Got to Be NC
Recipe by: Lisa Prince


A delicious dessert for those fall months and a great way to enjoy NC Sweet potatoes. I use my extra egg whites for dinner by making egg white omelets or a frittata.

Servings: 9
Cook Time: Prep Time: 30 minutes; Total Time: 2 hours; 30 minutes
Meal Type: Dessert
NC Ingredients: Sweet potato, Egg, pecans

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Cooking spray
½ cups mashed sweet potato (approx. 2 medium sweet potatoes)
cup firmly packed brown sugar
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground nutmeg
egg yolks *
Tablespoons sugar
pint whipping cream
½ teaspoons vanilla
cup firmly packed brown sugar, optional
cup chopped, toasted pecans, optional
Additional whipped whipping cream, if desired


Stir together sweet potatoes, ¾ cup brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until well combined. Spoon into a 10 to 11-inch deep quiche dish coated with cooking spray to form a bottom layer.

Beat together egg yolks and sugar in a large glass bowl; stir in whipping cream and vanilla until thoroughly mixed.  Cover and heat in microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes; stir and continue heating for another 2 minutes until mixture is hot.  Gently pour over sweet potato layer.

Place dish in a shallow baking pan.  Add hot water to baking pan to depth of 1-inch.  Bake crème brulee at 325ºF for one hour or until the knife inserted near center comes out clean and the center shakes slightly.

Remove from water bath and cool on wire rack.

Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

When ready to serve, sprinkle top of crème brulee evenly with additional ½ cup brown sugar.  Place on baking pan and broil 5-8 inches from the heat until the sugar melts, or about 2 minutes.

Let stand a couple of minutes for the sugar to harden.

If desired, sprinkle toasted pecans around the rim of the crème brulee, add a dollop of whipped cream, and serve.

 * Refrigerate leftover egg whites in a covered container for up to four days, or freeze for up to a year in a tightly sealed freezer container.


Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.