The girls hard at work
Though our meal was not in any way Latin, it was too good not to share! Thus, I am pleased to announce a new column on this blog: Southern Comforts.
Any good dinner party begins with bread (that's what a dinner party is after all: breaking bread with friends). What better bread to choose for a Southern dinner party than biscuits? And sweet potato biscuits at that! When served with honey butter, these quickbreads are always a huge hit.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Source: adapted from Paula Deen
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 heaping tablespoons sugar
8 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes (about 3 medium-sized potatoes)
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened margarine
2 tablespoons skim milk
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Sift together dry ingredients. In a separate, larger bowl, mix sweet potatoes and butter. Add the dry mixture to the potato mixture and work to make a soft dough. Add milk gradually. Use two tablespoons to create 1-inch drop biscuits on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops start to show a little brown.
Yield: 42 biscuits. Number of biscuits left over for the trip back to Atlanta: 0.
Source: adapted from Alton Brown
1/2 pound softened butter (you just can't do margarine with this one...sorry fellow health freaks!)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place the butter into a large bowl and beat at a low speed. Use a spatula to keep scraping butter down off the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium and add remaining ingredients. Beat well until combined, about 5 minutes.
If you have a cookie press, place half of the butter mixture into the press and use the star-shaped attachment. This should make about 6 stars. Repeat with remaining mixture.
If you do not have a cookie press, experiment! You can shape the mixture into logs (like store bought butter) with parchment paper, or maybe form it into a thin sheet and use a cookie cutter to create fun shapes!
No matter what shape you turn your butter into, refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow for it to harden.
Tune in tomorrow for more dishes from our fabulous dinner party!