Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller 
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 20 Mins
Yield
Makes 3 dozen

Serve these from-scratch biscuits warm with butter, honey, and jam, along with two platters--one with seared slices of country ham and pepper jelly and another with deli ham and pimiento cheese.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°. Stir together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Cut butter cubes and shortening into flour mixture with pastry blender or fork just until mixture resembles coarse meal. Cover and chill 10 minutes.

Step 2

Whisk together buttermilk and sweet potato. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Step 3

Turn dough out onto a well floured surface, and knead lightly 3 or 4 times. Pat or roll dough to 3/4-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, reshaping scraps once. (Do not twist cutter.) Place rounds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Step 4

Bake at 425° for 18 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Remove from oven, and brush tops of biscuits with melted butter. Serve immediately.

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