Jack Daniels Sweet-Potato Pie

I suppose I’m still trying to get back into the Southern groove. I’ve never been a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but like every good Southern soul I do appreciate a succulent sweet-potato pie. Now, you can find recipes for this just about everywhere. And the ingredients are basically always the same: sweet potatoes, butter, sugar, eggs, milk, spices. Pretty simple, really. But, I decided to do things just a LITTLE bit differently. Specifically, I decided that instead of using milk, I would use Jack Daniels (another Southern delicacy). Why? Better question: why not? It sure as hell makes licking the batter more appealing.

Note: while not overwhelmingly complicated, this recipe does take quite a bit of time. Just preparing the potatoes takes close to an hour. Then, like most Southern dishes, this pie is another example of the “low and slow” method of cooking. Oh, well. ENJOY!

JACK DANIELS SWEET POTATO PIE

INGREDIENTS:

  • One pound sweet potatoes
  • Half a stick of butter (4 ounces), melted
  • One cup sugar
  • Two eggs
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Jack Daniels (about 2 shots)
  • One nine-inch pie crust

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare the potatoes. For that:
    1. Put then in a pot, cover them with water, and boil them for about 40 minutes.
    2. After the potatoes have cooked, drain and cool them. Then, magically, the skin will just peel right off.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350*F.
  3. Take a large mixing bowl and mix the sweet potatoes, butter, sugar, and eggs until you have the consistency you desire.
  4. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, and Jack Daniels to taste.
  5. Pour batter into nine-inch pie shell. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until it passes the knife test.
    Pre-oven
    Post-oven
    Post-oven

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