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The combination of Virginia country ham and sweet potato biscuits makes for a delightful appetizer, snack or meal for any occasion.

'Country cousins' deliver a tasty treat

Franks and beans. Peanut butter and jelly. Country ham and sweet potato biscuits.

Some foods were just made for each other.

Sweet potato biscuits have served as a symbol of Southern hospitality, and country ham has remained a delicacy since Colonial times, when settlers adopted American Indian meat and fish smoking techniques.

Together the two combine seamlessly to create delightful party hors d'oeuvres, a hand-held sandwich for dashboard diners or a satisfying main dish. Look no further than these two country cousins to deliver pure comfort food any time of year, any time of day.

The sweet potato biscuit's slightly sweet taste is the perfect companion to the unique, as evidenced by the following easy-to-make recipe, which will have your guests beggin' for more.

Sweet potato Biscuits

and Virginia Traditions

Country Ham

2 cups all-purpose flour

6 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons cold butter

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 cup mashed sweet potato, cooled

(from two medium sweet potatoes)

Pinch cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

1 pound country ham, pre-sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

Cut in cold butter until mixture is pea-sized. Add buttermilk to mixture and combine.

Stir in sweet potato, cinnamon and nutmeg, being careful not to over mix. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to half-inch thickness. Cut into three-inch rounds.

Bake until golden brown, about 18 to 20 minutes. Split and stuff with ham slices.

Makes one dozen sweet potato and country ham biscuits.

For more recipes or information regarding sweet potatoes, visit or send a business-size self-addressed, stamped envelope to the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, P.O. Box 575, Department MR2, Selma, N.C. 27576.

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