Sweet Potato Biscuits, Speck, Mustard, and Honey


What did everyone do on Easter Sunday? We BBQ’d away… in the beautiful weather. The appetizer to start was sweet potato biscuits with some dijon mustard, enjoyed with thin slices of Speck (Italian juniper-flavored ham) and drizzled with honey. Savory and sweet come together in this dish for the perfect starter!

Sweet Potato Biscuits, Speck, Mustard, and Honey

Sweet Potato Biscuits, Speck, Mustard, and Honey


  • 1lb red-skinned yam, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch  cubes
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon(packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoonsbaking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoonsalt
  • 1/4 teaspoonbaking soda
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons(1/2 stick) chilled unsalted  butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, plus 1 tablespoons butter,  melted
  • 3 tbsp chilled buttermilk
  • Deli Dijon mustard
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced speck
  • Good quality honey


  1. Boil salted water in a medium saucepan. Cook yam until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, cool, and mash.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter  bottom and sides of a 9-inch baking dish with 1 1/2-inch-high  sides.
  3. Whisk flour and next 5 ingredients in large bowl. Add cubed  butter to flour mixture; toss to coat and rub in with fingertips until mixture  resembles coarse meal.
  4. Mix 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes and buttermilk in medium bowl. Add to flour mixture; toss with fork. Knead dough until it comes together. Take about 2 tbsp worth of dough and form them into 3/4 inch thick, 1-2 inch wide rounds.
  5. Arrange biscuits side by side in prepared cake pan. Brush with melted butter. Bake until puffed and golden on top and tester inserted into  center biscuit comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Serve biscuits on a board with honey, mustard and ham. Or cut each biscuit in half  crosswise and spread each biscuit with mustard, topping each with sliced ham and serving with honey.

Perfect Appetizer

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4 comments for “Sweet Potato Biscuits, Speck, Mustard, and Honey

  1. Faith
    April 12, 2012 at 5:43 am

    The biscuits look perfectly fluffy. The little sandwiches look incredible — definitely the perfect balance of flavors! I just need to find a halal version of speck and I’ll be one happy girl. 🙂

  2. juniakk @ mis pensamientos
    April 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

    wow, you made your own sweet potato biscuits! they sound delicious… mmmm i would love to put a slather of jam on them. and maybe some nut butter. hehe. or drizzle maple syrup or honey.

  3. Magic of Spice
    April 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

    These biscuits looks amazing ans would be perfect for any meal!

  4. Lori Lynn
    April 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I’d love these for brunch.

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