Southern Sweet Potato Pie

old fashioned sweet potato pie

One of my favorite southern desserts and also one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, this old-fashioned sweet potato pie recipe is best when made with sweet potatoes that you cook yourself. In the South, this tasty dessert is often called “sweet tater pie” or just “tater pie.” You’ll need 1 ½ cups cooked and mashed sweet potato pulp, so choose the amount of sweet potatoes you buy accordingly. Some cooks boil their sweet taters for a tater pie, but I usually bake mine until they’re soft.

Holle’s Sweet Potato Pie recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted and cooled
  • Small can evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 deep-dish pie crust

Directions: Make sure potatoes are smooth and free of long fibers. Add both sugars, butter, and cream. Add eggs one at a time. Add next six ingredients and pour into pie shell.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes. Pie will “rise,” but after cooling for a few minutes it will fall.