Bacon Sweet Potato Pie
A feast is not complete without an epic dessert. We take a classic Thanksgiving recipe and turn it into an edible masterpiece decorated with bacon, candied pecan, and maple syrup. Eat up!
- 1 pound 3 ounces sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
- ¾ cup packed, dark brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
- 5 egg yolks
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 (9-inch) deep dish, frozen pie shell
- 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 4 strips of bacon, cooked and diced
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Optional: Whipped topping
First, cube the potatoes into a steamer basket and place into a large pot of simmer water. Make sure the water is no closer than two inches from the bottom of the basket. Once steamed for 20 minutes, mash with a potato masher and set aside.
Now it’s time to fire up your grill! Choose your Grilla Grill of choice.
While your grill is preheating, place the sweet potatoes in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment. Add yogurt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, yolks, and salt, to taste, and beat until well combined. Pour this batter into the pie shell and place onto a sheet pan. Sprinkle pecans and bacon on top and drizzle with maple syrup.
Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until the custard reaches 165 to 180 degrees. Remove from grill and cool. Keep refrigerated after cooling.
Bite Into Some Delicious Facts About Sweet Potato Pie
When did bakers discover that the humble sweet potato could serve as the basis for an out-of-this-world dessert? No one can quite pin it down, but they do have a few clues. The sweet potato pie phenomenon is thought to have started in Europe, migrated to Africa and then made its way to America. Recipes for sweet potato pie then began appearing in cookbooks. And we’ve loved this treat as a sweets-craving nation ever since.
Tossing a sweet potato pie on the grill is a relatively new method of preparing this age-old dish. If you love the way a traditional sweet potato pie tastes, you will fall head over heels for one that’s infused with the succulent richness of a smoker grill.
Want to elevate this recipe just a tad? Try different types of sweet potato pie deep dish crust, either homemade or store-bought. Hey, a little chocolate pie shell could make your sweet potato bacon pie even better than you might have imagined.
Why Bacon Makes Pies Even Better
Any lifelong bacon fan agrees that bacon makes everything better. But pies? Really? Although it might seem counterintuitive for meat to belong in a dessert, it definitely holds its own in this bacon pecan sweet potato pie recipe.
Remember that you and your guests are not going to be overwhelmed by the bacon. It will simply add some depth to the experience, not to mention a little salty goodness.
Many pitmasters still steer clear of putting bacon on top of a pie. But we fearlessly say, “Bring the bacon on!” Your guests may be surprised at first to see bacon crumbled on their dessert slice, but one bite of this sweet potato bacon pie will have them raving and asking for seconds. Be sure to make a couple of pies in case you get some extremely hungry folks at the table.