Sunday, January 24, 2010

Drop Biscuits with Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Butter





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite... The day began with streaks of terra cotta trailing through the sea of aquamarine that is our early morning sky. It heralded a lovely day to come. We took to the rear deck with morning mugs in tow and sat a spell, admiring the few courageous blossoms emerging from the forest duff. Then we heard birds and realized the winter silence of the forest was also at an end. Winters here are mild and of short duration. Most of the folks who've settled here are transplants and they can be slow to adopt the ways of native Oregonians. Once they're fully assimilated, they're said to have "gone native". I think that's finally happened to me. I found myself complaining about the weather this year. Memories of winter blizzards and sub-zero temperatures have been replaced with the quiet discontent that comes with prolonged periods of gray weather. I am, finally, an Oregonian. As such, I was determined to enjoy every moment of this gorgeous day. We decided to grill a chicken. I loved that, because its simplicity gave me an opportunity to try some highly flavored dishes that would be hard to pair with anything more involved. I've never eaten at Red Lobster, but I've been told their biscuits are extraordinary. I was able to find two copy-cat type recipes for their cheddar biscuits. One uses a baking mix and the other builds the biscuits from the ground up. I chose the more involved recipe because I had no biscuit mix in the house. The recipe comes from Food and Whine and it makes a nice biscuit. They are easy to do and I found myself charmed by their gnarly down-home appearance. I'm happy to recommend these to you, but do be aware they're not meant to be served with delicate food. Think grilled chicken, steak, ribs or pulled pork and you'll be fine. This is grub at its finest, but it is grub. Here's the recipe.

Drop Biscuits with Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Butter...from the kitchen of One Perfect bite, courtesy of Food & Whine

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup butter, cold, cut into chunks
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 heaping cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 - 2/3 cups milk
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3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 400° F.
2) Whisk flour, baking powder, salt and garlic powder in a large bowl to combine. Add chunks of butter. Cut butter into flour until mixture is coarse and resembles peas. Add oil, grated cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup milk. Stir together. Keep adding milk a bit at a time, until the dough is just moistened and holds together.
3) Use an ice cream scoop or large spoon to drop 1/4 cup portions onto cookie sheet.
4) Bake for 15-17 minutes. or until biscuits are a light golden brown.
5) While biscuits are baking, melt 3 tablespoons butter is a small bowl in your microwave. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and the parsley. When biscuits come out of the oven, use a brush to spread garlic butter over tops of biscuits. Serve warm. Yield: 12 biscuits.

38 comments:

zurin said...

Grub sounds good to me! I always love wholesome rustic food. It looks more welcoming and warm if you know what I mean. :) n those biscuits have that quality about it...grub at its best.

reanaclaire said...

wow... cheddar cheese with garlic butter biscuits.. wish i could taste this..

comfycook said...

Mary, I like your scenic descriptions as much as I like your food.

I would serve these for breakfast food.

Alessandra said...

Your description make me feel like visiting Oregon :-).
Lovely recipe, great with a glass of wine! Thank you

Sook said...

Wow those biscuits look perfect. I love the combination of cheddar cheese and garlic. Oh and butter! Yum!

Joy said...

What a lovely new window opening onto my drop scones knowledge! We always thought of them as pikelets: a softer mixture cooked in a fry pan. But I like these ones! They are half way to scones and I want some NOW! YumYum

Wobegon Cottage(alice) said...

I think I will have to try these..my family loves those biscuits..you made me homesick with your descrption of the day. I changed the wet,gray winters of Washington for the cold, frozen tundra of Minnesota (at least until retirement)Have a great weekend ..I love all your pictures, you have great presentation.

susan said...

Mary-I am trying to be thankful for the gray days, but I am longing for spring! I make these and my family loves them!..and they do taste like Red Lobster :)

Di said...

Mary, you paint such a lovely picture, and had it not been for all those Doug firs, I could have seen you relaxing on your deck! ;) A beautiful day indeed as we made another raised vegetable bed, raked, cleared fallen oak branches..., and did way more than our bodies cautioned against. Drop biscuits and grilled chicken sound delightful! Thank you Mary.

ButterYum said...

My daughter made a mini version of these cheesy biscuits recently. The recipe you used is a little different than ours, so we'll have to do a side-by-side taste test. Life is so hard.

:)
ButterYum

George Gaston said...

Mary, you should write for the Oregonian Travel Bureau ~ for your words are pure artistry about the beauty of your state.

What a fabulous biscuit recipe, filled with lots of wonderful things. These would be perfect with any meal, especially soup. Many thanks...

jennifer said...

I make these all the time, except that I use pancake mix to make it even easier. When I was in college I was a waitress at Red Lobster, and Bisquik was the base for their garlic cheddar biscuits. Our kids love them!

Kim said...

I love these biscuits!

Anonymous said...

Love those Red Lobster biscuits! Step 3 is missing - what should be there? Thanks

Martha in KS

Bellini Valli said...

Did you say cheddar and garlic these are on my list to make:D

Chef Aimee said...

Forget the appearance being gnarly, the recipe sounds gnarly! Yum! I love biscuits.

Mary said...

Thanks, Martha. I still haven't learned to count :-). I've made the correction.

Claudia said...

Does that ever look good - all melty, crumbly goodness of bread and cheese. A definite winner.

SnoWhite said...

Mary, these look absolutely wonderful! Thanks.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

My youngest son's favorite and now thanks to you I will make them when he comes home next. :)

loni.sue said...

Mary, I recently discovered your blog and just wanted to register my appreciation for your delicious writing as well as your nummy recipes. I read you more for the former than the latter because I fear the former is rarer! Thanks, sweetie!

Karen said...

I don't care for the taste of Bisquick, so I like that these are made from scratch. They do look good... they'd be great with a bowl of soup!

CC said...

I love your recipes, but I love your writing and comments even more.I
always enjoy my visits with you..ooo.just think. Spring will soon actually be here and I can hardly wait.

A Year on the Grill said...

grub indeed, but what could be better.

Now, these are man biscuits

Nancy Jane said...

This is my favorite biscuit! Your photos are so wonderful...Can I ask what type of camera you're using? Is it an SLR or a point and shoot. My old 1st generation Olympus digital is on the way out and I've got to replace it quickly!
Thanks...Nancy

Pam said...

I've made these before, though I try not to make them too often, because I simply cannot stop eating them once I begin.

Mary said...

Nancy Jane I use a Canon Power Shot A590 IS. It's a point and click.

Curious Lissa said...

i love the touch of the garlic in this recipe. I bet without the garlic they wouldn't be special. With it too tempting!

noble pig said...

Love the rustic, knobby look on these and yes Saturday was Beautiful! Today...well, it's beautiful in a dreary, cold kind of way!!

Velva said...

These biscuits look hearty. I love this kind of drop biscuits. the problem is, I could never just eat 1-2 of them.

The idea of taking your mugs of coffee at daybreak to enjoy the scenery is just blissful.

Debinhawaii said...

Oregon is a beautiful place--the gray days make you appreciate the sunny ones even more.

The biscuits look delicious--love the garlic and cheese.

theUngourmet said...

I've only eaten at Red Lobster once and I can tell you, the biscuits are the best part of the meal!

This is a wonderful recipe. I love the flecks of parsley showing in them. I am such a biscuit lover and I am never able to stop at just one!

Have a wonderful week!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

This is the kind of food I could eat all day long every day! Wonderful recipe, Mary! Thanks so much for sharing!

Jennie said...

Mary, bring on the grub!!
I love everything about these biscuits! I think I'll add a few chives to mine. :)

Katy ~ said...

Mary, I went to a friend's house for breakfast and she served cheddar muffins. I wished for the recipe but hesitated to ask for it. And here you have one here, that is just exactly what I was looking for. THANK YOU! Saving!!!!

My Little Space said...

These are perfect for some soup! Love the cheesy flavour of it.

Jamergurl921 said...

These are delicious!!! I've made them quite a few times and everyone always asks for the recipe! I love them!

Mary said...

Jamergurl, I'm so glad to have found a kindred spirit. I'm glad you like the biscuits. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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