Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and refers to the last day of Carnival season in New Orleans –basically it’s a time to party and indulge before the beginning of Lent. To honor this tradition, La Cocina De Leslie is hosting #SundaySupper and all of the participants have come up with some great, decadent, finger-lick in’ good recipes that are worth checking out and cooking up!
For my contribution, I cooked up a sweet appetizer: Mini Sweet Potato Pies. These are amazing and you will not believe how quick and easy they are to make! Warning – these taste so good — you may end up eating 3 or 4! I took a short cut with the crust, using Pillsbury’s and I think they came out wonderful!
Happy Mardi Gras!
What are your plans?
To start, get all of the ingredients mashed together in a bowl. Notice, I cheated with the egg whites. If you’re separating them yourself, you will need 3 large eggs.
Next, roll out the pie crust and cut out circles (I had my 5 year old use a drinking glass to cut circles in the dough). Carefully place the pie-crust into the mini-muffin tins. Aren’t they pretty?
Using a fork or spoon, fill each pie shell to the top with the sweet potato mixture.
Top with marshmallows (if you wish) and Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Magically, my kids all started showing up in the kitchen once the smell of baking cinnamon started filling the air…yum…delicious!
Mini Sweet Potato Pies
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, cooked (directions here) and skins removed
- 1/2-cup sugar in the raw
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup Evaporated milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ cup egg whites
- 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- 1 package (two sheets) Pillsbury Pie Crusts
- 1-cup mini marshmallows (optional)
- Prepare sweet potatoes by cooking them in the oven
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Roll out piecrust and cut into circles.
- Put pastry circles into a greased mini muffin pan.
- In a large bowl, add the sweet potatoes and mash with a fork.
- Next, add the butter, sugar and milk and mash until well blended.
- Add vanilla, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well.
- Pour mixture into the prepared pie shells.
- Top with mini marshmallows (if you wish)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until set. They are done if pieced with a fork and the fork comes out clean.
- Arrange on a serving platter and serve as a sweet, decadent appetizer for Fat Tuesday/Mardi Grass! Party on!
Be sure to check out the FANTASTIC Mardi Gras recipes below! #SundaySupper food bloggers came up with some super yummy stuff!
Cocktails & Other Beverages:
- The Hurricane Cocktail Recipe from An Appealing Plan
- The French 75 from Kimchi MOM
- Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Fried Oysters and Remoulade from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Shrimp in Mustard Sauce from Noshing With The Nolands
- Mini Sweet Potato Pies from MealDiva
- Cajun Crab Beignets from Delaware Girl Eats
- Pancetta and Mushroom Arancini from Ruffles & Truffles
- Creole Shrimp Po Boy Recipe from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Chicken and Sausage Gumbo from Supper for a Steal
- Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya from Yours And Mind Are Ours
- Vegan Pizza Waffles from Killer Bunnies, Inc.
- Red Beans and Rice from Cookin’ Mimi
- Baked Catfish Po’Boy from Curious Cuisiniere
- Muffaletta from Casa de Crews
- Bayou Seafood and Andouille Jambalaya from The Weekend Gourmet
- Seafood Gumbo from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Cajun Rice & Beans from Momma’s Meals
- Creole Celery Root Bisque (with Lobster) from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Louisiana Roasted Barbecue Shrimp from Food Lust People Love
- Cajun Dirty Rice Bowls from The Dinner-Mom
- New Orleans Fried Chicken from Family Foodie
- Baked Endive and Pears in Blue Cream Sauce from Shockingly Delicious
- Okra Creole from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Banana Creme Pie with Honey Whipped Cream and Pecan Brittle from The Foodie Patootie
- Chocolate Ganache Tart from Melanie Makes
- Banana Bread Pudding from Gotta Get Baked
- Delicious Saffron Baked Beignets from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- New Orleans Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Polish Paczki from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Buttermilk Beignets from The Messy Baker
- Eggless Bread Pudding in a Jar from What Smells So Good?
- Mint Julep Bars from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Mardi Gras Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Frostingfrom Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Mardi Gras Long Johns from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Mexican Chocolate Coffee Cake from La Cocina de Leslie
- Fasnetküchle from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Cheesecake Swirl Brownies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pecan and Chocolate Pralines from Desserts Required
- Chocolate Raspberry Cake from Clarks Condensed
- Baked Coconut Beignets from Mess Makes Food
- Ravioli dolci di Carnevale from Manu’s Menu
- Strawberry Paczki from Neighborfood
- Blackberry Fritters from girlichef
- Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake from Magnolia Days
- Flourless Chocolate Cake in a Mug w/ Coconut Cream from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Pecan Bars from Pies and Plots
- “Skinny Tuesday” Bananas Foster Cheesecake Parfaits from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Mocha Pear Cake from Happy Baking Days
- Skinny Baked Beignets from Daily Dish Recipes
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