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:
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.