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Kentucky Sweet Potato Pie

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!

Sweet Potato Pie

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.

Sweet Potato Pie

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.

Sweet Potato Pie

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.

Sweet Potato Pie

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!

Sweet Potato Pie

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Kentucky Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
9 inch pie
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
9 inch pie
Ingredients
Sweet Potato Pie
Instructions
  1. Prepare or purchase your favorite pie crust.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  3. Beat the cooked, peeled potatoes until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add all ingredients (I put the butter in first and buried it in the hot sweet potatoes so it would melt).
  5. Beat until fully blended and smooth.
  6. Pour into prepared pie crust and bake for 60-90 minutes. It will likely take closer to the 90, but keep an eye on it so your crust doesn't burn.
  7. When the center of the pie is set, remove from oven and cool.
  8. Cover the top of the pie with mini marshmallows and torch until toasty! If you don't have a kitchen torch, you can use the broiler, but watch very closely because the marshmallows will burn very quickly!
Recipe Notes

If you would like to leave the bourbon out of this recipe, substitute 1 tablespoon of vanilla instead and add an additional 1/4 cup of whipping cream.

Need a pie crust recipe?  I have one for you here!

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