Pie…the word conjures up memories of grandma’s kitchen, warm and fragrant, the heart of the household. A tender, flaky crust full of homemade goodness…pie is the favorite dessert of many.
Sweet potatoes…this word also conjures up memories of grandma’s kitchen, particularly at Thanksgiving. We’re all familiar with the cloying sweetness of canned sweet potatoes baked with marshmallows on top, but did you know just how versatile sweet potatoes really are? And how healthy?
Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber and beta-carotene as well as other vitamins and minerals. They can be roasted, fried, baked, and mashed and they serve as major ingredients in many dishes.
Including pie. This pie.
Sweet Potato Chocolate pie has a wonderful silky smooth filling of mashed sweet potatoes which rests on a fudgy chocolate base. The crunch of toasted walnuts tops the pie. Served with whipped cream (the real kind, not “whipped topping”), you have a dessert fit for royalty.
This pie falls under the category of custard pies.
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine first 4 ingredients and beat until smooth.
Mix in rum, sweet potato, and vanilla.
Slowly add melted butter to mixture, and blend until smooth.
Sprinkle chocolate chips and pecans onto pie crust bottoms.
Bake 35 to 45 minutes, until “softly firm” in the middle and golden brown. (see Notes)
Serve at room temperature with dollop of whipped cream.
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