Cheddar & Parsley Biscuits

Cheesy, herby, buttery, flaky......you get it, these biscuits were dee-lish-ious!! Turn a plain biscuit into something fabulous just by adding a few key ingredients. Make 'em savory or make 'em sweet, either way, they're sure to please everyone.

By starting with this basic recipe, you can add your favorite ingredients to make them savory or sweet. Start with all-purpose flour and add baking powder, which helps the dough to rise.

A pinch of salt......

And some cream of tartar, which helps activate the baking powder and the rising of the dough. If you don't have this in your pantry, don't worry, you can just omit it. Mix together the dry ingredients.

Add about 1/3 cup of shortening. This will make the biscuits nice and flaky.

Incorporate the shortening into the flour mixture until it looks like small peas.

Here is where you want to add your savory or sweet ingredients. Since we are making savory biscuits, I'm adding about a cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

And some fresh chopped flat leaf parsley. Any fresh herb would be great in this, so add whatever you have! Combine well into the flour mixture. For a sweet twist, you could add some brown sugar and Pumpkin Pie Blend.

Next add about 1 1/4 cups buttermilk or sour milk (just add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup regular milk and let sit for 5 minutes). Mix together until soft dough forms. If dough is dry, add a little more milk until it comes together.

Drop dough onto a floured surface and start kneading it to create layers within the dough.

Fold the dough over and over a few times, adding a little flour if dough is too sticky.

Then form into a soft ball. You only have to give it a few folds, don't over work it.

You can use a rolling pin or just use your hands like I did to create a flat disc about 1" thick. Look at all the yummy herbs and cheese running throughout the dough!

If you have a biscuit cutter, that's awesome, I think a glass works just as well :) This one is about 3" in diameter. Cut out biscuits and place on a lined baking sheet. This should make between 9-10 biscuits, depending on the size of your cutter.

Brush a little melted butter on the tops of the biscuits. This will give them a beautiful golden color when they're done.

And sprinkle a little coarse kosher salt over the tops. This gives it a nice little salty crunch.

Oh man, these are gonna be soooooo good!!!! Pop them in a 450 degree(f) oven for 12-15 minutes or until they are puffy and golden brown.

Ahhhhhhhh.....like this!

Still steaming....and ready for some butter!!

Look at the herbs and cheese!!!!

Soft, buttery, flaky, cheesy and herby, these biscuits are the perfect side kick for any meal!

 

RECIPE

CHEDDAR & PARSLEY BISCUITS

Prep Time: 15 Minutes  Cook Time: 15 Minutes Difficulty: Easy Servings: 10 Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt, plus some for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tarter (optional)
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk (1 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees(f).

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, pinch of salt and cream of tarter.

Cut shortening into flour until its the size of small peas.

Stir in shredded cheese and parsley.

Stir in buttermilk and combine until soft dough forms. Add additional milk if dough is to dry.

Turn dough out onto floured surface. Fold and knead dough over a few times and form a flat disc about 1" thick.

Using a biscuit cutter or the end of a glass, cut out biscuits and place on lined baking pan.

Brush melted butter over tops of biscuits and sprinkle with kosher salt.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until biscuits are puffed up and golden brown.


Shonali T.
Shonali T.

Author

Originally from Sonoma County, Shonali's love of food began at a young age in her backyard “mud kitchen”. She published her first cookbook, Shonal’s Kitchen, The Eclectic Home Chef in 2007. She then began experimenting with different spices and started creating blends to cook with. In 2009, SplenDishes by Shonali was born and since then she has expanded her product line to carry gourmet sauces, spice blends, mustards, jams, jellies, chutneys and specialty items. You can find SplenDishes products at local farmers markets, on the shelves of local gourmet grocery stores and online at SplenDishes.com.



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