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Old-Fashioned Sliced Sweet Potato Pie

Old-Fashioned Sliced Sweet Potato PieChef Matt Johnson studied at the School of Natural Cookery in Colorado where the emphasis is on vegetarian cooking. He returned to the South to be closer to his family and his love for Southern cooking. This is his recipe for old-fashioned sliced sweet potato pie, enjoy!

Recipe Ingredients:

Pastry for 1 (9-inch) double-crust pie*
3 medium-size sweet potatoes (about 2 1/4 pounds total)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon butter, cut into bits

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C) Line a 9-inch pie plate with 1 layer of pastry; set aside.
  2. Wash, peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch slices. Combine 1 cup of water and the salt into a large saucepan. Add sweet potatoes slices. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until sweet potatoes are just barely tender when pierced, about 5 minutes. Drain slices, then rinse them with cold water until they are cool to touch. Drain slices well; transfer them to a large mixing bowl.
  3. To sweet potatoes, add sugars, lemon juice, flour and pumpkin pie spice. Toss gently with a spatula until slices are evenly coated. Spoon sweet potatoes into pastry-lined pie plate; dot top of potatoes with butter. Place top pastry over filling and crimp top and bottom pastries together to make decorative edge. Cut 3 to 4 slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
  4. Bake in 425°F (220°C). oven until crust is browned and sweet potatoes are tender when pierced, about 50 minutes. (If edges of crust start to brown too quickly, drape lightly with strips of foil. Cool pie on wire rack at least 1 hour. Serve warm or cool.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): calories 440; protein 5 g; carbohydrate 75 g; fat 14 g; fat (28% from fat); cholesterol 4 mg; sodium 460 mg; Vitamin A 25,674 IU; fiber 5 g.

*Use store bought, ready-to-use pie pastry, or your favorite recipe for homemade pie pastry.

Recipe and photgraph provided courtesy of North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission.