Can y'all believe 2011 is almost over? The Holidays are almost here! I mean, Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away. That just blows my mind. I had a great soup recipe planned for today. I even had the post written, in fact. And then I realized the best food Holiday of the year is approaching and soup just wouldn't do it justice. We gotta talk about the good stuff, not soup. So this Monday & next I'm gonna introduce y'all to my 2 favorite, ultimate must-have sinful dishes of Thanksgiving, starting with my Mom's sweet potato pie.
I could eat this pie for breakfast, everyday. It's good cold or warm right out of the oven. It doesn't need a lot of fancy garnishes or homemade whip cream, although it doesn't hurt. It's simply front & center, stand alone Thanksgiving goodness. Trust me on this, I wouldn't steer you wrong.
- 2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp lemon extract
- chopped pecans
Crust: We now use Ina Garten's crust recipe because it's perfection
- 12 TB very cold unsalted butter
- 3 cups AP flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 TB sugar
- 1/3 cup very cold Crisco
- 6-8 TB ice water (about a 1/2 cup)
- Peel & cube sweet potatoes. Place in large stockpot & cover with water. Boil until cooked thoroughly. Drain well & mash.
- While the potatoes are cooling, make your pie crust.
- Blend all pie ingredients together, beating well until creamy & smooth.
- Bake in 400 degree oven until done, about 30 minutes.
- Top with some chopped pecans
Note: You can use an unbaked pastry for a 9-inch pie if you don't want to make homemade pie crust. Also, you can easily double this recipe for 2 pies if you like.
Clearly I'm biased, but I happen to think my Mom's pie is truly the best. It's just not Thanksgiving without it! I have so many great memories wrapped into this dish. But this isn't even my most favorite turkey day delight. You'll have to come back next Monday for that one. It'll be worth the wait, I promise you that! But I want to hear about your family favorites that you must have every Thanksgiving too! Tell me about them in the comments, and slip me the recipe ;)
Have a great week y'all and Mangia Mangia!!