Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Quick Garlic Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuit

For tender, flaky biscuits cut in the shortening with two knives or a pastry blender. Knead the dough gently, but do knead it – this improves the texture of the biscuits. These biscuits are wonderful right out of the oven so if you can time them with your meal it is so worth it.

Quick Garlic Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuit

Yield: 6 to 10     prep time: 10 minutes     cook time: 10 minutes


1/3 cup shortening
1 3/4  cups flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (Sharp cheese is best)
1/8 cup parmesan cheese
3/4 cup milk
Additional grated cheddar cheese to coat tops of biscuits


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Cut shortening into flour, baking powder, salt, and garlic powder with pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in grated cheese and just enough milk so dough leaves side of bowl and rounds up into a ball. (Too much mild makes dough sticky, not enough makes biscuits dry.)

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 10 times. Drop dough by spoonful’s onto greased cookie sheet. (If desired, first drop dough into additional grated cheese to coat the top.) Place about one inch apart for crusty sides, touching for soft sides. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Immediately remove from cookie sheet if you’re not using parchment paper.


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