Sweet Potato Pie {Foodie Friday}

November 29, 2013

My dad’s side of the family is from about 20 minutes east of Vardaman, Mississippi which as everyone knows is the “Sweet Potato Capital of the World.”  I’ve grown up eating them just about every way you can eat them and then some. One of my favorite sweet potato recipes is Sweet Potato Pie.  My great grandmother made just about the finest sweet potato pie ever made and this recipe is about as close as I can get to that famous pie.  The recipe comes from the Cairo Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cookbook, which just happens to be the church I grew up in!  If you’re a novice pie maker it’s a great place to start. It’s quick, easy, and I bet you already have most of the ingredients on hand.  I usually make several as the recipe is easy to double and you can never have too much pie in your life.  Plus what neighbor would say no to a fresh pie?

That’s right, not one.

I hope you enjoy!

Sweet Potato Pie



½ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons melted butter
2 eggs
½ cup of milk
1 ½ cup cooked mashed sweet potatoes – usually one large sweet potato or two smaller ones
Two unbaked frozen pie shells


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

First, peel, cube, and boil your sweet potatoes on the stove.

Tips and Tricks on your ‘taters:
-drain the potatoes and mash when tender
-an electric hand mixer to really make them really smooth and creamy
-I know this is a little extra step but it’s so much better than using canned sweet potatoes!

In a bowl combine the sugar, eggs, and butter and mix until just combined with the electric hand mixer.  To this add your mashed sweet potatoes, milk, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Continue to mix until the mixture is nice and smooth.

Divide the mixture into two regular, frozen pie shells and bake at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the pies are set.  Personally, I don’t like warm sweet potato pie. I either like it room temp or cold from the fridge.  However, it’s you pie and your preference!

I hope you like this pie as much as I do and let me know if you make it and what you think!


headshotLana grew up in rural Clay County where she learned all the important things a good country girl should know like cooking, sewing, gardening, riding, cattle working, and a plethora of other things.  She lives in Macon, MS with her husband and daughter along with two miniature daushunds and four horses.  Follow along as she shares her love of all things Southern at http://hickoryridgestudio49.blogspot.com.

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