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Sweet Potato Pie Recipe: Taste The Potato!

There are so many foods we look forward to during the holiday season, and I wanted to offer my take on a Southern classic, Sweet Potato Pie. This is my favorite recipe for sweet potato pie offered to you just in time for the holiday season. I hope you like it. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of more articles on the sweet potato, including information on growing, curing, and baking them.

You will need:
1 pound of sweet potatoes from your local farmers market
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pie crust (unbaked)

Boil the sweet potatoes whole in their skins for about 45 minutes or as long as it takes to soften them up.
Remove skins. Tip: If you dip them in cold water the sweet potato skin will be easier to remove, and it will be easier on your fingers.

Homeade Sweet Potato Pie

Chop or break the sweet potatoes into a bowl.
Add the butter, and mix it in.
Stir in milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Continue to mix until smooth.
Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.*
Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until a knife poked in center is clean when removed.

*For a variation on the standard pie crust, try this:

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup melted butter
1/3 cup sugar

Mix the ingredients together and press into a pie plate.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes.
Use in place of the standard pie crust for a special variation.

You have probably noticed that the standard nutmeg and or cinnamon that most folks use in a sweet potato or pumpkin pie are absent. Before you go and dump a bunch of spices in, at least try it. You will probably be surprised at just how delicious the pie is without them! The natural flavor of the sweet potato has subtleties that are missed when spices are added. If you simply must add something, try crushing 1/2 cup of pecans and spreading them over the top.

If you enjoy sweet potatoes, you might be interested in the following articles on this site, including my favorite way to cook them:

Growing Sweet Potato Slips

Curing And Storing Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes The Curing Process

Cooking Baked Sweet Potatoes

Cooking Sweet Potatoes

Plowing, planting, and growing and digging sweet potatoes can be a pretty big job, especially when done on a large scale for the market. It can be daunting for a kid when he looks down the row in both directions, and can’t see either end! Of course, they, along with all the other crops we grew paid the bills, and there were always plenty to eat.

In fact, there is one way to eat sweet potatoes which almost made the whole process worthwhile by itself. Baked sweet potatoes, with lots of butter.

You can have all the sweet potato pies, and sweet potato fries, and candied yams, just give me mine baked, hot out of the oven with a pat of butter!

I can remember walking up the long hill after school, with the fragrance of baked sweet potatoes floating in the cool autumn breeze. It was a calming influence, and meant that the crops were in, the summer heat was over, and Thanksgiving and Christmas were on the way.

How do you prepare such a delicacy? All it takes is sweet potatoes, preferably about 2 to 3 inches in diameter, foil, an oven, and patience.

This is how it’s done:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes.
  3. Slice off a small part of the ends of each.
  4. Wrap the sweet potatoes in the foil.
  5. Place the foil wrapped sweet potatoes in a baking pan.
  6. Place the pan in the heated oven.
  7. Cook for from 30 to 70 minutes determined by size and maturity.
  8. The skin will be a dark brown on the outside and blackened on the inside and the potato will be soft when done.

Some juices will probably leak out during the process. This is normal.

  • Allow them to cool a little while to make working with them easy.
  • Unwrap the foil, and remove the potato.
  • Place it on a plate.
  • Slice lengthwise.
  • Add butter
  • Eat

Notice that there is no spice added. Why ruin a perfectly flavored dish?

Learn to grow, cure and store sweet potatoes:

Growing Sweet Potato Slips

Curing And Storing Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes The Curing Process

For even more information on the subject of sweet potatoes see:

Sweet Potato Culture for Profit. a Full Account of the Origin, History and Botanical Characteristics of the Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato: An Untapped Food Resource

The Sweet Potato: A Handbook for the Practical Grower [ 1921 ]

Sweet Potato: Post Harvest Aspects in Food, Feed and Industry (Food Science and Technology)

Sweet potato culture. Giving full instructions from starting the plants to harvesting and storing the crop