This Thanksgiving I’m blessed to not have to cook a full spread of “delectables”. We usually do not celebrate Thanksgiving in the potluck manner, my grandmother cooks everything but we decided to do it a little different this year and give her a break.
I was tasked to make Sweet Potato Pie. Now under natural, normal circumstances I would have been bogged down in spirit by this daunting task. It’s not that I don’t know how to make them, but when I think about boiling potatoes, peeling them, being up to my elbows in flour, and obsessing about rolling out and crimping the most perfect buttery, flaky pie dough…I get overwhelmed!! “Ain’t nobody got time for that”!!!!
So after analyzing my recipe, I decided I could take a few shortcuts. This recipe had been passed down through my family from my grandmother, from her grandmother. My mom, aunts, grandmother, and cousins all make it in our various parts of the country every year because it’s tried and true. There are slight variations, for example some of them use vanilla, I don’t. Some of them only use two eggs, I use three. Some of them peel potatoes, but I already told you what I ain’t got time for ——> THAT. So this is my version. 🙂
ShortcutSweet Potato Pie
(Makes two 8-inch pies)
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
2 cups of Granulated Sugar
1 40oz can Sweet Potatoes, drained (or 4 large Sweet potatoes, boiled, cooled,and peeled if you must)
1 12oz can of Evaporated Milk
1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
2 Ready Made 9in Pie Shells (frozen section)
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Position oven rack to the middle for even cooking.
2.In a clean bowl, cream butter and sugar together with a mixer until smooth. Add potatoes and mix until smooth.
3. Slowly add one egg at a time, combining well after each one. Add milk and spices and mix until combined.
4.Pour into both unbaked pie shells, distributing evenly. Place pies on the middle rack and bake for one hour.
It will be a lovely dark orange and the crust golden brown!! You can insert and clean knife or toothpick in the center to see if its done. Ovens’ true temperatures vary, but it shouldn’t need more than 60 minutes.
Keep it simple and delicious this holiday! You have enough going on through the hustle and bustle of it all. This Sweet Potato Pie is dedicated to those who want homemade taste without breaking a sweat! Your secret is safe with me.
BMWK is this something you would try?