Sweet Potato and Sage Biscuits

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-18 minutes
  • Servings: 12 biscuits
  • Product: Blacklock *39* 12 Inch Skillet


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • ½ cup chilled unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon melted
  • 1 teaspoon sage, finely minced
  • ½ cup mashed sweet potato, chilled
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons shortening, melted
  • Fresh sage cut into ribbons for garnish
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Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place 12 inch skillet in the oven to preheat.

Add flour to a large mixing bowl. Grate chilled butter into the flour. Whisk together buttermilk and sweet potato and add to the flour mixture. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and quickly pat to a rectangle about ½-¾-inch thick.

Lightly dust the surface of the dough with flour from your fingertips and fold the sheet of dough into thirds, similar to folding a business letter. Repeat patting, dusting, and folding seven times—or fewer if you feel the dough begin to tighten.* The final time, pat the dough to a rectangle slightly larger than the size of your skillet. Using a round biscuit cutter or a drinking glass, cut into about 13 round biscuits.

Remove preheated skillet from the oven. Drop shortening onto the skillet and return to the oven for 2 minutes. Remove skillet again and place each biscuit into the skillet, and immediately turn them over to coat with shortening.

Top with sage ribbons. Return to oven and reduce temperature to 425 degrees F. Bake until golden brown, 12–18 minutes.

Brush with melted butter before serving.

Pro Tip: Careful not to overwork the dough; overworked dough makes for a tough biscuit.

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Blacklock *39* 12 Inch Skillet

The versatility of this skillet symbolizes the resourcefulness of Lodge Cast Iron during the Great Depression. The company made it successfully to 1939, the end of the economic downturn.

As a company, Lodge adapted and thrived, and this Blacklock skillet adapts to any stovetop, oven, grill, or open flame. Sear pork tenderloin, roast veggies, and bake a decadent blueberry pie with this skillet.

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