Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

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Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 12 min
Cook Time: 55 min
Difficulty: Easy

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3   egg whites
1   9-inch unbaked pie crust
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2   eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1-2 tablespoons bourbon
1/2   stick melted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 cups peeled, cooked sweet potatoes





Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

For the filling, using an electric hand mixer, combine the potatoes, 1 cup of the sugar, the butter, eggs, vanilla, salt, and spices. Mix thoroughly. Add the milk and continue to mix.  Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Place the pie on a rack and cool to room temperature before covering with meringue.

For the meringue, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form; beat in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.  Continue beating until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is glossy and stiff, but not dry.  With a rubber spatula, spoon the meringue onto the pie, forming peaks.  Make sure the meringue touches the crust all around.  Sprinkle with a pinch of granulated sugar.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until delicately browned.  Cool and serve.

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By Anonymous on December 05, 2013


I had never made a sweet potato pie before and I always love your recipes so I decided to give it a try. I made this pie after working a 12 hour third shift and was so tired when I made it that I accidentally left out the eggs. Well let me tell you, I got so many compliments on this pie despite the faux paux. I can't wait to make it the right way....it can only be fabulous !!! Love you, Love your cooking !!!

By Suzan Johnston on November 28, 2013


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By Carolyn Will on November 27, 2013



By rosa dinkins on November 26, 2013


Paula Deen my husband and I tried your old fashioned sweet pie It come out beautiful that is the best recipe I have eaten I love your recipes I am going to cook one of your turkey recipes I will let you know how it turn out I love you Paula Deen I miss your cooking show be glad when your back on Tv Have a Happy Thanks Giving God Bless You and Your Family Love Ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Joyce Copeland on November 23, 2013


which bourbon do you prefer to use?

By margie on November 19, 2013


The original recipe I found on the Food Network, did not specify the size of pie pan crust to use. Is it a 9", deep dish? I want to make it this week as a dry run for Thanksgiving Day. Any help is really appreciated. Thanks, Virginia Shipp nighthawk2173@gmail.com

By Virginia Shipp on November 18, 2013


No what happen you will always be my favorite food network Star!!!!!

By Jondra on July 14, 2013


Miss Paula has the best recipes EVER!!!!! I love coming to this site and getting new ideas. She's the best and my family loves the food.

By Sheneuqa Jackson on November 20, 2012


Traditional Sweet Potato Pie does NOT have a Meringue topping!! Neither does Pumpkin Pie!! ONLY Lemon Meringue and Orange Meringue Pies and some people put a Meringue topping on Old Fashioned Key Lime Pie, NOT the easy Sweetend Condensed Milk Graham Cracker Key Lime version. That's just Paula adding her own twist to her pie. Kicking it up a notch as Emeril would say LOL. Paula and Emeril do that with most of their recipes... If you add Pumpkin Pie spice to Sweet Potatoes than you're just destroying the delicate, light flavor of SWEET POTATOES!! You should just make a Pumpkin Pie and be done with it. Sweet Potatoes have a very different flavor than Pumpkin does. Most people in the South who top their Pumpkin and Sweet Potatoe pies use COOL WHIP or REDI WHIP. I grate a lil Nutmeg on top of my topping, and DON'T pile up the whip either when serving it. It takes away from the Sweet Potatoe or Pumpkin flavor to me. Usually I flute it around the edge of the slice. You get plenty of whip and MORE filling which is the YUMMMMMMY part!! Happy Baking Everybody!!

By Janice on October 09, 2012


BEST FOOD I EVER TASTE IN MY LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Anonymous on March 02, 2012


My husband and I bought a 20 lb sack of sweet potatoes from Louisiana. I told him I want to make a "good sweet potato pie" with them. So I looked up this recipe from Miss Paula and I have had to make it for a Christmas office party and my husband request it more often than any pie I make, and his favorite pie is chocolate. Thank you Paula for a great recipe! Sincerely, Susanne Jordan

By Susanne Jordan on January 28, 2012


I used this recipe for my Christmas dinner this past Sunday. My family loved it so much that today (Wednesday following) I am now baking two more pies. They especially love the meringue on top. Thanks Paula, what a hit in my house.

By Bekki on December 28, 2011


Paula this is my very 1st time making a sweet potatoe pie & red velvet cake using ur recipes. OMG I PRAY THAT THEY BOTH COME OUT OK IM NERVOUS LOL....LOL WISH ME LUCK & I need all the prayers I can get...lol Also wishing you & your family a beautiful Christmas & HAPPY NEW YEAR

By Valerie Clark on December 25, 2011


Hey Paula, How is mildred doing? How often do you get micheal in the kitchen with you cooking at home?

By deb on December 23, 2011


you got itgoing on.Ihave your Cookbook The Book i have is the Christmas CookBook and i Like your sweet potato pies is the Best.Carline Shiflett@yahoo.com thank you

By carlineshiflett on December 22, 2011


I use to watch my mom make sweet potatoe pies when I was growing up. I can still picture her doing so. Of course she would ask me to stir the pot while she was doing other more important things. Potato Pie, Lemon marine pie, coconut cake, boy that brings back great memories the only time we had cake and pie for breakfast. grin) Thanks for the momories Paula Have a great Christmas to all of you.

By Anonymous on December 20, 2011


Im going to try this sweet potatoe pie recipe for Christmas.My friend wanted one with coconut, said his mom made it, so I will try your recipe with adding coconut on top. I will let u know how it turns out.Billie

By Billie on December 18, 2011


To whomever typed this recipe onto Paula's website....shame on you. Ingredients are always listed in the order of appearance. Any ingredients used in two places should be designated "divided".

By SharonZee on November 30, 2011


MY bad, I found it , but it must be a deep dish or something. I mashed the potatoes before I mashed them. Too much?

By Cyd Higgins on November 24, 2011

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