I am not much of a pumpkin-lover, and I usually spend this time of year trying avoid all sorts of pumpkin flavored treats. Thanksgiving is the exception, where it seems impossible to ignore pumpkin pie. I give in and have a small slice with a dollop of whipped cream, and it’s actually not so bad. But I’m always on the lookout for a pumpkin pie alternative, and I think I’ve found it.
This sweet potato pie with marshmallow meringue is so good and so perfect for this time of year that you won’t ever miss your old pumpkin pie recipe. In fact, this is the only pie you need to have on your Thanksgiving table (though, really, who has just one pie?).
I love sweet potatoes, but I had never before had them in a dessert. And I admit I was skeptical about this pie. I baked it, photographed it, and then let the slices sit on my counter for a few minutes while I cleaned up and did a few other tasks. Then I came back to the counter, grabbed the fork and took a taste. Next thing I knew the slice was gone. I don’t think I’ve had a dessert completely blow my mind that this in a long time. It was that good.
It’s like sweet potato casserole, although finally where it belongs, in the dessert category. The sweet potatoes are very light, and the marshmallow meringue is the perfect topping. You betcha this pie is going to make an appearance at my table next week.
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