Growing up in Ohio, we had many traditional dishes for this fabulous day of stretchy pants...but the one dessert I had never experienced...was sweet potato pie.
When I moved to North Carolina, I took a job as a therapist in home health. This gave me the opportunity to really get to know how people from NC lived.
In one of my favorite homes, there was a woman I lovingly called "Grandma". She was the heart and soul of her family - and man could she cook.
She often laughed and shook her head at me saying, "Shug, you ain't never gonna keep no man unless you know how to feed him right". It was her mission to teach me and she began with this...the best sweet potato pie recipe...ever.
Grandma's Sweet Potato Pie
3 Big Sweet Potatoes
1 Stick of Butter
1 teaspoon of Flour
1 Cup of Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons of Nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons of All-Spice
1 1/2 teaspoons of Ginger
1 teaspoon of Vanilla
1 Small Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
Quarter the sweet potatoes and boil them until they're soft.
Run them under cold water to peel the skin off.
With an electric beater, blend them until they're smooth, then add butter, egg, flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, ginger and vanilla.
Slowly add the milk until it reaches the right consistency of pancake/cake batter.
Spoon filling into pie shell.
Bake at 300* for 20 minutes.
Recipe for Pie Crust
3/4 Cup of Shortening (Crisco)
2 Cups of Flour
1/2 teaspoon of Salt
1 Tablespoon of cold water
Mix until a soft ball forms, roll out and place in pie plate. It's good to prick the bottom of the crust a few times with a fork, then put it in the preheated 300* oven for a few minutes to brown just a little.
From our home to yours, Have a Happy (and Delicious) Thanksgiving! God Bless!