Our next stop on the 50 states, 50 recipes tour is;
North Carolina: http://www.50states.com/ncarolin.htm
State capital: Raleigh
Largest City: Charlotte
Admission to the Union: November 21, 1789
The responsibilities in regulatory and service areas covering different aspect of Agriculture and manufacturing are overseen by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Over the past century, North Carolina has grown to become a national leader in agriculture, financial services, and manufacturing. The state’s industrial output—mainly textiles, chemicals, electrical equipment, paper and pulp and paper products—ranked eighth in the nation in the early 1990s. The textile industry, which was once a mainstay of the state’s economy, has been steadily losing jobs to producers in Latin America and Asia for the past 25 years, though the state remains the largest textile employer in the United States. Over the past few years, another important Carolina industry, furniture production, has also been hard hit by jobs moving to Asia (especially China).
North Carolina is the leading producer of tobacco in the country. As one of North Carolina’s earliest sources of revenue, it remains vital to the local economy. Agriculture in the western counties of North Carolina (particularly Buncombe and surrounding counties) is presently experiencing a revitalization coupled with a shift to niche marketing, fueled by the growing demand for organic and local products. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina )
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North Carolina is one of those places I’d actually love to visit someday. I can’t really explain it, other than North Carolina is one of those rare places in the United States that has it all. On one side you have the Appalachian mountains, on the other you have beautiful beaches. In between those natural resources is a lot of culture and Southern hospitality! The phrase “Ya’ll come back now, ya hear!” seems to suit North Carolina perfectly. If I could pick a song to represent the state, it’d have to be James Taylor’s Sweet Potato Pie… ya’ll can hear my favorite version of it here a duet with James Taylor and Ray Charles!
North Carolina’s Favorite Sweet Potato Pie
An original recipe prepared specifically for the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission by Marianne Langan.
2 1/4 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup packaged french vanilla instant pudding
3/4 cup evaporated milk
2 large eggs, at room temperature
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell
In a large bowl combine all ingredients and beat at medium speed until well blended. Spread evenly into unbaked pie shell.
Bake at 450°F (230°C) for 10 minutes.
Reduce temperature to 350°F (175°C) and bake for 40 minutes longer or until set. Cool on wire rack.
If desired, garnish with whipped cream, raspberries and mint leaves.
Makes 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts Per Serving: Calories 471kcal; Vitamin A 9,202 IU; Fat 19 gm; Sodium 432mg; Cholesterol 83mg
Recipe provided courtesy of North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission
My mother swears I’ve eaten sweet potato pie. I however, don’t ever remember having it… which as a Southern woman pains me greatly. There are just some foods that are served south of the Mason Dixon line that are considered delicacies that ya’ll up north don’t appreciate. Grits, collard greens, ham hocks, fried green tomatoes and sweet potato pie are just a few staples of any southern girls’ cookbook. I have been told that because I didn’t have a sweet potato pie recipe in my repertoire that my Southern Belle card is in danger of being revoked. (Yes, ya’ll we carry cards, in our wallets next to our NRA membership cards) But thankfully I found this excellent recipe and have redeemed myself enough to have my card reinstated!
Sweet potatoes are available in any grocery store, but be very careful up North that ya’ll aren’t being sold a Yam in a Sweet Potato skin! Yams are much sweeter and have more moisture than a Sweet Potato, so substituting a Yam in this recipe is going to mean your pie won’t set up very well and be runny like a pudding, not a pie. I made 3 trips to the grocery store because I kept buying condensed milk rather than evaporated- in my defense, the labels look real similar when I’m not wearin’ my glasses! After gatherin’ all the ingredients I ended up spending very little with enough to make two pies!
I made the mistake of preparing my sweet potatoes as I always do when I mash them… I added butter. The excess butter made the filling really moist, which took forever to set up. The pie should be the same consistency as a pumpkin pie… mine wasn’t. If you follow the recipe exactly, it will be perfect and taste delicious!
Review: scale of 1-5 stars; the more stars the better
Ease of preparation: ***** really easy to make, it’s virtually a one-dish pie
Cost of ingredients: *****everything was very inexpensive and easy to find, aside from my issue with the milk!
Taste: ***** this pie is so delicious… if ya’ll have ever had sweet tea, it’s a sweet tea version of pumpkin pie or a pecan pie without the pecans
Nutrition: **** not very fattening and aside from the sugar and butter, made from stuff that’s good for you!
So with my Southern Belle card re-instated, this pie has become my new favorite. I can’t wait for the chance to visit North Carolina in person so I can have an authentic version of this traditionally southern pie. It’s no wonder ya’ll why James Taylor wrote a song about this… it’s so delicious and so easy to make! So until next week when we head to South Carolina home of Ft. Jackson- May all your journeys be safe and your eats be good!