Sweet Potato Pie

by arnold on February 2, 2007

When I was in college, I had a sweet potato pie at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles that was so bad it compelled me to learn how to make my own. It was one of my first culinary epiphanies.

I’ve been using this sweet potato pie recipe for years. I found it on the Web a long time ago, so I’m not sure who I’m supposed to credit, but here it is:

2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust (Dough/crust and I don’t get along. Mrs. Smith’s is my favorite store brand)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and place the rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the sweet potatoes, eggs, evaporated milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. For a lighter, fluffier pie, assemble this mixture in a blender and give it whir for a minute or so to incorporate some air into the mixture.
  3. Pour the batter into the pie crust and place the pie directly on the oven rack.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let the pie cool for a bit before serving.

For variety, you can top with 1 cup of toasted pecans and then drizzle the top of the pie with a little maple syrup before placing in oven.

(Picture courtesy of The Green Cutting Board.)

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Harlan December 14, 2005 at 8:57 am

That photo does get around – I appreciate that you mention its source, you’re a gentleman and a scholar.

I’ve linked you at Greenboard Links ’cause it looks to be a very entertaining blog.

Thanks again, Harlan


Katie Morris August 30, 2006 at 3:56 am

I’ve always had pumpkin pie and not sweet potato; thanks for the recipe I’ll have to try it sometime!

Katie Morris


emy November 25, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Thank you, thank you for this recipe! I love sweet potato pie more than pumpkin pie…must be the Southern girl in me.


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