The novel Yellow Crocus takes place on an antebellum Virginia Plantation. When I think of food from Virginia, I immediately think of the movie, The American President starring Michael Douglas and Annette Benning. In one of my favorite scenes, the President sends lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade a Virginia ham when he wasn’t able to buy her flowers. Virginia hams, a type of country ham, are typically smoked over oak, hickory, and applewood, then are hung to age in the smokehouse.
Nothing goes better with Virginia Ham than these sweet potato biscuits. The sweetness of the biscuit is the perfect combination with the salt-cured ham. On the Edwards Virginia Smokehouse website, they sell a combo of country ham and sweet potato biscuits with the tagline “Country Ham Biscuits: the ultimate snack of The South.” I couldn’t agree more. It is a Parris family tradition to have country ham biscuits every Christmas morning. I only wish country ham was popular in Texas. I usually have to mail order mine. Even without country ham, these biscuits are great with honey butter.