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February 3, 2016

SWEET POTATO BISCUITS



One summer morning, while I was visiting 
the Divine Miss M in Atlanta,
we drove about 1 1/2 hours to have
lunch in the small town of Social Circle
to dine at The Blue Willow Inn.

We thought we surely had taken a wrong turn
as we were in the middle of the countryside in Georgia
with nothing in sight.....but...then....
there it was....that quaint little southern town 
known as Social Circle!
Signs along the road saying..
"This way to The Blue Willow Inn."

She's quite a beauty isn't she?


This is true old south!
Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind,
dined at The Blue Willow.So did Lewis Grizzard! 
Lewis Grizzard (of whom we were faithful followers)
was a Southern humorist and journalist.
He dined on fried chicken, hot cornbread, sweet potato souffle,
Lima beans, squash casserole, green beans, rice and 
ten slices of fried green tomatoes!
The next day he wrote a rave review
in his column in the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution!


Once you find a seat, they will place a big glass of cold lemonade in front of you!
Then it's time to graze the buffet! 


You simply must save room for the dessert table......
It's so very special that places like The Blue Willow Inn
still exist serving the authentic southern recipes
of our grandparents! 

These biscuits, which are only slightly sweet, make a fantastic companion for pork chops or ham. Serve them HOT from the oven so that when the biscuit is split, the butter melts right into them!


SWEET POTATO BISCUITS
~Blue Willow Inn
2 cups flour
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 T. sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
3/4 cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda and sugar. Cut in the cold butter and then add the cooked sweet potato and buttermilk. This will make a stiff dough.  Toss the dough onto a floured board and knead lightly. Roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter. Bake until golden brown about 12-15 minutes.

17 comments:

  1. I think some butter on that biscuit would make it like dessert...yummy. Oh I would love to visit that part of the south. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Add some berries and yes, you have a good sweet ending Susie! You would love Georgia..just a beautiful state! Have a great day!!!! Thank you for visiting me too!

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  2. I am so wanting to visit this restaurant in the town with the best ever name. I have read quite a few Lewis Grizzard books, they were very funny.

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    1. Oh how fantastic you remember dear Lewis...he was such a funny guy and passed away far too young. The Blue Willow is so worth the visit! Thanks for stopping by Terra!

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  3. I'm going to make them as they sound delicious. That looks like a great restaurant.

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    1. You would love The Blue Willow Deb! Not many like this are in existance anymore! Hope you enjoy the recipe! Stay warm and kiss those sweet kitties for me!

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  4. What a lovely place to have dinner, Betsy. I love sweet potato biscuits. They make great ones at Christiana Campbell's in Colonial Williamsburg. Your posts always make my mouth water! ♥

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    1. Oh yes, Martha Ellen....I forgot about these in Williamsburg! Talk about a lovely and historical place to visit! Great idea! Have a lovely day!

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  5. Betsy, these sweet potato biscuits look Yummy! And the desserts as well. The 'Trust In The Lord' sign is wonderful.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Hi Sheri! So happy you enjoyed this post and I love hearing from you! Have a blessed day!

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  6. Oh, MY!!! Won't it be great when I make THESE and amaze Louis Dean???

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    1. I so hope you enjoy these Linda! Makes a great little ham sandwich! Have a great weekend love!

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  7. Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! How beautiful a place. And how decadent the food. :-)

    Must look up both the Inn, and the town of Social Circle. Just must!

    thank you again, for your unique posting.

    Gentle hugs,
    From up North

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    1. Are you snowed under this February day? Yes, you just may love driving down to Georgia and spending an afternoon at The Blue Willow! Can't wait to return! Have a very fun weekend!

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    2. No snow. And I am beginning to miss it!!!! -sigh-pout-moan-sob-sigh- :-)))))

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    3. Estelle! How in the world are you? I was so happy when I saw you had stopped by. Granddaughter and her family, grandson and his little family..they all live in Georgia.
      I must ask her about this Inn to see if she has ever visitied. I love the name...
      It sounds wonderful. So many are writing that they have had none or just a little snow this winter so far. It's sad. We have a bit on our mountain range which I can see from our home..but it's been warm..but..we are in Southern California. What in the world would I expect? Well, as a young girl..we had snow...lots of it..but no more.
      Again, thank you for stopping by. I get at a loss for something to post..thank you for making me feel better! :)
      Big hugs..HUGE ones..
      Mona

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    4. You are one of my all time favorites Mona! I always miss you!!! I was over the moon happy to see that you came back to blogging! It's such fun to read about your beautiful home, gardens and sweet family! Wishing you a lovely weekend and please keep those posts coming! You brighten up our lives so much! Big hugs back!!!

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