North Carolina is the number one producer of sweet potatoes, so it’s no surprise that sweet potato pie is popular in the South. Sweet potatoes make a decadently rich potato pie and are packed with fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Sweet potato pie is also becoming stiff competition for the traditional pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving. This sweet potato pie recipe is easy to make and contains simple instructions. While some sweet potato pie recipes call for boiling the sweet potatoes, this recipe recommends baking the potatoes, as it intensifies the flavor of the potatoes and helps prevent a mushy filling.
Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients
- 4 medium sweet potatoes (1 1/2 cups)
- 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup evaporated milk (a canned product)
- 3 eggs
- 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Wrap the sweet potatoes in foil and bake for about an hour, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potatoes and remove the skins.
Turn the oven’s temperature down to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine all the filling ingredients except for the evaporated milk and eggs. Use a beater at medium speed to blend the mix, scraping the bowl often, until well mixed. Reduce the speed to low; add milk and eggs. Continue to beat until everything is well mixed. If you don’t have a blender, mixing with a fork will work just fine.
Place the pie crust in a pie pan and pour in the filling. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. You may want to cover the edge of the crust with aluminum foil if the crust is browning too quickly. After the pie is finished baking it may be puffed up. Let it cool completely and it will sink down. Store the pie in the refrigerator.
Extra Tips For This Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
If you’d like to save on time, you can cook the sweet potatoes in a microwave for 6 minutes; just make sure you wrap the potatoes in wax paper or paper towel, since using foil in your microwave is a fire hazard. Although fresh sweet potatoes give the best flavor, you can use 1 1/2 cups of canned mashed sweet potatoes if you’re really short on time.
Adding 2 tablespoons of lemon juice can enhance the taste of the potatoes. A tablespoon of rum extract is another delicious flavoring option, as well as 1 teaspoon of vanilla. You could even substitute squash for some of the sweet potatoes.
For topping try chopped or toasted pecans, whipped cream, marshmallows, or ice cream.