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Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe - A Thanksgiving Tradition

By Edited Sep 22, 2016 11 34

Our Family's Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

This Southern sweet potato pie recipe is the one that my mother-in-law used to make her luscious pies, which she made every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m not sure where she got her recipe or whether she developed it herself, with trial and error, over a period of time. She was a marvelous cook, and she enjoyed making mouth-watering meals for her family and friends. Regardless of where it came from, it is a delicious dessert, and I am sure you will like it.

A Delicious Dessert – Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe – Ready to be Served
Credit: Southerngirl09

But remember, it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving or Christmas, or any special Holiday, to make and serve this wonderful, made from scratch, pie. Any day is a special enough day to warrant this yummy dessert.

Gather the ingredients:

4 cups sweet potatoes
4 eggs
1 stick of butter
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. nutmeg
2 cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cups evaporated milk
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. lemon extract

Let’s Cook

Wash and cook enough sweet potatoes to yield four cups. I cook my potatoes either in the microwave or I bake them in the oven. After they are done, peel the potatoes, and measure out what you’ll need. I measure the potatoes by packing them into a measuring cup making sure there are no air pockets in the cup. Then, place them in a bowl, and mash them with a potato masher or a mixer. (Any leftover sweet potatoes can be refrigerated and later warmed over for another meal.)

Using a mixer, beat the four eggs, and then add them to the potatoes mixing well.

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Melt the stick of butter, and stir it into the potatoes blending thoroughly. 

Stir in the salt, nutmeg, and the sugar. 

Gradually add the milk, and the vanilla and lemon extracts, blending all the ingredients together. 

Pour into two unbaked 9-inch pie shells. Tip: Do not scrape the filling off the mixer blades into the pies since the blades will have picked up any and all of the strings from the potatoes. 

Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350-degrees, and bake for approximately 50 minutes or until a silver knife inserted into the center comes out clean. 

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Remove the pies from the oven, and allow them to cool before serving. The pie can be served as is, or if you prefer, top each slice with whipped cream just before serving. 

And if you only need one of these pies, then simply halve this recipe.

A Yummy Slice of Heaven – Made from my Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Credit: Southerngirl09

In Closing


Dieticians rave over the health benefits found in these sweetest of potatoes. Now, I don’t know whether any of these dieticians would consider this pie a form of health food or not, but it sure is good for the soul.

If you’re hosting any fall themed party, be it the traditional Halloween or Thanksgiving parties, or just having a family get-together, this Southern sweet potato pie recipe is sure to please. This pie recipe is not only an autumn tradition but it offers a delicious taste of the season.



Oct 6, 2011 10:47pm
I love sweet potato pie ... and the one in your photograph looks delicious!
Oct 10, 2011 11:42am
Sweet potato pie and chocolate pie are my favorite pies. When it's autumn in Virginia, that means it's time for sweet potato pie.
Oct 9, 2011 12:07am
Congratulations on the feature! Sweet potato pie is a favorite of mine during the holidays, thanks for this recipe!
Oct 10, 2011 4:35pm
Thanks for stopping by and the comment.
Oct 9, 2011 1:34am
I much prefer sweet potato pie to pumpkin! Thanks for the great recipe!
Oct 10, 2011 4:52pm
Thanks for the comment. Of the two, I like sweet potato pies best, too.
Oct 9, 2011 1:39am
You shared a lot of recipes on IB. Congrats on this one being featured. I looovvvveeee peach pie.
Oct 10, 2011 5:02pm
Thanks for stopping by freedomw. Yes, I have published lots of recipes on IB. Since I cook everyday, it only seems natural to share the recipes I use.
Oct 9, 2011 1:53am
Man, I'm slavering already -- this, peanut butter pie, and baklava are all foods of the gods. I can NEVER find sweet 'tater pah in restaurants. This recipe looks fan-freakin'-tastic. I'll give it a crack. Thanks for popping it out.
Oct 10, 2011 5:46pm
Fall and sweet potatoes, what could be better! I love peanut butter, but have never made a peanut butter pie, do you have a recipe to share? If not, I'll have to scan the cookbooks. Thanks for reading and commenting on my article.
Oct 9, 2011 9:44am
Hi there! I can't wait to try this. It sounds delicious. Congrats on the featured article. I have tried several of your recipes on IB and have never been disappointed!
Oct 14, 2011 4:43pm
Thank you for commenting on my sweet potato pie recipe. I am glad you have been able to use some of my recipes and that they worked for you. I like to simplify recipes and instructions, whenever I can. Again, thanks!
Oct 9, 2011 12:31pm
I will have to give this a try! This is terrific!
Oct 14, 2011 5:01pm
Thanks M3 for commenting! If you like sweet potatoes, you will like this pie.
Oct 9, 2011 12:45pm
Sounds like a delicious variation on an old favorite. I'll have to try it.
Oct 14, 2011 5:22pm
Sweet potato pie is an old time favorite that many people enjoy during the holidays. I hope you like my recipe. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Oct 9, 2011 12:58pm
Fabulous recipe!! Congratulations on a great well deserved feature.
Oct 14, 2011 5:34pm
Thanks Lynsuz! I am very pleased to have this recipe Featured. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Oct 9, 2011 6:10pm
I've always favored pumpkin pie to sweet potato pie, but many in my family prefer the latter. I'm going to give your recipe a try.

I don't know if anyone else cooks their sweet potatoes by boiling them whole, but I've found it is easy and yields moist potatoes that can later be used as baked sweet potatoes, etc.
Oct 14, 2011 6:41pm
I like both pumpkin and sweet potato pies, and look forward to this time of the year to have them. My mother boiled her sweet potatoes and they were delicious. I have just always added them to the oven when I am cooking something else. Thanks for reading and commenting!
Oct 10, 2011 1:09pm
One of my favorite pies, so good, sweet potato pie recipe.
Oct 14, 2011 9:31pm
Thanks for commenting Sharon. One of my favorites, too!
Oct 11, 2011 12:18pm
Congratulations on your feature! Sounds like a recipe worth trying. What could be better than a southern sweet potato pie from a southerngirl!
Oct 12, 2011 12:19am
I am so excited to try this. Thanks and congratz on the feature!
Oct 12, 2011 12:00pm
i'm going to try this..great article!
Oct 13, 2011 3:09pm
Awesome! My family loves sweet potatoes!
Oct 21, 2011 2:45pm
Ahhh, how in heck, did you get so many comments? Wow! Good sweet potato pie recipe.
Oct 1, 2013 7:30am
This looks yummy, will have to try it as love things with sweet potato. Love the sweet potato chips too.
Jan 16, 2014 10:35am
It is a yummy pie and easy to make, too. My family likes the chips as well as the fries. Sweet potatoes are one of those really good for you foods. Thanks, Shar-On, I appreciate the read and comment.
Feb 10, 2014 2:26am
Sweet potatoes are amazing. I have even made gnocchi from a recipe at Info barrel. I lke your pie filling. My Mother used to beat up the evaporated milk to make it light and fluffy for ice cream.
I am gluten intolerant, so will make up a crust of my own.
Feb 17, 2015 9:39am
While updating this article, I found your comment. Thank you for reading and commenting on this article.
Sep 5, 2015 12:36pm
southerngirl09 - thank you for the comment on my apple pie recipe. I really appreciate it. I love sweet potato pie. I will have to try your recipe. I am a "southern girl" also. I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas but have lived in California since I was 19 except for a few years in the 70s that my husband (a native Californian) and I moved to Arkansas but returned to California in 1977.
Nov 29, 2015 11:38pm
I am just now coming across your articles, as I am new here. I loved reading this article, and I have to say I will have to save it to my must try list. I look forward to looking through your other articles and I hope that you had a wonderful thanksgiving.
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