Saturday, February 18, 2012

Basil & Goat Cheese Biscuits:


      I always seem to have a (mostly full) carton of buttermilk in the fridge left over from baking red velvet cake. Lately it has become a challenge to find new ways to utilize buttermilk (one option is to use it to tenderize chicken before breading and frying). About one full container of buttermilk ago I started creating this savory yet fresh biscuit recipe. Very similar to the ever popular chain restaurant cheddar and herb biscuits, these are instead made with the bright flavor of fresh basil and the creamy texture of goat cheese. This recipe requires neither a standard mixer or the use of a handheld mixer (how convenient!) and the ingredient list consists of items I can typically find in my kitchen on any given day. 
     I was incredibly excited for this particular batch to come out of the oven (my second try, my first batch was almost good enough but not quite perfect). I even called my neighbor over to watch the oven door as the biscuits reached a flakey golden deliciousness and devoured a couple in mere minutes! Hoping you get to watch your oven door as if the most riveting television show is on (just as I did!) while watching these biscuits bake and crisp to tasty perfection! Here's how:

Magic Ingredients:
-7 tablespoons room temperature butter, cut into small cubes
-2 1/4 cups flour
-2 tsps baking powder
-1 tsp salt
-1 1/2 tsp sugar
-1 1/2 cups creamy goat cheese at room temperature
-1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
-1 cup buttermilk


Getting Started:
1: Sift flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. 


2: Add the butter into the mixing bowl and combine with your fingers until a crumbled dough forms


3: The basil and goat cheese can now be added in. Mix with your fingers until combined.


4: Add the buttermilk into the dough and combine with your fingers until just mixed.


5: Place the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 


6: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, divide the biscuit dough into a dozen balls, place on the cookie sheets and bake until a golden brown crust appears.


7: Let biscuits cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then serve!




Replace the goat cheese and basil with jalapenos and cheddar cheese for an extra spicey kick!

Yours,
Nico

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