Earlier this year Brian took a bread baking class at Marcel's Culinary Experience in Glen Ellyn, Ill., which I bought him as a birthday gift.
I'll take a moment to let that fact sink in. Yes, my husband bakes. And he enjoys it. And I find it dead sexy. :)
One of the recipes he brought home from the class was for cheddar-chive drop biscuits. After I tried some, I looked at him in wild wonder and exclaimed,"These taste just like the Red Lobster biscuits....except these are healthier...and BETTER!"
Seriously. These biscuits are super-duper awesome, and are fairly easy to make. Don't they just look scrumptious? Om nom nom.
Brian made the biscuits. I made them look pretty and took the photos. We both ate them with some chili I made after a long day of DIY-ing and toddler wrangling. Recipe is courtesy of Marcel's Culinary Experience. If you're in the Chicago area and looking for quality cooking/baking classes, I highly recommend Marcel's!
To help all of you fellow Cheddar Bay Biscuit Lovers cope (maybe we should form a support group? The CBBL?) below is the recipe. Happy baking!
Cheddar-Chive Drop Biscuits (aka Imitation Cheddar Bay Biscuits)
Makes about 16 biscuits
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons of cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons of minced fresh chives
Place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and cayenne into a food processor and pulse to blend. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the cheese, buttermilk, and chives and pulse until the mixture just comes together - make sure to not over-process!
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and grease two baking sheets. Drop large tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheets, leaving about two inches between. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
P.S. - this is not an official endorsement of Red Lobster or Marcel's Culinary Experience - these are my own personal thoughts and opinions only.