Food is the great unifier--beyond culture, color or creed. Rose McGee used this pie recipe to comfort those grieving from racially motivated crimes, and has expanded her efforts on a national scale. Sweet potato pie is a universal symbol of togetherness and celebration in black culture, and you can practically taste the joy when you take a bite. This recipe makes 2 pies so you can feed a gathering or give a gift.

Rose McGee
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2020


Recipe Summary

25 mins
4 hrs
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place sweet potatoes in a large pot. Cover with water by 3 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, partially covered, until the sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 45 minutes. Transfer the sweet potatoes to a plate and set aside until cool enough to handle, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Peel the sweet potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar; whisk or beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in eggs, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and lemon extract. Gently whisk in condensed milk just until combined.

  • Divide the filling between pie shells. Place the pies in the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 350 degrees F. Bake until the centers are firm, 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour before serving.


To make ahead: Refrigerate, loosely covered, for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

289 calories; protein 2.6g; carbohydrates 47.2g; dietary fiber 1.3g; sugars 34.9g; fat 10.3g; saturated fat 5.1g; cholesterol 30mg; vitamin a iu 3828.1IU; vitamin c 4.1mg; folate 11.8mcg; calcium 63.3mg; iron 0.6mg; magnesium 12.1mg; potassium 176.2mg; sodium 110.4mg; added sugar 32g.

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This pie is delicious -- very sweet and very good. Read More