Thursday, March 7, 2013

Garlic Cheese Drop Biscuits

An easy baking mix biscuit based on the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuit copycats, made with sharp cheddar cheese and melted butter, infused with fresh garlic.

Garlic Cheese Drop Biscuits

Since I still had some baking mix in the pantry, leftover from my annual holiday sausage cheese balls, I thought it'd be a good time to use some to publish these drop biscuits with garlic and cheese. These yummy biscuits were made famous by Red Lobster restaurant's Cheddar Bay Biscuit of course, and the multitude of copycat recipes that resulted from it. This is the copycat version that I ended up with after a few trials.

Rather than including garlic powder in the butter or biscuits, I've really grown to love using butter infused with mashed and chopped fresh garlic, which you strain and drizzle over the top the biscuits.

I also prefer using buttermilk in this biscuit instead of plain milk or water, and I've left out the typical parsley that is often added, although they are also good with the addition of a variety of herbs. I've made a pretty good scratch, cut out version of this garlic cheese biscuit, but I really believe these biscuits are best made as drop biscuits and using baking mix - they really do work out the best. I've also settled on two things with the cheese - use sharp or even extra sharp Cheddar, and one cup of it is just right.

These have a very nice garlic flavor, but not too overpowering and the right taste of cheese - not too little, not too much. Just right. You'll get roughly 9 biscuits using an ice cream scoop, but make them whatever size you prefer, adjusting cooking time as needed. Serve these biscuits with just about anything, but serve them fresh from the oven and hot. That's when they really shine.

Here's how to make them.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Add 1/2 stick of butter and 3 garlic cloves that have been smashed or minced, to a small saucepan and heat together until the butter is melted. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes, or until garlic is softened and tender, but do not brown. Remove from heat, strain out garlic, if desired, and set infused butter aside.


Stir together 2 cups of baking mix and 1 cup of shredded sharp Cheddar cheese.


Add 1/2 cup of the buttermilk and stir.


Add the additional buttermilk as needed, just until flour begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl and a soft dough forms.


Use an ice cream scoop, or about 1/8 cup measure, to drop dough onto a silpat or parchment covered cookie sheet. You should get roughly 8 or 9 biscuits.


Spoon some of the infused garlic butter over each biscuit - reserving some for when the biscuits come out of the oven.


Bake at 450 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until tops begin to lightly brown. Remove from oven and immediately spoon remaining butter over warm biscuits.


Recipe: Garlic Cheese Drop Biscuits

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 5 min |Cook time: 12 min | Yield: About 9 biscuits


Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed or diced
  • 2 cups of baking mix
  • 1 cup of shredded sharp or extra sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of buttermilk, more or less
Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Add the butter and garlic to a small saucepan and heat together until the butter is melted. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes, or until garlic is softened and tender, but do not brown. Remove from heat, strain out garlic if desired, and set infused butter aside. Stir together the baking mix and cheese. Add half the buttermilk, stir and add additional buttermilk as needed, just until flour pulls away from bowl and a soft dough forms. Use an ice cream scoop, or about 1/8 cup measure, to drop dough onto a silpat or parchment covered cookie sheet. Spoon some of the infused butter over each biscuit, reserving some for when the biscuits come out of the oven. Bake at 450 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until tops begin to lightly brown. Remove from oven and immediately spoon remaining butter over warm biscuits.

Cook's Notes: You can use more butter if you like. Okay to substitute milk, but you'll need less. I buy Pioneer brand buttermilk baking mix so that's what I use here. To substitute flour use 2 cups of self-rising flour, whisked together with 3 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar. Cut in 1/3 cup of Crisco shortening, add buttermilk and proceed.

Optional Stir-ins: Finely diced raw onion or dry minced onion, minced jalapeno, chopped fresh parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, dill weed, Old Bay seasoning or Cajun seasoning are all good enhancements.

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10 comments:

  1. These look yummy Mary-I love those biscuits at Red Lobster, so I'll have to try yours.

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  2. Yours look delicious Mary. The red lobster version has been our go to biscuit for a couple of years now and they are always a hit.

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  3. I like your trick on the infused butter.

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    1. I figured this would be a good place to use that Chris!

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  4. Not much can top a cheesy biscuit....These look devine Mary!

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  5. As an inexperienced cook, when you say "baking mix", do you mean something like Bisquick? Other than that, the recipe looks fairly easy...

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    1. Hi Rick! Yes, baking mix like Pioneer, Jiffy or Bisquick. Those are the 3 brands I know of off the top of my head though there are others and even generic brands available. I favor Pioneer as mentioned in the Cook's Notes.

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