My friend Katie in New Orleans makes this pie every year for Friendsgiving and now that I live in Ohio I figured it was time for me to learn how to make it so I can enjoy the familiar flavors that bring so many warm memories of Friendsgivings spent together. I grew up eating Pumpkin Pie for the holidays but the combination of pecans, bourbon and chocolate in this pie have won me over to the Derby Pie side of holiday desserts. Katie serves hers with whipped cream but I prefer it plain, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, the only non-negotiable we both agree on is that the pie is served warm, so the chocolate is gooey and melty.

-1 pie crust (homemade or store-bought)
-2 eggs
-1 c sugar
-1/2 c butter, melted
-1/4 c cornstarch
-3 Tbsp bourbon
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 c pecan halves
-1 c chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, melted butter, cornstarch, bourbon, vanilla and salt. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips. Pour into pie crust (brush crust with 1 beaten egg, if desired, to give it some sheen). Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes, until set.