It’s hard to beat a homemade pecan pie, unless you add bourbon. And chocolate. Then you have what I feel is the best pecan pie, ever.
Pecan pie is a tradition in the South, where the tree nut is native and harvest season begins in the fall. For that reason, pecan pie has become a holiday pie, although after I tasted this recipe, I could eat it everyday. Bourbon and chocolate heighten the flavor intensity and give it a deep richness. When both are added, some refer to this as “Derby Pie”. Whatever you call it, on Thanksgiving your guests will surely call it delicious.
When our taste panel at Hamilton Beach tried this, one person commented they would chop the pecans a little smaller. Another suggested dark chocolate chips. Both would work and I suggest making one before the holiday, eat it all and then decide on variations. It’s that good.