Sweet Potato Chess Pie Recipe- A fun holiday twist on a classic Southern pie using Land O Lakes® Butter. This is a great way to jazz up both chess pie and sweet potato pie renditions for the holidays!
The holiday season makes my soul complete. It really does seem to have this restorative power that makes the entire year worthwhile. I think the fact that I’m surrounded by my family, blessings, laughter and delicious recipes brings everything full circle. Every major holiday starts pretty much the same way in my family. I wake up in a place very far from my Chicago home: Mississippi. Winona, Mississippi to be exact. It is where my grandparents live and where our holiday usually plays out. After a big breakfast, the women in my family get to working on the main feast. We work side by side chopping, stirring, dicing, and preparing the meal that our family will enjoy together. This is hard work for sure, but there is so much fun and love that I forget the work part. Our family’s favorite anecdotes get told in the kitchen over and over again, and I never quite get tired of them. After preparing everything from fried turkey to my aunt’s cornbread dressing, our savory sensations receive lots of attention – but it is the desserts that grab mine.
My big mama’s sweet potato pie is a highlight that truly represents our heritage. It is a recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation and has featured Land O Lakes® Butter through those years. It never fails to make an appearance on our holiday dessert table. It means a lot to the tradition of our holiday season. Her sweet potato pie is also quite famous. I remember seeing locals drop by her home to get a pie for their own holiday. Nothing is better than my big mama’s sweet potato pie, and the whole neighborhood of Winona seemed to agree.
I love watching my grandmother prepare it and sometimes imagine making it for my grandchildren one day. She sits in her kitchen chair and starts mixing the beautifully tender sweet potatoes into oblivion with Land O Lakes® Butter, sugar and spices galore. After removing all of the strings, the mixture would become silky smooth and ready to pour into prepared pie crusts and baked. Peering inside the oven was a favorite pastime of mine. Watching a pie bake is truly magical indeed. You slowly see the pie set and the crust brown into golden perfection.
This sweet potato chess pie is a tribute to the original, and no holiday in my family is complete without a sweet potato pie. It adds a wonderful richness to our holiday celebration in the most authentic and traditional way. I love remixing the traditional recipes in my family to bring them new life, and this pie does just that for the holiday season. It still has all the warmth of Big Mama’s original but with a little freshness to keep the holiday dessert table from getting stale. I know this sweet potato chess pie will be just the treat that my parents, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents will enjoy this year.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Land O Lakes® Butter and all opinions expressed here are my own.
- ½ cup Land O’ Lakes unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons yellow cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups mashed sweet potatoes (About 1 ½-2 medium sized sweet potatoes peeled, diced, boiled until tender and mashed)
- 1 prepared pie crust in pie pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Beat butter and sugar together on high until light and fluffy (about 4-5 minutes).
- Add eggs one at a time and mix together until well incorporated.
- Next add cornmeal, flour, cinnamon, vinegar and vanilla and finally slowly add mashed sweet potatoes into batter and beat until completely smooth.
- Pour batter into prepared pie shell and bake for 45-50 minutes.
- Cool for at least 4 hours and serve.