Prep 15 mins
Cook 50 mins
This recipe is taken from "the ultimate GULLAH cookbook", a book about the African American Gullah people, a taste of Food, History and Culture from the Gullah people of southeastern USA. I have slightly embellished the original recipe to put the sweet potatoe into a pastry to be a finger food vegetable. These pocket pies will be served at the Northside Farmers Market JuneteenthFest. A great tasting food combining USA's low country cooking and Australia Pocket Pies. Options are to combine sweet potatoes with a can of sliced small white potatoes. Pies are less sweet and more like a side vegetable. Or put any other vegetables you'd like to combine with sweet potatoes-bell peppers, hot chili's, leeks, etc.
- 3 large sweet potatoes
- 1⁄4 lb butter, softened
- 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg
- 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 ready-made pie crusts
- Wash potatoes and leave peelings on.
- Place in pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, boil until slightly tender, about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and water, let cool 30 minutes.
- Start to preheat oven to 375°F.
- Remove peelings with edge of spoon, either thinly slice or mash potatoes with backside of a large spoon.
- Spray a regular cupcake pan with non stick spray for baking.
- Line each cupcake hole with pie crust (use a round cookie cutter or upside down glass to cut the dough in circle).
- Fill pasty to 1/4 inch of top with slices or mashed potato.
- Combine sugar, spices, evaporated milk and water in a jar with a lid. Shake to blend well and cover sweet potatoes with the blend. Place a "dollop" of butter (about 2 teaspoons) on top of each pie.
- Bake for 40 minutes at 375°F.
Made these for a BBQ potluck recently as well as to see how they worked out before making them for an up-coming finger food buffet that I'm planning! Well, I used the very orange colored yams for this & they turned out great ~ WONDERFULLY DIFFERENT & VERY TASTY! Thanks for a keeper of a recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick-A-Chef]