Purple Sweet Potato Pie
I love baking pie for Thanksgiving, but I’m not really a pumpkin pie fan so I like to switch it up from year to year. This year I had decided to make a sweet potato pie for two reasons, 1) because I live in a southern state, and 2) because they’re super yummy!
So off I went to the grocery store to purchase the ingredients needed. I walked in and what was the very 1st thing I stumbled upon? PURPLE sweet potatoes! I had never seen, or even heard, of purple sweet potatoes before, and since I have a number of family members who go bonkers for anything and everything purple, I just knew I had to get them. Purple Sweet Potato Pie - What a fun addition to the holiday table!
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Purple Sweet Potato Pie
makes 1 pie (9-inch)
For the Pie Filling:
1 pound cooked and peeled purple sweet potatoes (see cooking directions below)
12 once can evaporated milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell (try my easy recipe here)
For the Meringue Topping:
2 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
big pinch of cream of tartar
small pinch of fine salt
1/3 cup superfine sugar
To make the pie filling:
Preheat oven to 350F and place rack in lower center position.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine until completely smooth the peeled sweet potatoes, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs, butter, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves; scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Pour mixture into prepared pie shell; place on a sheet pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until set (a very slight giggle in the very center of the pie is fine).
Remove pie from oven and cool to room temperature before chilling in an airtight container for several hours (overnight is even better).
To make the meringue topping:
In a medium bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, place the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla bean paste, and salt; use a fork or whisk to mix the ingredients and break up the eggs until they're frothy.
Use a hand mixer or the whip attachment of a stand mixer to whip egg whites until they reach soft peaks; sprinkle sugar in slowly and continue whipping until the whites are glossy and they reach the stiff peak stage.
Place meringue in a large pastry bag fitted with a large round tip or large open star tip and pipe kisses around the top circumference of the pie; place under broiler for 2-3 minutes until meringue begins to brown on the edges, watching very carefully to prevent burning. Serve immediately.
To bake purple sweet potatoes: wash potatoes and pierce with a knife or fork in several places to keep the potatoes from exploding in the oven. Place prepared potatoes in a baking dish and cover with foil; bake for 1 hour. Cool purple sweet potatoes, then peel skin off and discard - the skin should be easy to remove by hand or with a paring knife (you’ll definitely want to protect your hands with disposable gloves).
DO NOT add meringue until just before serving - it’s highly hygroscopic and will become wet/watery if added too early.
If you have a favorite sweet potato pie recipe, feel free to substitute purple sweet potatoes for the usual orange ones next time you make it.
Topic for discussion at your next holiday gathering: Sweet Potatoes vs Yams. Although some people refer to sweet potatoes as yams, true yams are found in Africa and Asia. Just about every orange, yellow, and now purple-flesh “yam” sold in the US is actually a sweet potato.
Surviving the Holidays: Keto Edition
Hey Keto World! We are here, the holidays are approaching fast, and we are trying to decide to keto during the holidays or not to keto during the holidays. Well, of course, I am going to say stick to keto. It is so much harder to get back on track after a few days of carb loading. Also, as soon as you stand on the scale you will instantly regret that peach cobbler, apple pie and 3 servings of mac and cheese you had.
Here are some tips and tricks to survive the holidays and stay on track. Remember you got goals to smash!
Tip #1: Stick to Meat and Vegetables
The easiest way to stick to the keto diet during the holidays is to focus on protein and vegetables. Plan your menu ahead of time to stay on track. Go ahead and grab some turkey, ham, brisket, collard greens and string beans. Your body will thank you!
Tip #2: Make a Keto Dessert
Pinterest has a wealth of information and tons of keto friendly recipes that will help you to satisfy your sweet cravings, while not feeling left out. Most recipes you can make in advance, which is great for scheduling a yummy snack.
Tip #3: Just Say No
You don't have to justify to every family member why you are not eating the candied yams, or why you don't have any cornbread stuffing on your plate. Focus on your goals and politely say no. If that fails, pack it to go and trash it when you get home. Sometimes a simple no is not enough.
Tip #4: Watch the Alcohol
Cocktails and mixed drinks will be the end of you! Most mixed drinks have as much sugar as desserts and will instantly kick you out of ketosis. As I stated in my book, stick to pure alcohols like tequila, rum and vodka. You can drink these alone (if you’re a BOSS) or with low carb mixers such as diet soda or seltzer. You can also have white and red wines that are not too sweet.
If you decide not to keto during the holidays, here's a few tips:
Tip #1: Cheat Meal or Cheat Day
Don't make this a cheat week. Set a time limit to ensure that you can get back on track as soon as possible.
Tip #2: Limit the Sweets
Don't eat the entire cheesecake and drink constantly. In my experience, if you have been on keto for a while your body will not be happy with the sudden change. I've cheated, had sweets and drank, and I've paid my dues in the bathroom. Trust me, no one is about that life.
Tip #3: Portion Control
Try and stick within you’re the right portions. I know this can be hard when the baked mac and cheese is creamy and there is no measuring spoon. Rule of thumb is to maintain a portion size of your fist for each section of your plate.
Whatever you decide to do, stay safe!