Cousin to sweet potato pie perfect for St. Patrick's Day

I've never seen an Irish Potato Pie except on my Maw Maw's dessert table around St. Patrick's Day. Most recipes named “Irish Potato Pies” are savory pies with vegetables and sometimes meat. But this pie is a cousin to Sweet Potato Pie — sweet with sugar and spice.

When I started thinking about St. Patrick Day recipes, memories of this pie from my childhood floated up like a wonderful aroma. I immediately started digging through old recipe cards and finally found the recipe. My grandmother's recipes were more like notes to herself than anything like I write to share with you. So it took a few tries to come up with today's recipe.

Her pies were always thin — probably a way to stretch ingredients to feed the hungry masses that gathered each Sunday at her house. So I have used only one pie shell and filled it high with the sweet and nutmeg-y filling. If you like old-fashioned “thin” pies, use two 8-inch pie shells. Enjoy!

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Maw Maw's Irish Potato Pie

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