One of my favorite holidays is coming up... Thanksgiving! You all know about my sweet tooth by now and that I used to live in Nashville, so there's only one dessert I make every year and that's the traditional Southern Sweet Potato Pie! You might be thinking, "don't you already make a fantastic sweet potato casserole?" Yes, I do!
There's quite a few differences between the two, so I end up making both for my family. First of all, the casserole is much sweeter with all the brown sugar and marshmallow topping. It's a bit healthier for sure! Also, I tend to make the souffle just a bit chunkier while the pie is silkier in texture.
Now here's something that might turn you off: the pie has no crust. Wait, wait, hear me out! At the end of a Thanksgiving meal, my family always wants something sweet but not super heavy. It's my way of making sure we don't completely overdo it by making up this delicious, lightened-up version! Of course, you can make the same easy filling and pour into pie crusts as well. It's great either way!
Let's get to the recipe! (P.S. - For more Thanksgiving recipes, check out my menu & tips post!)
Sweet Potato Pie (without a crust!)
slightly adapted from SparkPeople
- 2 cups sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed (about three average sweet potatoes)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 3 eggs
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. cloves, ground
- Dash of nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp. flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Boil the potatoes over high heat until tender, about 20 minutes.
3. Mash the sweet potato. You may leave some chunks in there for texture.
4. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix well.
5. Pour into pie shells or greased pie tins.
6. Bake at 350ºF for 25 to 30 mins.
7. Allow to cool, then top with whipped cream before serving
I simply adore this recipe, and I've been known to make it year round. Seriously, the most difficult part of the recipe is waiting for the water to boil for the sweet potatoes! There is absolutely no special equipment needed and no crazy techniques. I like to call this the pie that even non-piemakers can make!
Just try it out for yourself and you'll see! Once it is baking up in the oven and you catch the heavenly aroma, you will definitely thank me. :) There's a reason this is the only pie that graces our pie every year!
Now, I would like to know...
What is your favorite Thanksgiving pie?
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