Do you ever just get a bee in your bonnet and decide, seemingly out of the blue, that you must right-this-second make something? Well that was me last night. At like 8PM I decided I needed to make a sweet potato pie. Mind you, I have never even tasted sweet potato pie. But I love so many things made with sweet potatoes and figured a pie would be the best of the best when it came to this sweet, orange loveliness.
So I popped onto All Recipes and picked what looked to be a good choice. Heck, I have nothing to compare it to so it was a gamble either way. After reading the reviews, I decided that it needed more sweet potato than it called for in the recipe. I used two large (about 1lb each- so a total of about 2lbs) sweet potatoes and think if doing it again I would use 1 1/2. I had extra filling that I had to bake in a ramikin on the side. But other than that, I thought it was delish. We are a big pie, not cake, family so I am very picky on crust. I only make my own. But if you are less crust picky, you could totally use a store-bought one.
It was all I could do to restrain myself from eating a slice for breakfast. It's a vegetable afterall, right? I held off this morning but I make no promises that a slice will not accompany my dinner tonight. Mmmmm good!
Sweet Potato Pie
1.5 - 2 lb sweet potatos
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato and remove the skin. (OR....my lazy girl method is to peel the potatoes first using a knife or vegetable peeler, chop into chunks, place in cover dish with plenty of water, and microwave until tender- about 15 mins or so)
Break apart sweet potato in a bowl (Or if you used my lazy girl method, simply drain off the water and mash with a fork or potato masher. Plus...one fewer dish to wash- woo hoo!). Add butter and mix well with mixer (Or LGM (lazy girl method) is to mix it in with the fork/potato masher- it only takes a minute- less time that it would take me to locate both beaters). Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat/stir (LGM) until smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 C) for 55 to 60 minutes (OK, it took my pie closer to 75 minutes for whatever reason), or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle and then will sink down as it cools.