Sweet Potato Pie

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Sweet Potatoes > Pumpkins

It’s really quite simple. By themselves, sweet potatoes are far more delicious than pumpkins. Doesn’t it make sense then that a sweet potato pie would be far more delicious than a pumpkin pie? Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin pie as much as the next freedom loving American (in fact, here is a great easy to chew pumpkin pie recipe) but sweet potato pie just tastes better.

I lived in Florida for two years doing missionary work and down there, sweet potato pie is a big deal. Once I left Florida, I realized that the rest of the United States really didn’t eat sweet potato pie too often. One November when I was in New York going to dental school, I had a craving for it. I searched online for a suitable recipe and stumbled across a gem. This particular recipe was on allrecipes.com and was posted by “COUGAAR”, who no doubt is the fairy godmother of sweet potatoes. I was shocked at how authentic it tasted. It truly lived up to the promise of the poster, who decreed that all who taste it will will say that “it is the best they have ever had”. True words, COUGAAR, true words.

Every Thanksgiving since then, I cook about 6 sweet potato pies. Why do I do this? Two reasons:

  1. Every Thanksgiving gathering should have a 1:1 pie to person ratio.
  2. I usually give the extras away to family and friends.
One of my favorite things about cooking delicious foods is sharing it with someone else. Seeing a group of people enjoy something you cooked is an empowering experience. If you haven’t experienced that yet, now’s your chance. Let someone else bring a pumpkin pie, it’s your turn to bring the new star of Thanksgiving: The Sweet Potato Pie.



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    Sweet Potato Pie

    This is an authentic, southern-style, sweet potato pie. It really is the best sweet potato pie you will ever taste.
    5 from 2 votes
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    Course: Dessert
    Keyword: Pie, Sweet Potatoes
    Prep Time: 30 minutes
    Cook Time: 2 hours
    Servings: 8


    • 1 large sweet potato (over 1 pound)
    • ½ cup butter
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • ½ cup milk
    • 2 eggs
    • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 (9-inch) frozen pie crust


    • In a medium saucepan, cover the whole sweet potato in water (don’t peel it), boil for 40-50 minutes, until the sweet potato is pierced easily with a fork. 
    • Immediately run the cooked sweet potato under cold water. Remove the skin, which can now easily be removed with just your fingers. Be careful, the sweet potato will be hot. Remove any fibrous parts of the sweet potato. If you have a scale you can weigh the cooked sweet potato to make sure you have about 1 lb.
    • Put the cooked sweet potato in a large mixing bowl and add the butter.  Stir with a mixer until all the butter is melted and fully incorporated.  Next, mix in the sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
    • Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake at 350°F for 60 minutes. To tell when it's done, stick a butter knife in the center; when it comes out clean, it’s ready.  Letting it rest for an hour makes it easier to cut into slices.  Serve it warm for a much richer flavor.
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    Easy To Chew

     Sweet Potato Pie is soft, moist, and contains multiple soft textures. Any textures requiring chewing have been prepared so that there are no pieces larger than ¼ inch (or 6mm). Sweet potato pie is soft enough that, with minimal effort, it can be easily formed into swallowable-sized portions.

    Sweet potatoes are rich in potassium, which can help to maintain a healthy blood pressure. If potassium levels get too low, heart failure can occur.

    I can never make just one sweet potato pie. This recipe scales up nicely. If you want to make 6 sweet potato pies, just multiply the recipe by 6. It works like a charm.  More pies in one oven means a longer cooking time however. Just be sure to put the butter knife in the center of the pie to see if it’s cooked all the way through. When its fully cooked, the knife will come out clean.

    I’m not afraid of snakes or flying. While I don’t love heights or tight spaces, I’d have to say one of my greatest fears is being the first person to cut into a pie and serve the first slice. It’s especially bad when everyone is watching you. But if you can take it out cleanly,  you’re a hero. The first slice of pie I serve usually looks like a dog has been chewing on it.  A tool like this would likely help my situation.

    Be the best pie slicer you can be!

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