Saveur (November 2014)
In a pie.
And here's something else you likely weren't expecting at your Thanksgiving table: This pie is brought to you from the Nation of Islam. Allow us to quote Saveur:
The silky, custardlike base of this autumnal pie is made from sweetened navy bean purée spiced with nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pies made in this way have their roots in dietary guidelines set forth by religious leader Elijah Muhammad. In his 1967 treatise How to Eat to Live, he wrote that beans were a blessed food—but that sweet potatoes weren't fit for man to eat. His daughter developed a sweet potato pie–like recipe using navy beans that was so delicious, it became the most popular way to raise money for the Nation of Islam. Its members hawked them on street corners from the early 1970s onward.
Okay, so: Sweet potatoes out. Beans in.
But how does a pie made with navy beans actually taste?