#MysteryIngredientChallenge – Southern Sweet Potato Pie

I am part of the Mystery Ingredient Challenge on YouTube hosted by Justina’s Country Kitchen and Catalina Treats Gluten Free Kitchen. Go over and check out their wonderful channels. I had to create a recipe with “sweet potatoes, applesauce, and Cheetos.” This is what I came up with. If you take away the applesauce and Cheetos, this is an old family recipe for Southern Sweet Potato pie. The pie actually turned out great and tasted Drool-Worthy. It did not have a Cheeto taste to it.

1 pie crust and I’m using Pillsbury
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar (or lemon juice)
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup crunchy cheetoes
2 handfulls of mini marshmallows

Roast 2 large sweet potatoes on 425 degrees for 45 minutes. (When Sweet Potatoes roast the sugars in them caramelize making it more flavorful. You don’t get that with boiling them).
Remove from oven and lower oven temp to 350 degrees.
Place the Cheetos in a Ziploc bag. With a rolling pin crush them.
Roll out the pie crust.
Place the crushed Cheetos on top of pie crust & roll into the pie crust.
Place crust in a greased pie plate. Press the crust into pie plate to shape.
Line crust with parchment paper and then weigh down with pie weights or dried beans to keep the crust from puffing. Bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees.
Remove pie crust and let cool.
Peel sweet potatoes and place in mixing bowl.
Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
Add cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Cook for about 3 minutes. It will be brown and smell like fall spices.
Pour butter mixture over potatoes and mix.
Add eggs, sweetened condensed milk, applesauce, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, & salt until everything is combined.
Remove pie weights from pie crust.
Pour sweet potato mixture into crust.
Bake on 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until pie is set.
Remove from oven and while hot top with mini-marshmallows.
Place back in oven until marshmallows are toasted.
Remove from oven again and enjoy!