Monday, November 23, 2009

Country Biscuits w/ Ham, Gruyere & Chives


I received an email from my friend Rosemary that said "MAKE THESE PLEASE".

It was a recipe for Gruyere & ham scones. I am not a big fan of scones, so I decided to honor her request by making biscuits instead.

I am certainly not a country girl, and have always been intimidated by good old fashioned Southern recipes, like fried chicken, biscuits, and grits.

But this was seriously easy.

I looked at a million recipes for biscuits then came up with my own concoction.

I guess we can call them City Biscuits. Whatever.

They were fabulous and I am making a batch to freeze for Thanksgiving.

The next time I make these, I will try a cheddar and dill combination.
You can use any cheese and any herb.
Ham makes them special and perfect for breakfast.

Stacey's City Biscuits w/ Gruyere, Ham & Chives:

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup of Gruyere cheese (feel free to use any cheese you like)
1/2 cup of chopped cooked ham or cooked bacon
2 tbsp of chopped chives (I had them in the garden!)
1 cup buttermilk (you can add 1 tbsp lemon juice to a cup of whole milk, let sit 5 minutes and it is as good as buttermilk)

Preheat oven to 425F and line baking sheets w/ parchment paper or Silpat.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and cut in the butter w/ a pastry cutter or your hands to resemble coarse meal.
(Ann from Thibault's Table has a great trick: she cuts the cold stick of butter into the flour with the large holes of a box grater! I tried it and it worked GREAT! Thanks Ann!)

Stir in the cheese and buttermilk and mix with a fork until the dough comes together.

Pour the dough out onto a floured board and knead a few times. Roll out the dough to a 1" thickness.

Cut out with biscuit cutter, I made small ones and big ones. It's all good.

Bake 12-15 minutes until light brown.
You can also brush w/ melted butter for extra yummy fat.

Next, I will be entering county fairs and pie contests.
(don't count on it).


Ciao Chow Linda said...

There's only one problem with those biscuits. They look so temptingly delicious, I'd eat nothing else at the table, but a big platterful of them slathered with butter. You win the blue ribbon at the Summit city fair.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Those look seriously good, crunchy on the outside, flaky on the inside. I'd love one right now with my morning coffee!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Really good looking biscuits. I think I would love the cheddar and dill combo too!

Content in a Cottage said...

YUM! I hope you saved me a couple. Those look amazing. I'm so proud of you for experimenting to get the perfect recipe. Beautiful photos too.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

These are seriously beautiful. I love savory biscuits more than anything!

Maria said...

Hubs is a huge biscuit fan, he will love your kicked up version!

lisa said...

They look tall and light and delicious! These would definitely be welcome in the south.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Karen said...

Whoa! These look wonderful!

doggybloggy said...

stace-a-lino these biscuits kick major booty!

kat said...

Now that is a flavor combination I adore!

SarahB said...

Just showed this post to Al. He said "THAT to me is heaven on earth!!"

Zoe said...

These look so rustic and beautiful!

Pam said...

Now this is my kind of biscuit! They look fantastic Stacey.

Savory Saute said...

These look fabulous..and certainly a must try! I might try with Asiago cheese as well. Thanks!

Angela said...

I'm a sucker for anything with Gruyere and these look fabulous!

The Food Hunter said...

They sure look good!

Lauren said...

These biscuits are gorgeous! I can almost taste the buttery goodness through the screen...

Thibeault's Table said...

Beautiful biscuits. Perfect in fact. Scones and Biscuits are a favourite of mine. The recipe I use is very similar.

Dina said...

they look delicious!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I want to reach through the screen and grab that biscuit! They look seriously delicious and I DON'T ham nor cheese (lol).

Anonymous said...

I had them today i love the way they taste.
love kat s.

Kate said...

These look wonderful....a great idea and a quick breakfast...for those eating and not baking! I will be making these when the holiday company arrives.

Steve said...

I made these this morning for the family. A real hit. Love the nutty flavor of the cheese with the ham and the little kick of chives. Thanks for this recipe.