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Thursday
Nov102011

sweet potato biscuits

I have had this post queued up and ready to go for the last two weeks. Two. Weeks. The problem is, two weeks these days feels more like two hours. Time is flying faster than Harry Potter chasing the golden snitch. (Can you tell that my Thanksgiving plans include a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? That's pretty much all I can think about in between shooting and editing and shooting some more.) These biscuits were meant to welcome November and the sweet potato madness that comes with it but, instead, they're being offered up as a potential Thanksgiving morning breakfast. That works too, right? I think it is a brilliant idea.

Imagine Thanksgiving morning: the too-early wake-up call, the hours of cooking laid out in front of you, the stress of making sure the turkey is cooked just right. Now, picture the container of freshly (as in the night before) baked biscuits waiting for you as you start the coffee. The thin slices of salt-cured ham in the refrigerator. The pairing of that salty ham with those barely-sweet biscuits, which are easy to hold in one hand as you pull out celery and carrots and onions for chopping. Not bad, right? Make it come true, friends. Take a bit of time Wednesday night to whip up these beauties so they'll be ready to fuel you Thursday morning. You'll be oh-so-glad you did.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

from gourmet

makes 8 mid-size biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes (1 large or 2 small)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 425℉ with the rack in the middle.
  2. Prick the sweet potatoes in several places with a fork, then bake on a baking sheet until very tender, 1 to 1-1/4 hours.  Cool slightly, then halve lengthwise and discard skin. Purée sweet potato in a food processor.  Transfer 1 cup purée to a bowl (reserve any remainder for another use) and stir in milk.  Chill until cold, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 425℉ again.  Grease a large baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  4. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.  Blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add sweet potato mixture and stir just until a dough forms.
  5. Drop dough in 10 equal mounds onto greased baking sheet, spacing them 1-1/2 inches apart.
  6. Bake until lightly browned and cooked through, 18 to 22 minutes.  Transfer biscuits to a rack to cool.

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Reader Comments (13)

I can just imagine one of these in my hands on Thanksgiving morning....or every morning. They look so good!

These look so yummy! I made a butternut squash biscuit last month that was awesome! I should try them next time with sweet potato.

These look yummy! I tried a different recipe from this- and I never though you could add the sweet potato with biscuits. But mine didn't come out as rustic looking as yours- which is why I never posted them! =)

11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvi

Sweet potato biscuits! I can have them everyday. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

these are such a good idea Bella!
i was thinking about making savoury muffins or something for Christmas morning so I don't have to think about making a big effort with a cooked breakfast, and these are great, especially with the ham and cheese.
(i also really love your plate and little bird cloth)

11.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterzoe

These look fantastic Andrea!!! I love sweet potatoes, and love the idea of sweet potato cookies. Better late than never huh?

I have been looking for a sweet potato biscuit recipe ever since I made the biscuits with soyrizo gravy! Now I've found it, thank you. But that combination might be a bit heavy for Thanksgiving breakfast!

Whenever I buy potatoes, I don't know what to do with it aside from mixing it with the other recipes for a viand. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Now, I can try something new for my snacks' recipes.

11.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterVivian Kendricks

Okay, i've been back to this recipe about five times. I think that means I need to try it! It looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.

11.21.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaren

I saw this recipe and knew I had to make it. Before I had a chance to go to the store, I encountered a sweet potato farmer during a photo shoot who sent me on my way with about 4 pounds of sweet potatoes. I knew then it was meant to be!!! These totally rocked our Thanksgiving. Excellent recipe, thank you for sharing!!!!

11.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Lantz

I made them! Big hit. And, I completely agree--they are delicious as a breakfast sandwich. Yum!

11.27.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaren

K, feedback the best sweet potato biscuits ever, I've tried a few :-( These are amazing!!!! The best I've ever made..

03.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Mizrach

yea.b i get biscuits. yea b, tiny biscuits"" thx y'all 4 readin

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