Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie*

It’s that time of the year where we go around and tell people what we are thankful for. So here are 10 things I am thankful for in no particular order.

1. The lady at the grocery store who had two saved cans of Pumpkin at the store and gave them to me…and she did this in front of the little old lady who tried to run me over to get to the last cans of pumpkin first.

2. My family, friends, and you guys. Cliche but so true.

3. A-line dresses. They put stretchy pants as a Thanksgiving outfit to shame.

4. Cranberry Jelly. The one from the can that you have to shake for 10 minutes to get it to plop out onto the serving dish…you know, the one with all the ridges on the sides. Because it just isn’t Thanksgiving without it.

5. Jorge, for all his support each and every day.

6. That the guy who I would have written off as a “gangsta”, that had his pants 20 feet below his ass, chased me down at Publix the other day to give me my debit card that fell out of my hand.

7. That everyone I love is healthy and happy this Thanksgiving.

8. For my DVR. Because how else would I know who got sent home on Top Chef and also know if Claire finally killed Phil on Modern Family? But maybe I should be unthankful for my DVR because then I might have a life. Hmph.

9. I’m thankful for this blog. Because where else would I find people to read this crap?

10. And lastly, for wine. Because as a society I think we function better with it.

This Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie is the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving feast! Or if you were not on the list for pie, like me, it goes even better for a warm up pie to Thanksgiving!


Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie


1-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 medium potatoes), peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch dice
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole or lowfat buttermilk (preferably whole)
1 Sweet Pie Crust, prebaked


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Pour 1-1/2 inches of water into a 3-quart stockpot with a strainer basket and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the sweet potatoes, cover, and steam until fork-tender, about 20 minutes. Strain the sweet potatoes, place in a large bowl, and let cool to room temperature. Mash them to a smooth puree with a fork or a potato masher. You should have 1-1/4 cups puree; discard any excess. Add the butter, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt, mixing thoroughly with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula after each addition.

In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly with a whisk, about 30 seconds. Add the sugar and beat until they're a creamy lemon-yellow color, about 1-1/2 minutes. Add the egg mixture to the sweet potato mixture and stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until the eggs are thoroughly incorporated and the filling is a consistent bright orange color. Add the flour a little at a time, stirring after each addition, until thoroughly incorporated. Add the buttermilk and stir to incorporate.

Wash the whisk in a stream of hot water to wash away any butter residue, then rinse in cold water to cool it down and dry with a paper towel. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites to soft peaks, about 1-1/2 minutes. With a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the sweet potato-buttermilk mixture until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and bake on the middle rack until the center is firm and set, 35 to 40 minutes.

Remove the pie from the oven and cool completely on a rack. Serve at room temperature (or cover with plastic wrap, chill in the refrigerator, and serve cold), with a dollop of whipped cream and a mint leaf on top.




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20 Responses to “Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie”

  1. 1

    notyet100 — November 24, 2010 @ 1:38 am

    happy thanksgiving…pie looks delicious,..

  2. 2

    Eliana — November 24, 2010 @ 10:19 am

    I love that you are thankful for your DVR – I can’t live without mine!

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    DessertForTwo — November 24, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    haha, I love your list! You write so well!

    This pie combines my 2 favorite pies in 1: buttermilk and sweet potato! I absolutely have to make it! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Cara — November 24, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    This pie sounds absolutely amazing! Two great flavors together!! YUM!

  5. 5

    NIcole — November 24, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    I just made this pie last night for the first time. I’m hoping it’s as delicious as it looks. The Lee Bros. haven’t disappointed, yet.

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    Sharlene — November 24, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    Your list was fantastic especially number 10. Amen to that!! Happy Thanksgiving :)

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — November 24, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    I love the idea of a SP pie. This looks wonderful.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 24, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

    What a sweet list of favorites, and a perfect, sweet pie to go along with them. This looks delicious, Jessica. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    Anna Johnston — November 24, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

    Love, love, love your list lady…., I’m with you on the wine – specially at this time of year, it certainly helps with the endless work related Christmas ‘networking’ events!!!

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    Kita — November 25, 2010 @ 9:40 am

    Ive never really had sweet potatoes, let alone as a dessert, but this really makes me want to try them. :)

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    Chiara — November 26, 2010 @ 4:04 am

    I definitely agree on the wine! Hope your Thanksgiving was awesome!

  12. 12

    LimeCake — November 26, 2010 @ 4:39 am

    what a delicious looking pie! very festive! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 26, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    haha I so agree on the A-line dress movement – that’s what I wore yesterday and ate 2 Thanksgiving dinners and 2 desserts (don’t tell anyone). This pie looks divine!

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    Leah — November 27, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    We’ve got leftover sweet potatoes and buttermilk from other recipes this Thanksgiving. Going to try out this pie…because like wine, you can never have enough pie! Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

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    Julie Roberts — November 27, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    looks so good. can’t wait to try.

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    ChefBlogDigest — November 28, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    Thank you for the yummy recipe. I really love pies from crust to toppings. I recalled how my mom asked me to eat my dinner with pie and oh I had a wonderful childhood dining experience :) I will definitely try your recipe.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — November 28, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

    YUM! This sounds delicious!

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    Mom — November 28, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

    will you please blog something new??????

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    The Novice Chef » Sweet Hoecakes with Blackberry Rum Sauce — February 25, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

    […] But no, I’m sorry you can not substitute the buttermilk in this recipe! No quick tricks or swaps with milk…it really needs true buttermilk. I know it’s a pain, but it’s so worth it…and if you need to use up leftover buttermilk I have a few ideas of how:┬áCinnamon Sweet Potato Biscuits — Southern Buttermilk Biscuits — Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie […]

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    Laurie — November 23, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

    I just made this. It’s awesome! Thank you for the recipe! It will be a hit at Thanksgiving this year!

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