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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Sweet Potato Pie

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Sweet potato pie is a Southern favorite. Here is a great recipe, from “The New Basics Cookbook” by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins of Silver Palate fame, with some great fresh flavors. Yes, it brings me back to my southern roots!

2 1/2 cups flaked sweet coconut
1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
2 cups cooked sweet potatoes
3 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine coconut and melted butter in a small bowl. Press mixture into into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate. Bake in oven till golden brown — about 15 minutes. Remove crust from oven and raise oven temperature to 350. Puree all the rest of the ingredients in the food processor till smooth. Scrape mixture into crust and smooth top. Bake in oven 30 minutes or until top looks dry and a knife inserted in pie comes out clean. This makes 8 portions. Whipped cream couldn’t hurt!