Today might be Halloween but I’m focused on the fact that Thanksgiving is around the corner (23 days away, to be exact) and figured it was time to start hitting y’all with Turkey Day recipes. If your family is divided between sweet potato and pecan pie lovers, I highly encourage you to try this out. It’s truly the best of both worlds with two Thanksgiving classics rolled into one…plus bourbon! You can’t go wrong with bourbon, right? Right.
There are a bunch of sweet potato pecan pie recipes around the internet but for this one I enlisted two of the great cooking influences in my life: my grandma and Ms. Patti LaBelle. My granny has baked perfect pecan pies for our family every year for as long as I can remember. And Ms. Patti has been popping since before Patti Pies hit your local Walmart last holiday season. I asked Grandma for guidance directly and looked up Ms. Patti’s recipe in one of her fabulous cookbooks (I don’t have her number just yet). 🙂
This is probably more like a sweet potato pie with pecan pie topping because the sweet potato layer is much thicker. Just between us, I made a few tweaks to the sweet potato pie recipe like roasting the sweet potatoes instead of boiling (deepens the flavor) and, of course adding bourbon. It doesn’t take much longer to make this hybrid pie than either of the original components and the smells while baking are incredible. Even though it’s a straightforward recipe, you can make it even simpler by skipping the homemade crust. I’ve included my go-to all butter crust recipe in the instructions below but we’re all busy so I won’t tell anyone if you just use a prepared crust from the store.
This is the last in my mini-series of sweet potato recipes for October so I wanted to go out with a bang. I hope y’all like it. The others from this month were this spicy chipotle skillet meal, salted caramel sweet potato blondies, and a sweet potato cheesecake with spiced crust. If you love sweet potato, check back here on Friday for a roundup of over 40 sweet potato recipes to get us ready for Thanksgiving and beyond. Thanks for reading!