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Easy Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie is a sweet and decadent dessert perfect for Thanksgiving or any time of year! This homemade version with fresh sweet potatoes is a tried and true recipe you’ll turn to again and again!
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My husband requested Sweet Potato Pie for Thanksgiving this year and I realized there was no recipe for it on the website yet so we had to fix that! This is a classic on my list of Southern Thanksgiving foods.
Sweet Potato Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie
I still made a pumpkin pie for my boys as well but honestly, sweet potato is my favorite.
While they are very similar, Pumpkin Pie has a more custard-like consistency and is more dense and heavily spiced than Sweet Potato Pie. Sweet Potato Pie is lighter and sweet without the nutmeg and ginger.
- sweet potatoes
- evaporated milk
- vanilla extract
- ground cinnamon
- premade pie shells or homemade pie crust
When I was younger I would make this recipe with canned sweet potatoes (yams) but honestly, it doesn’t take much effort to make them from scratch so why not? Read on for my go-to old fashioned Southern Sweet Potato Pie recipe!
This recipe makes two pies but you could also combine it into one deep dish pie instead. You can use premade crusts like I did or make your own homemade crust, just don’t bake the crust first.
Step by step
- Boil the sweet potatoes for twenty minutes until they are nice and soft.
- Preheat the oven to 425F.
- While the sweet potatoes are boiling, cream together the butter and sugar.
- Add in the eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon and mix well (photo 1 above).
- Drain and mash the sweet potatoes (photo 2), then add sweet potatoes to the filling mixture (photo 3) and mix (photo 4).
- Pour mixture evenly between two pie crusts.
- Place pies in the oven and reduce heat to 350F degrees. Bake for 50 minutes or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Tips for best results
- Allow the pie to cool completely before serving.
- This recipe can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated up to three days until ready to serve.
More Thanksgiving recipes you might like:
- Candied Yams
- Corn Pudding
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Sausage and Herb Stuffing
- Cheddar Chive Mashed Potatoes
- Maple Roasted Carrots
- Cranberry Relish
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