What’s Thanksgiving without sweet potato pie? That’s like having peanut butter with no jelly. Macaroni without the cheese. Ham without the burger…you get what we’re trying to say. And Black-ish star Anthony Anderson believes the same thing. He’s such a fan of sweet potato pie that he’s sharing his love for the Thanksgiving staple while playing a trick on his family.
Always the jokester, Anthony took the spices out of his recipe to show just how much spice adds to the taste, flavor and overall feel of the dish. Anderson partnered with McCormick spices for the #SpiceFactor challenge, saying, “I would make a sweet potato pie without the spices to prank the family.” He later added, “It’s gonna look like a sweet potato pie that we normally have and it’s gonna smell like it, because I’m cooking a real one, too.”
For the challenge, Anderson gave his nephew and cousin slices of pie without the signature spices to see if they could taste the difference. After they weighed in, Anderson shared the real pie with them, packed with all of the delicious flavors they’ve come to know and love.
This recipe has been in his family for as long as he can remember and always makes an appearance on their holiday table! Warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg bring a toasty sweetness, but the addition of coriander is the real surprise, adding a refreshing hint of lemon.
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3 medium sweet potatoes, (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 3/4 teaspoons McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Ground Coriander
1 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups whole milk, divided
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon McCormick® All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract
1 (9-inch) frozen unbaked deep-dish pie crust
Preheat oven to 450°F. Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork. Place on foil-lined baking pan. Bake for