A couple of nights ago, I was routing through the freezer trying to figure out what to make for dinner. We hadn’t gone grocery shopping in awhile, our pantry was pretty bare as was our fridge. To top it off, nothing looked good. All I wanted was to place an order for take out like we used to do before we decided to become semi-responsible adults and try to actually live within our means (eek!). So I found myself, in the freezer (where I keep all the meals I’ve made super large portions of and then gotten tired of eating go so we don’t waste).
As I’m going through multiple freezer bags full of black beans, empanada filling, pot pie filling and the like, it hits me. I just want a biscuit. Like a southern type biscuit that us northern girls really need help learning how to make. So once again, I go to my tried and true, google.
I decided to be a little funny in my searching tactics (I love finding kinda crazy search terms which turn up amazing recipes) and lookup: Hillbilly Biscuits. Why? I have no idea actually. I was listening to the soundtrack of O Brother Where Art Thou (again, why? I have no idea) and I think I was just inspired. Anyway, I found this terrific blog called Hillbilly Housewife. She has some interesting ideas on menu planning (not so much for me, but interesting) and some really good base recipes. Plus, one of my requirements was that the biscuits had to not need that many ingredients…because we didn’t have that much in the house. Bingo. This site did the trick.
I wanted to make these into cheddar cheese biscuits, as Z was itching to grate some cheese.
I used her recipe, with the exception of using butter instead of margarine and adding cheese, to a t.
These were fantastic. Light, fluffy, had multiple layers. Everything that my biscuits never are. We ate these the next day for breakfast with bacon. Oh. My God. Cheese biscuits with bacon. Smack me and call me a good catholic these were good.
This is what you need;
2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tea salt 1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 425 F
Add flour, baking powder and salt to a medium-sized bowl. Next cut up your butter into cubes and work it into the dry ingredients until you get pea sized lumps. Add your cheese and then your milk, pressing down with your hands until a ball of soft gooey dough forms.
On a lightly floured surface press dough ball out a couple of times to release the gluten (I did it maybe 5 times) Flatten dough out with your hands and using a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter, cut out your biscuits. (I let Z do this and it was hilarious and fun!)
Place your biscuits on a parchment lined backing sheet. Make sure they are spaced evenly.
Cook for 10-12 minutes. Your biscuits will be simply divine. I served them with a mismatched dinner, but they were really the star the next day at breakfast. Again, they are so easy to make, require barely any ingredients…you really can’t go wrong!