Getting creative with sweet, savory pies for National Pie Day (just don’t tell National Pi Day)

It’s National Pie Day! Not the one that happens in March, but the one that happens in January. Why not November, when we’re all eating pies for Thanksgiving? We’ll have to ask the American Pie Council — yes, that really exists — about that one.

But in the spirit of made-up food holidays, here are some pie recipes to inspire your Monday evening baking plans.

Strawberry Balsamic Pie is one of the striking dishes in "The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book," by Emily and Melissa Elsen. Contributed by Gentl & Hyers.

Strawberry Balsamic Pie is one of the striking dishes in “The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book,” by Emily and Melissa Elsen. Contributed by Gentl & Hyers.

Tired of basic pies? My favorite pie cookbook is “The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book,” which has this recipe for strawberry balsamic pie , not to mention a few dozen other pies you probably haven’t seen elsewhere. You might also check out this Earl Grey Pie with a sugar cookie crust.

Craving a savory pie? You’ll love this Sunday supper pie, but you might also just open up some cans of chili to make a Frito pie pie.

Don’t forget about the margarita- and gin-inspired pies we made last summer for our Year of Baking series.

And finally, our Thanksgiving-inspired Year of Baking pie tutorial with tips to keep your pie crusts from getting stuck on your counter or burnt in the oven.

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