Sunday, November 18, 2012

Poultry Pageant Sides (Part I)

Sweet Potato Biscuits!

It's Turkey Time! With this simple biscuit recipe, I'm officially kicking off the first annual Little Dinner Party Poultry Pageant! Thanksgiving is about one thing, food. While I do love a trashy biscuit from a tube, there's something so sad about the Pillsbury/Stove Top/Campbells displays at the grocery store around this time of year. Biscuits are practically the cheapest way to put starches on your table, and quite easy to boot. If you've ever read The Grapes of Wrath, you remember the Joades subsist entirely off biscuits and misfortune. I decided to mix it up a little and kill two carbs with one stone. I combined the sweet potatoes with the biscuits. Truthfully, I can't take all the credit for this recipe as it comes courtesy of my boss. Hers were better. 

You will need the following: 

2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 c butter 
1 c cold mashed sweet potatoes
2 tbsp half n half

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 425. Whisk all dry ingredients together. 

Step 2: Cut butter into flour with pastry cutter, leaving course chunks of butter. Once mostly smooth, add potato and cream. Stir until dough is doughy. 

Step 3: Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead and turn about 6 or 7 times. Cover lump with wax paper and roll out to 1/2" thickness. With a cookie cutter or cup, cut circles out of dough and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes. Serve warm. (Makes 1 dozen).

These make great biscuits and gravy the morning after Thanksgiving...

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