My oh my, Sweet Potato Pie! Easy Southern Sweet Potato Pie tastes like a cool crisp Fall day, warm pungent spices, and Thanksgiving all wrapped up in one delicious and decadent bite. And, it’s a perfect Thanksgiving dessert
Sweet potatoes have a flavor all its own, and although many people say that sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie taste the same, nothing could be further from the truth. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, so the pie doesn’t require as much sugar. Also, the texture of sweet potato pie is lighter, and the taste isn’t quite as strong as pumpkin pie.
According to my friend Martha Coppins, who enjoys a slice of sweet potato pie for breakfast every once in awhile, “people who don’t think they would like sweet potato pie, but like pumpkin pie, will like this recipe”!
The origin of Sweet Potato Pie is a little murky, but as early as the 16th century, Spanish explorers found sweet potatoes growing in what is now Louisiana. During Colonial times, the nutritious sweet potato was considered a staple of the American diet.
And speaking of nutritious, sweet potatoes are considered one of the world’s healthiest foods and are an excellent source of vitamin A. They are also a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin B6.
Chances are if you are not from the South, you might not have ever had Sweet Potato Pie before. With this recipe, however, I hope to change that. It has long played second fiddle to its more popular cousin pumpkin pie, but one bite of this easy to make, delicious, light and airy pie will make a believer out of you.
Oh, and when I say easy, I mean easy! Once you bake the sweet potatoes, the filling for this Easy Southern Sweet Potato Pie only takes minutes to prepare! Usually, when I know I will be making a pie, I plan to serve baked sweet potatoes the night before for dinner and just throw a few more in the oven which I use for the pie.
Another plus for this delicious and easy Southern Sweet Potato Pie is that you can make it several days ahead of the big day!
If you like this recipe for Sweet Potato Pie, you might also like these other easy and delicious Southern Style dessert recipes: Dot’s Ultimate Southern Pecan Pie, Southern Peaches and Cream Pie, and Minnie Lee Croley’s Sour Cream Pound Cake. You can find other popular dessert recipes here.
The ingredients for Easy Southern Sweet Potato Pie are sweet potatoes, butter, sweetened condensed milk, orange peel zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, vanilla extract, kosher salt, and a 9-inch deep-dish unbaked pie crust.
How to make Easy Southern Sweet Potato Pie
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Use an electric mixer and beat the mashed sweet potato and butter in a medium-size bowl until the mixture is smooth.
Add the sweetened condensed milk, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, salt, and vanilla extract and mix well.
Pour the sweet potato mixture into the pie crust. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the pie has set.
Cool and serve. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.
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