeh
    November 19, 2013

    these are gorgeous!

  • Sarah | The Sugar Hit
    November 19, 2013

    Seriously, you keep levelling up your photos. You’re killing it!

  • Sandra
    November 19, 2013

    Pumpkin hand pies – ABSOLUTELY BETTER then dry turkey meat any day! Especially with a filling like these have.

  • Ash-foodfashionparty
    November 19, 2013

    The pictures are so darn beautiful. Loving the pies.

  • Harriet
    November 19, 2013

    Yum gorgeousness all round. I love anything hand-sized, and these just look so damn good.

  • Linda
    November 20, 2013

    Love the hand pies Shelly! And I love your pictures. We painted our walls dark blue, a decision I regret only because then I can’t take shots like these.

    And I just made butternut squash puree for the first time ever and can’t believe how AMAZING it tastes! Makes me wonder about the world of savory squash recipes I’m missing out on, since I’ve only really had, say, pumpkin, in pie.

    I’m not vegetarian, but I can totally imagine what it must be like to be the solo vegetarian at Thanksgiving dinner. In China, vegetarianism is regarded with great suspicion—and even then, they’ll still make you chicken, haha.

  • Grace
    November 20, 2013

    Breathtaking pictures and styling! Love, love love it all!

  • becca
    November 20, 2013

    ah, so true! i never have a good answer about these things. of course i know why I avoid meat and dairy…but I don’t want to debate with grandaddy about it!

    anyway, thanks. these are gorgeous and I’m super excited to check out the blog you guestposted on!

  • Laura
    November 20, 2013

    Yesssssss to your “to hell with it” attitude on the Turkey tradition sticklers. The tradition is the time spent together, everything else can shift and change as the universe wills. My man’s family was pretty chill when I started coming ’round for holiday get togethers, so I guess I’m lucky that way. I know you’ll woo ’em all with these amazing pies though. So great. xo

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  • ana
    December 2, 2013

    I made these last night. I adapted a bit because I didn’t have all the ingredients. They are so amazing! The dough is just delicious and the filling is creamy and divine!
    Thank you so much for the inspiration!!

    • Shellywest
      December 2, 2013

      Yay – so glad to hear that you made and enjoyed them! That dough is one of my favorite doughs I’ve made for pastries… it’s so flaky but doesn’t fall apart.

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