Turkey may be the centerpiece of the big Thanksgiving feast, but when it comes to finishing off our yearly belly-busting meal with dessert, it’s all about the PIE.
It doesn’t matter if you love a slice of classic pumpkin, all-American apple or nutty pecan—no pie is complete without toppings! This year, swap out the usual whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream for a generous garnish of Wisconsin cheese pie toppings.
We know what you’re thinking—Wisconsin cheese? Atop my pie?!? Trust us on this one. These cheesy toppings are a surprisingly tasty alternative for your turkey day pies. Even better, they’re easy to prep ahead of time or right before serving.
1. Apple Pie & Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese
Apple reigns supreme as the most popular Thanksgiving pie. Whether it boasts a golden crust, lattice design or streusel crumb topping, this American classic tastes best infused with the rich, nutty flavor of Wisconsin cheddar cheese.
Cheddar and apple go together like turkey and stuffing. This savory-sweet pair perfectly balances each other out in both taste and texture—Wisconsin cheddar is sharp and creamy, while apples are tart and crunchy.
We love this recipe for Heirloom Apple Pie, but you can also add Wisconsin cheddar to your own tried and true recipe. Top your pie with a handful of shredded cheddar when it’s fresh out of the oven or serve it with a small slab of cheddar on the side.
2. Pumpkin Pie & Wisconsin Mascarpone Whipped Cream
Pumpkin pie is the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert. This year, it’s going to be hard to resist going back for seconds (and thirds!) when it’s topped with Wisconsin mascarpone whipped cream.
Homemade whipped cream is hard to beat, but adding Wisconsin mascarpone cheese helps takes it to the peak of perfection. Mascarpone is slightly sweet and luxuriously thick, and a dollop of this cool whipped cream makes any pumpkin pie feel instantly fancy. We like it atop this Candied Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie, which kicks the traditional version up a notch with crunchy, sweet hazelnuts.
To make Wisconsin Mascarpone Whipped Cream, beat one cup of cold heavy cream in a chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Add one cup (8 ounces) of softened Wisconsin mascarpone cheese, and beat until just combined. Then,add one tablespoon of powdered sugar at a time, beating between each addition, until your desired level of sweetness is reached.
3. Berry Pie & Whipped Wisconsin Ricotta with Honey
Berry pies—like cherry, strawberry and blueberry—are one of our favorite additions to a Thanksgiving dessert spread. They bring the sweet flavors of summer to the fall table, and are the perfect complement to a whipped ricotta topping.
Whipped Wisconsin ricotta with honey is the perfect substitute for whipped cream or ice cream. This three-ingredient topping is lighter in texture with a fresh, milky flavor that’s feels equally as indulgent. We love it atop this warm and homey recipe for Rustic Cherry Apple Pie.
Best of all, Whipped Wisconsin Ricotta with Honey comes together in less than five minutes. In a food processor or blender, blend two cups (16 ounces) Wisconsin whole-milk ricotta and the seeds of one vanilla bean. Stream in 1/4 cup of honey, and blend until thick and fluffy. If the mixture is a bit grainy, add up to two tablespoons of softened Wisconsin cream cheese to smooth.