Sweet Potato Pie

*This is not sweet potato pie, I assure you, but that is what the recipe in “The Attic Cookbook called it. The Attic Cookbook: A treasury of rare old recipes – the kind that might be found in your great-grandmother’s attic”

6 sweet potatoes

6 tart baking apples

1 c. white wine

1/4 c. sugar

1/4 c. melted butter

Directions: 

Cook, peel and slice the potatoes. Peel and slice the apples. Butter bottom and side of casserole. Arrange sliced sweet potatoes and apples in alternate layers in casserole. Mix wine, sugar and melted butter together. Pour over mixture. Sprinkle top with a little grated nutmeg. Bake in covered casserole as is, or if desired, cover with a rich pastry crust. Bake until apples are tender, about 45 minutes.

*NOTE: I did half this recipe and put it in a pie pan, so I guess I really failed on the recipe, perhaps in a casserole pan it might have worked, but I still have my doubts.

Andouille & Sweet Potato Pie

This recipe comes from the Food & Wine website. Here is the link: http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/savory-pies-and-tarts#!slide=17

(I simplified things a bit, I did it without pie weights or a food processor and it all seemed to work out just fine.)

  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes, pierced with a fork
  • 1 c. yellow cornmeal
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 1/4 c. plus 2 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. andouille sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1/2 T.  dried sage, crumbled
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 large egg yolks

DIrections

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Wrap the sweet potatoes in foil and bake for 45 minutes, until they are soft. Let the sweet potatoes cool. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the cornmeal and flour with the 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the chilled butter cubes and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the ice water and pulse until the dough comes together. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead until smooth.
  2. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough to a 13-inch round, about 1/4 inch thick. Ease the dough into a 9-inch glass pie plate. Trim the overhang to 1 inch, then fold it under itself and crimp decoratively. Prick the bottom crust several times with a fork. Line the dough with foil and fill with pie weights. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the crust is barely set. Remove the foil and weights and bake for 10 minutes longer, until the crust is dry and very lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the andouille sausage and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic and dried sage and cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  4. Peel the sweet potatoes and transfer them to a food processor. Add the cream and puree until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add the egg yolks and process until incorporated. Transfer the filling to a large bowl and stir in the andouille mixture.
  5. Scrape the filling into the crust and bake for about 45 minutes, until the custard is set. Let cool for 20 minutes, then cut the pie into wedges .

MAKE AHEAD The pie can be refrigerated overnight. Rewarm before serving.

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Sweet Potato or Yam & Pecan

This recipe comes from the cookbook ‘Cajun – Creole Cooking’ by Terry Thompson. The Louisiana Lemon Cornmeal from this same book was so good I figured I would try it.

Verdict: If I’d actually followed the recipe it may have been better, but I combined recipes with one that mixed the pecans into the filling – not so good. The sweet potato pie filling flavor was amazing!

  • Single Pie Crust recipe
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • 1 c. cooked & mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. dark corn syrup
  • 1 c. evaporated milk (I used cream)
  • 1 1/2 c. coarsely chopped pecans

 

Topping:

  • 1 pint whipping cream, whipped with
  • 1/4 c. praline liquor or Frangelico
  • pecan halves

Directions:

Prepare and roll out pie crust, line pan and flute edges. Refridgerate.

In a large owl stir butter into sweet potatoes. Add all remaining ingredients except pecans and mix well.

Pour sweet potato filling into pie pan , sprinkle chopped pecans on top.

Bake in a 375 degree oven until filling is set and a knife inserted into the cent comes out clean, 40-50 minutes.

Cool to room temperature. Top with whipped cream, and pecan halves.