Sweet Potato Spoonbread

sweet potato spoonbread

Sweet Potato Spoonbread is a Southern classic and a great side dish for a holiday meal. This version originally came from Martha Stewart Living. I’ve made small changes over the years to be more suited to my tastes.

Sweet Potato Spoonbread 

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sweet potato spoonbread


  • 2 pound sweet potatoes
  • ¼ cup yellow corn meal
  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter (plus more for loaf pan)
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 4 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup cream


Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake sweet potatoes until soft when pierced with a knife, 40 to 45 minutes. When cool enough to handle, slice the sweet potatoes in half and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl to cool completely.

Meanwhile, reduce heat to 325 degrees. In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine cornmeal, milk, butter, brown sugar (if using), cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg, salt, and water. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Let cool.

Butter a 9‑inch-by-5-inch loaf pan. Set aside. Working in batches if necessary, place cornmeal mixture, sweet potatoes, flour, honey, eggs, and cream in a food processor. Process until smooth; pour into the prepared pan. Bake until spoonbread is set and begins to pull away from sides of pan, about 50 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.