Yes I know there’s just one day left in this month – thank you. But this is important and can’t wait until next year – LOL!!!
Did you see the video that went viral – the one about Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie??? They could not keep them in stock at any Walmart in the U.S., which means that Ms. LaBelle will probably have a very Merry Christmas, I’m guessing. She will be rolling in even more dough for gift buying. Good for her!
The video got everyone wondering about this pie – and my husband and I wondered about it too. We were bored one day in Kansas City and decided to go into a Walmart. For fun, I looked on the display table to see if there might be one of these pies. I didn’t expect to see one – but there was ONE. Just one setting there! It looked lonely – so we rescued it. We took it back to our hotel room and ate it.
Did we look at the label? NOOOO… but I sort of wish we would have. Let’s just say it was not a healthy version of sweet potato pie. I rationalized – saying we will probably never do it again. I knew it tasted sweet, but the amount of calories from fat is what really got my attention. Yes – back on the bike I went! But – it was close to Thanksgiving and we were really so bored. It was a life experience, right?
In the weeks that followed, the pie became so popular that our local newspaper printed the recipe straight from her 1999 cookbook “LaBelle Cuisine.” As I always do, I perused the recipe, looking for ways to make it more diabetic-friendly. Patti LaBelle has diabetes, so I’m quite sure she not only understands, but would encourage it.
I made the pie for our Thanksgiving meal – and I’m very happy to report it was delicious! I used this recipe, but tweaked it with Splenda Brown and a ready-made pie crust.
Using a ready-made pie shell helped cut down on some of the fat grams, and substituting Splenda Brown Sugar for regular made the filling more diabetic-friendly. We live and learn as we go, don’t we? The substitutions we make in cooking go a long way in helping us stay more healthy in the long run.
I’m very happy to have run across one of the “real” pies though – it was yummy.
Am I crazy for writing a poem about a sweet potato pie? Um… yeah, just a little. Wink! 😉