Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sweet Potato Biscuits

A couple weeks ago we were at Blackbird for breakfast & the special was sweet potato biscuits & gravy. It was so good I knew I had to try sweet potato biscuits at home.
Sweet Potato Biscuit Sandwiches
My original plan was to use them as a sandwich with pulled pork as the filling but Matt said he wanted the pork in the middle to be bacon, just bacon, nothing but bacon. Ok, I can go with that though, I added a little fig & jalapeno jam to mine which gave a nice sweetness against the salty bacon.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
The biscuits themselves were really easy to make especially if like me you just microwave the sweet potato. They come out really light & fluffy which surprised me, you'd think potato would make them heavy. I used a Jersey Sweet potato because those tend to be our favorite. They are really light yellow and have a mild flavor. Next time I think I'll use an oranger, stronger flavored sweet potato as we would have liked a little more of a sweet potato flavor. We will be making these again though to serve with sausage gravy, fried chicken or just some warm butter & a little honey.

Sweet Potato Biscuits
Adapted from All Recipes

1 sweet potato
3/4 c all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1 1/2 t sugar
3/4 t salt
2 T unsalted butter, cold
3 T heavy cream + extra for brushing on biscuits

Poke the sweet potato a few times with a fork. Microwave until soft. (On my microwave it's about 4 minutes on high.) Let cool until touchable. Peel off skin. Mash. Let cool to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar & salt together. Cut in the cold butter until about pea size. Mix in the sweet potato. Add the cream 1 tablespoon at a time until you get a soft dough.

Turn out on to a lightly floured surface. Roll out until 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a biscuit or other circular cutter. Place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet that has either been greased or lined with a silicon mat. Brush the top of each biscuit with a little cream.

Bake for 13 - 16 minutes until golden brown.

I got four 2 1/2 inch biscuits plus 1 smaller one. This would probably make six 2 inch biscuits.

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Lo said...

Oh, I love sweet potato biscuits. Will definitely have to try these out. Would be a great reason to cook an extra potato the next time they're on the menu for dinner!

Megan said...

What a great little biscuit! I love jalepeno jelly on my BLT's and it was brilliant to use it here. Looks like a very tasty sandwich!

RJ Flamingo said...

I love sweet potatoes and I love potato biscuits, so I'm definitely going to have to try this out. :-)

vanillasugarblog said...

yes please. 3 please! love these lil gems

Rivki Locker said...

I have never made sweet potato biscuits but have always wanted to. Thanks for a wonderful sounding recipe. I've clipped it and look forward to trying it on a lazy weekend morning.

Lori said...

How are you finding time to blog and bake? These sound so good. I still need to make your sweet potato butter!

Unknown said...

I love the idea of adding the bacon to the sweet potato biscuits and I'll bet adding the jam gave it that little sweet to go with the salty. Love it! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Looks great!

Elle said...

Have to laugh at Matt's straight bacon in the middle, haha! What a great idea-I've never thought of adding them to biscuits, but it makes sense.

John said...

Sounds delicious! And the sweet/salty combo of jam and bacon is a nice touch too. Thanks for sharing the recipe - will have to try it out.

Sippity Sup said...

I agree add the jam to mine too. No wait. Just to be sure I better try it both ways... GREG

ann said...

These biscuits look fantastic. Love the jam and bacon with them.

Lori said...

What a great idea! Yet another great use for sweet potatoes. I love your jam addition. I'll have to do that on my next bacon biscuit for sure!

grace said...

sad news--i've never had a sweet potato biscuit! given my love for the regular kind (especially when bedecked with gravy, sausage, jelly, or all of the above), i'm inspired to finally try them!

Alicia Foodycat said...

That bacon looks amazing - I think Matt made the right decision to just have bacon on the biscuits!

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