Sweet Potato Pie is a must have for your Thanksgiving Dinner. This Easy to make recipe uses a pre-made pie crust and filled with brown sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and of course, mashed sweet potatoes! The Marshmallow Meringue is literally the icing on the cake!
Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Every year when we are making our list of Thanksgiving dinner must-haves, the sweet potatoes are always top on my list.
This year, however, I decided to shake things up a bit. Rather than our usual mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, I thought we would do a Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue!
Meringue you ask? I have recently developed an obsession with all things meringue. It adds a whole new level of deliciousness to this delicious side dish. If you don’t feel like making the meringue, you can use whipped cream instead. However, I would urge you to try the marshmallow meringue, it really makes the recipe!
Is Sweet Potato Pie a Side Dish or Dessert
Some say sweet potato pie is a side dish because it is a vegetable. Others will say it is a dessert because it is served in a pie crust. In our house, we serve it with dinner as a side dish (one of the few vegetables that my kids don’t complain about!) But, I can totally get behind those that serve it as a dessert!
Which do you think it is? Side dish or dessert? Comment below!
Sweet Potato Pie or Pumpkin Pie – the age-old debate!
Who knew that pie could be such a dividing point, especially when you ask which is the superior pie for Thanksgiving!
My opinion, why choose, have both! Sweet potato pie is generally sweeter than pumpkin pie. But both equally delicious in their own way. If you want to diversify your pies, maybe try our Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins or our Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread in place of a pumpkin pie (my dad would kill me if he heard me suggest this!
Or, do what I do, use the sweet potato pie as a side dish and the pumpkin pie as a dessert – problem solved and everyone is happy (and their bellies will be full!)
Looking for the perfect pumpkin pie recipe? We are obsessed with our No-Bake Pumpkin Pie! The best thing is that it doesn’t take up any oven space when cooking for Thanksgiving!
How to make Easy Sweet Potato Pie
What I love about this recipe is that it can be prepared the day before Thanksgiving. For me, make-ahead recipes are a must. There is so much to do on the day of Thanksgiving, that I like to get as much done the day before as possible!
To make our sweet potato pie, you will want to grab a pre-made pie crust (unless you choose to make your own – more power to ya!)
Next, you need baked sweet potatoes! All you have to do is cook the sweet potatoes in the oven at 400 degrees for about 40-60 minutes or until they are tender. Let them cool, cut in half and then scoop out the pulp.
Using either a stand-up mixer or hand mixer, beat the sweet potatoes, butter, eggs, sugars, mil and all of the spices until combined, smooth and creamy. Pour the pie filling into the pre-made pie crust.
Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until the filling is set. Remove, let cool and then place in the refrigerator overnight.
How to make Marshmallow Meringue
It’s funny because people think meringue is so hard to master, but it really isn’t.
To make marshmallow meringue, using a medium bowl, beat your egg whites, salt and cream of tartar until it is foamy. Gradually beat in the sugar (small amounts at a time…this is key!) Beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.
Gently fold in the egg white mixture into the marshmallow fluff until fully incorporated.
Spoon the marshmallow meringue onto the cooled pie. Using the back of a spoon, create peaks
Now, you want to brown the meringue. You can do that either in the oven or using a flame torch. Preheat oven to 350 degrees or you can use a kitchen flame torch
If you are using the oven, preheat it to 350 degrees and place pie in middle rack for 5-8 minutes or until the meringue is lightly browned (keep your eye on it!)
If you are using a flame torch, lightly toast the meringue until browned (if this was me, I would probably have a fire extinguisher close by LOL)
More Thanksgiving Dessert
Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie Filling
- 1 9 inch pre-made pie crust
- 3 cups mashed sweet potato About 4-6 medium to large sweet potatoes
- ½ cup unsalted sweet cream butter melted
- 3 large eggs room temp
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- 3 tsp grated orange zest
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Marshmallow Meringue :
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 7 oz jar Marshmallow Creme
- 3 large egg whites room temp
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Poke the sweet potatoes with a fork and bake for 40 minutes or until tender.
- Let cool, cut in half and scoop out pulp.
- In a standing mixture or using a hand mixer, beat the sweet potatoes, butter, eggs, sugars, milk, and all the spices until combined and smooth.
- Pour the pie filling into the pre-made pie crust.
- Bake in the oven for 50 - 60 minutes or until set.
- Remove from oven and place onto a cooling rack to cool to room temp.
- Once cooled, place pie into the fridge for overnight.
- In a large bowl, scoop the marshmallow fluff into the bowl and set aside
- Using a standing mixer or a hand mixer, beat the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar until foamy.
- Gradually beat in the sugar into the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold in the egg whites into the marshmallow fluff until fully incorporated.
- Spoon the marshmallow meringue onto the cooled pie.
- Using the back of a spoon, create peaks.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees or you can use a kitchen flame torch to brown.
- If using the oven, place pie in middle rack for 5-8 minutes or until the meringue is lightly browned.
- If using a flame torch, lightly toast the meringue.
- Allow meringue to cool before serving.
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