Cheddar Biscuits

Has anyone else been relentlessly searching for the recipe of the cheddar bay biscuits they serve at Red Lobster? Well I have.  And I can finally report that I have found it. YES, IT’S TRUE! Here’s some proof:

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I’ve tried many many recipes, mostly ones that start off with an instant biscuit mix, but that can sometimes be a problem because instant biscuit mix isn’t available everywhere, so behold, a cheddar bay biscuit recipe from scratch. And it’s really easy to make too. All you need is some good cheddar cheese. No Adam’s pizza cheese or cheese slices that won’t expire till the end of time. Some really good cheddar cheese. The rest of the ingredients are home staples or easily available.

Here’s what you’ll need for 12 biscuits:

2 cups flour

2 t baking powder + 1/2 t baking soda

1 t sugar

1/2 t salt (you can add up to 1 t)

1 t garlic paste or 1/2 t garlic powder

1 t cayenne pepper

1 cup good quality cheddar cheese, shredded

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup vegetable shortening, melted

Here’s what you’ll need for the topping:

2 T butter, melted

1 t dried parsley

1/2 t garlic powder or 1/4 t onion powder

 

Preheat your oven to 200 C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking powder+baking soda, sugar, salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder(if you have it, if not then add the garlic paste to the buttermilk mixture) and shredded cheese.

In a separate bowl melt the shortening in a microwave. If you don’t have shortening at home you can use butter. I prefer shortening because it makes the biscuits more flaky and crispy, but butter make them just as delicious. Once the shortening is melted add in the garlic paste(only if you haven’t added garlic powder to the flour mixture) and let the shortening sit for about 5 minutes. Then add in the buttermilk, and don’t worry if the mixture clumps because it’s supposed to! I prefer to add chilled buttermilk. Then it’s just a matter of folding the buttermilk mix into the flour mix until all the liquid is absorbed. If you see that some of the flour mix is still dry and all the buttermilk is absorbed, add 2-3 T more buttermilk. The mixture should look like this:

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Once the biscuit mixture resembles this you can scoop out 1/4 cup portions and place them about 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheet until the mix runs out. I got 11 biscuits, but you can can drag it out to 12. Bake them on the center rack for about 12-15 minutes, or till the tops start turning golden brown.

In a small microwave proof bowl melt the butter, dried parsley and garlic or onion powder. Brush this butter mix over the biscuits and return them to the oven for 2-3 minutes. If you don’t have garlic or onion powder, just add 1/2 t garlic paste to the butter. And please note that I’ve listed garlic powder OR onion powder in the topping ingredients.

If my memory serves me right these turn out just like the cheddar bay biscuits at Red Lobster, and there’s no reason you can’t have a delicious feast at home to accompany these biscuits, or just have them on their own, like i’m having them right now:)

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