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Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Southern Sweet Potato Pie on a table next to fresh potatoes

This southern sweet potato pie has just the right amount of sugar and spice, then is  baked to perfection . This pie is a staple in the South during the holidays and even takes the place of pumpkin pie on some dessert tables. Growing up my mother did not make pumpkin pie during the holidays. This was our pie of choice along with Pecan Tassies. This decadent pie is over looked many times during the holiday , but a really don’t know why . The funny thing is if you love pumpkin pies you will adore this rich and creamy pie. The opposite isn’t always true ..weird but true. I haven’t figured out if it’s a flavor or texture thing. This pie is like mashed sweet potatoes but held together slightly with a little spice, a little different from it’s holiday pie cousin. If you love the OTHER holiday pie  you must check out my Pumpkin Pie Supreme, how you can make a plain pie really extra.

The beauty of this recipe is it is super simple and you really don’t need any fancy equipment or ingredients.  I used canned sweet potatoes , I just drained the liquid and mashed them with a fork or potato masher. This is the way my Momma always did it , she was all about making recipes easy. With that being said if you want to use freshly baked or boiled sweet potatoes feel free.  I also used a premade deep dish crust but if you make a fabulous crust make it .

Things you will need to make Sweet Potato Pie:

Let’s Make Southern Swett Potato Pie!

Ingredients for Southern Sweet potato pie

Start by gathering the ingredients and preheating your oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium to large mixing bowl beat the eggs and evaporated milk until frothy.

Whipped eggs and milk in a mixing bowl

Beat in sugar , cinnamon, ginger , nutmeg and salt.

 

Adding sugar and spices

Mix in Vanilla and mashed sweet potatoes , mix until smooth

Mixed pie filling for southern sweet potato pie

Pour sweet potato filling into a prepared deep dish pie crust and bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour.

uncooked southern sweet potato Pie

Allow to cool completely before slicing. This is great alone and even better topped with whipped cream.

Slice of Southern Sweet potato pie with whipped cream

 

 

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

This southern sweet potato pie has just the right amount of sugar, spices and baked to perfection . This pie is a staple in the South during the holidays.
4.15 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American/Southern
Servings 8
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Deep Dish pie Crust
  • 2 cups Mashed Sweet Potatoes *see note
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • In a medium to large mixing bowl beat the eggs and evaporated milk until frothy
  • Beat in sugar , cinnamon, ginger , nutmeg and salt
  • Mix in Vanilla and mashed sweet potatoes , mix until smooth
  • Pour sweet potato filling into a prepared deep dish pie crust
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for one hour
  • Allow to cool completely before slicing
  • Serve alone or with whipped cream

Notes

Mashed Sweet potatoes can be prepared how ever you like . For this recipe I used canned sweet potatoes , drained and mashed . Two cups is equal to 2 -15oz cans or 1 29oz can. 
If you decide you want fresh sweet potatoes for this pie 2 cups is about 3 medium sweet potatoes. The can be baked or boiled . 
Keyword southern desserts, southern sweet potato pie, sweet potato pie
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Andrea Howe
Andrea Howe
3 years ago

This sounds divine and perfect for a pumpkin pie alternative on Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing!

Peter Gordon
Peter Gordon
1 year ago

Have you tried this with brown sugar?

Be
Be
16 days ago
Reply to  Peter Gordon

Try using 1/2 c white sugar and 1/2 c brown sugar. Yummy!

Polly
Polly
1 year ago

Love your recipes.

Judy K
Judy K
1 year ago

I love the alternative to pumpkin, cause I can’t get my hubby to eat it. Sweet potatoes are so good for you, it sounds like a perfect match –something sweet and nutritious!