Saturday, January 16, 2016

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

These cheesy garlic biscuits are pretty much the best thing next to sliced bread. I mean, come on. How can you go wrong with something that has garlic and cheese, right? And the best part, they only take 30 minutes from start to ready to eat. Now we are talking. These biscuits are crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside and the perfect accompaniment to your weeknight soup or big family dinner. Or if you are like me, who needs dinner to enjoy them? I dream about these and the smell they fill my house with. Garlic and cheese are pretty much a match made in heaven. Let me tell you just how easy these are to make. Be warned though - once you start making these, you may want them all the time. You can thank me later.

Okay, biscuits. Here we go. Other than the baking staples you already have in your kitchen (flour, salt, etc), you'll need grated cheese (don't use the pre grated, it has starch all over and won't get all ooey gooey), buttermilk and garlic powder. Biscuits also must have butter - it's what makes them so good! But who wants to sit there and cut all the butter in with a pastry cutter or your hands? Not me. I have a new trick that will change your life - grate your butter with a box grater. No need to cut it in any more, just mix it right in with everything else. So easy, right? I think so! Once the butter is all grated, just mix in all the dry ingredients and then mix in all the wet until everything is just combined. You want to make sure to not over mix it. This will give you a tougher biscuit. Not that those are bad, but you want those bad boys nice and fluffy. Once the mixture is ready, you'll want to use a spoon to make 12 plops (technical term) on your baking sheet. They will rise, so leave a bit of room between them. Not too much, but enough. If you need two pans, that's fine. My baking pans seem to be a bit larger than normal, so I could fit them all. Once the biscuits are all measured out and ready to go, pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes, give or take.

While the biscuits are baking, here is where you make the stuff that takes these from good to great. The garlic butter sauce! In a small pan, melt the butter, parsley and more garlic powder until everything is combined. When the timer goes off and the biscuits come out of the oven, you will brush each one with the garlic butter. There is just something about when that butter soaks right in and the smell of garlic hits your nose. And then you realize you must eat one now! These biscuits are so incredibly easy to make that once you make them,you'll wonder why you never made homemade biscuits before!

these biscuits are ready for their closeup

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits (Handle the Heat)

For Biscuits:

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter, grated
1 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese
3/4 cup cold buttermilk

For Butter:
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or silpat, if you have one).

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, garlic powder and salt. If you've grated the butter, throw it in now. If you have not and want to cut your butter in, add the cubed butter and use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter until the butter is pea size, give or take. Then add in the cheese and then the buttermilk. Mix everything until just combined. Don't over mix it here.

Drop the dough in about 1/4 cup sizes on to the baking sheet. You should get about 12 biscuits using this measurement. Bake until golden brown about 15 to 17 minutes.

While the biscuits are baking, mix together the melted butter, parsley and garlic powder. When the biscuits come out of the oven. brush each one with the garlic butter and enjoy!

These cheesy garlic biscuits are pretty much life changing.

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