Sweet Potato Sonker
Is pumpkin pie your default dessert for Thanksgiving? Shake things up with this little-known, homey treat. (And did we mention it comes with its own sauce?)
Why This Recipe Works
Sonker is not to be confused with classic pureed sweet potato pie. This deep-dish beauty is chock full of thinly sliced, steamed sweet potatoes coated in a mixture of cider, brown sugar, butter, flour, and warm spices, such as cinnamon and allspice, and is served with a thin, custardlike sauce. We wanted to remain true to sonker’s casserole-style serving size, but soon found that the endeavor would require a quadruple batch of pie crust. We came up with an inventive shaping method that easily transforms ready-made pie dough rounds into a bottom crust and a lattice-style topping.