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A Definitive Ranking Of The 20 Most Important Pies

All pies are destined for greatness. But some pies achieve more greatness than others.

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20. Chicken Pot Pie

bonappetit.com

Granting chicken pot pie a place on this list is purely a polite gesture. It's not like meat pies can't be delicious, but they're just not in the same league as a true dessert pie.

16. Grape Pie

sugarandwool.com

The grape pie is a nomad and a rebel; it will appear in August or September when the concords are plentiful and the summer wind whispers through the fields, and then it's gone. Beautiful while it lasts, but it's no kind of pie to build a life around.

15. Chess Pie

chow.com

Other pies — flashier pies, pies with fruit and chocolate and fast cars — may come and go. Chess pie will be here waiting, with a quiet confidence in its sweet custard interior. And what's wrong with that?

1. AND THE NO. 1 ALL-TIME CHAMP: (Strawberry) Rhubarb Pie

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Are you SHOCKED? Don't be. This pie is perfect in every way. It's sweet, it's tart, it's pretty, it's pink, and if you don't like it that's just fine because more for me.

The strawberry is technically optional, because rhubarb is super sassy and can totally carry a pie on its own. But are they are a power couple? Yes, they are. A power couple for all time, and for all pies.

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