Aside from dessert, my favorite food on the Thanksgiving table is the sweet potatoes. And that’s probably because it’s basically a dessert that’s served with dinner. My mom’s sweet potatoes are always topped with cherries, pineapple rings, and plenty of marshmallows. Just how I like ’em!
Since we’ve moved to Boston, my husband and I have celebrated Thanksgiving as just the two of us. He likes to make a full Thanksgiving meal for us and I make the desserts. The one thing I ask for is my mom’s sweet potatoes. We’ve tried them a few different ways over the past couple years, but nothing compares.
This year, my mom called me to get my thoughts on her adding Red Stag to her sweet potatoes. Red Stag is Jim Beam bourbon with a black cherry flavor. I was honestly so into this idea that I was disappointed I didn’t come up with it myself! It sounded too good for me to not use it so I decided to give a sweet potato pie a go.
I’ve never had sweet potato pie so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I also could not find Red Stag in Boston. I never realized how hard it is to find certain bourbons outside the state of Kentucky. After going to FOUR liquor stores, I ended up finding Evan Williams Cherry so I bought that instead.
The first go-round tasted basically like mashed sweet potatoes in a pie crust, so I increased the brown sugar and the bourbon and got this divine result. Sweet potato pie is not necessarily something that has ever appealed to me, but after trying this I plan to have this at every Thanksgiving from now on! The recipe is so easy and all you need is one bowl and some beaters. Impress your family by bringing this dessert to your Thanksgiving celebrations!