Step 3: Pre-Cook Sweet Potatoes

While the pie crust dough is first cooling in the refrigerator, or whenever your Thanksgiving Gantt chart says so, work on the pie's filling.

You need to soften the sweet potatoes to more easily mix their flesh in with the rest of the filling.

Stab the sweet potatoes with a fork, and microwave them for 5 - 10 minutes -- depending on the strength of your microwave -- or until soft but not mushy. Cut them in half and scoop out the flesh.  I held my still-hot potatoes with a pot-holder while scooping.  Mix in the butter and lightly mash, but don't puree. 
<p>Would love to try this recipe but I can't stand whiskey. Do you think Brandy would work as well?</p>
I used two pie tins that were the same size instead of lining the inside of the crust with foil - I'm still a beginner-level aluminum foil user.&nbsp; I still used weights.&nbsp; It worked pretty well.<br />
Great idea.&nbsp; I'll see if that works for me.<br /> <br /> If you have any pictures, post a Slideshow or Instructable!<br />
&nbsp;Looks delicious! In New Zealand, this would be called Kumara Pie :)
Great time for an Instructable! My local market-place was having a sell on sweet potatoes, so I just got done putting it in the oven! Thanks a ton!&nbsp;
Tasty, but not in the same league as last year's <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Pumpkin_Pie/" rel="nofollow">award-winning pumpkin pie</a>, or my <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Eggnog-Recipe/" rel="nofollow">eggnog</a>. ;)<br />
This looks delicious, I'm not all that keen on pies like this but the fact I love sweet potato and like trying new things will mean that I will be making this! <br /> <br /> =D
Don't you think featuring this is cheating?&nbsp; :-P<br /> <br /> I thought it was a well made instructable.&nbsp; So it should be!&nbsp; You are the owner after all =)<br /> <br /> I will have to give this a shot!<br /> <br /> <br />
mmm, sounds yummy, i'm gonna try it for thanksgiving!<br />
I am a big fan of Kettle One but you don't say why you put it in the pie crust. What does it do? Baking is science, I just need to know the &quot;why&quot; of this. Great photos and 'ible. BYW, I make my pumpkin pies with butternut squash, no one can tell and they always say mine are the best pumpkin pies. Shhhhhh.
The vodka helps get the water balance in the pie crust right for mixing, but evaporates during baking.&nbsp; Check out the other pie crust Instructables for more information.<br />
I will have to try this tonight with mini tart pans in my toaster oven.<br />

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