Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bacon, Gruyere & Pepper Biscuits

These biscuits are simple to make and make an “oh so delicious” accompaniment to any meal! My boys enthusiastically shout “bacon biscuits, bacon biscuits” when I make them for dinner. You know, you could also slice them in half and make a sandwich out of them for lunch! Come to think of it, these savory biscuits would be great for breakfast too (smothered in gravy, I imagine). Basically, they are good any time, day or night!

2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1-2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper (catered to your spice preference)
1/2 tsp salt
5 Tbl cold butter, cut into little cubes
1 c. shredded gruyere cheese
4 strips cooked bacon, finely chopped
1 c. buttermilk*

1. Heat over to 350F
2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, powder, soda, pepper & salt.

3. The next step is to “cut in” the small cubes of butter. Some people use a pastry knife to do this- which is just fine. I prefer to use my hands- it’s just easier for me. Basically what you do is “grind” up the butter into the flour mixture using your fingertips until it is fully incorporated and the whole mixture resembles coarse meal. If you have never done this before, please do not be’s super simple and hard to mess up- biscuits are easy like that!

4. Next gently stir in the shredded cheese and cooked bacon crumbles. Toss lightly to combine. Add the buttermilk until the mixture forms a soft, slightly sticky ball
5. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and form into a light ball. Place each ball on a greased cookie sheet about an inch apart. Bake for 16-20 minutes until the biscuits are light brown on the top.

*Here’s a great tip! If you do not have buttermilk handy, you can substitute it for this simple mixture (let it sit for five minutes before using):
1 c. of milk + 1 Tbl fresh lemon juice OR 1 Tbl white vinegar=
1 c. buttermilk

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