It’s November and that means one thing – it’s time for holiday eating!! While this somewhat stresses me out (planning! grocery store crowds! fitting into my pants!) I absolutely love this time of year. The family get-togethers, buying presents for people I love, and of course – THE FOOD.
I have actually not only never made sweet potato pie, but I’ve never eaten sweet potato pie before now. I KNOW. Only now do I know what I was missing because this pie makes me never want to even think about pumpkin pie again. Okay maybe that’s dramatic because I do love me some pumpkin pie, but I’m kind of thinking sweet potato pie is where it’s at.
First of all, this pie starts with a gingersnap crust. Ginger. Snap. Crust. Already winning.
Then the sweet potato filling is made by just cooking a couple of sweet potatoes (I microwaved them – so easy!) and mixing the puree with sweetened condensed milk and spices.
Then comes the fun part – the meringue! This was a lot easier than I anticipated and really just involves a lot of work on your electric mixer’s part. You make a hot syrup with sugar and water, beat some egg whites, then add bourbon and vanilla.
The pie is finished by spreading the meringue on top and baking it for that golden brown top. Then you bring it to your Thanksgiving dinner, wow your friends and family, and all your life goals are met.
Now tell me – have you ever had sweet potato pie? I am just late to the game on this one?!