pie made from irish potatoes

Ice Potato Pie

What can you do when you need to make a holiday pie, but don’t have any sweet potatoes, pecans, or pumpkin in the house?  The answer is simple.  Take some of those russet potatoes that are almost always hanging around the house, cook them, mash them, and turn them into a delicious Ice Potato Pie.  This pie is every bit as delicious as a sweet potato pie.  The only difference is that it’s a little lighter in color.  This recipe came from my octogenarian friend, Pearl.  She told me that sometimes, they didn’t have pumpkin or sweet potatoes when she was younger.  Their solution for a delicious pie was to make an Ice Potato Pie.  I was intrigued by the name, and she explained that it was the same recipe used for a sweet potato pie, but russet potatoes were used in place of the sweet potatoes.pie made with russett potatoes

I decided that I had to give it a try, but I wasn’t sure where to begin.  The logical place to begin was with the potatoes, so I washed and boiled a couple of potatoes.   The first version of this recipe was too sweet.  It was good, but it was too sweet.  The next time I made it, I reduced the sugar by one-third.   The result was a tasty pie that is very similar in taste and texture to a sweet potato pie.Pie made from russett potatoes

The next time you’re in the mood for a pumpkin or sweet potato pie, pull out your recipe, but use mashed russet potatoes in the recipe instead.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how good this is.  Another benefit of the Ice Potato Pie is that it costs less to make than either a pumpkin or sweet potato pie because russet potatoes can almost always be found for 10 to 20 cents per pound.pie made from irish potatoes

If you find yourself in need of another pie for the holiday table, consider making an Ice Potato Pie.  You’ll be glad you did.

Here’s the recipe.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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Ice Potato Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8
Russet potatoes take the place of sweet potatoes in this simple and delicious pie. This recipe makes one pie which yields 8 servings.
  • 1 deep dish 9" pie crust
  • 1½ cups mashed russet potatoes
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon allspice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Thoroughly mix together corn starch and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add mashed potatoes, evaporated milk, and butter to mixing bowl with sugar.
  4. Mix well until creamy.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until well incorporated.
  6. Add vanilla, salt, and spices and mix well to evenly distribute them throughout the custard.
  7. Pour into prepared pie shell
  8. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 - 65 minutes or until the center is set.
  9. Allow to cool for 30 - 45 minutes before cutting to ensure that the filling is firm.

This pie, made from russet potatoes is just as good as a sweet potato or pumpkin pie.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 459
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16.1g
Saturated Fat 6.6g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 63mg
Sodium 401mg
Total Carbohydrates 77.7g
Dietary Fiber 1.2g
Sugars 64.3g
Protein 4.8g
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 8%
Iron 6%

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