January Recipe of the Month–Cheddar is Better
While I would hardly consider Red Lobster fine dining, Adam and I have been known to pay a visit from time to time. While it isn’t the finest sea food, it certainly hits the spot when you are looking for a meal you can trust will be good. One of the best parts about dining at a Red Lobster are the “cheddar bay biscuits” that accompany every meal. Like the breadsticks at Olive Garden, these biscuits are hardly complex, yet there is something in their flavor that will keep you going back for more, it is truly hard just to stop at one. I mean we have been known to grab one and then start picking at the others and before you know it the whole basket has disappeared. It is for that reason that I when I spotted a knockoff of the recipe on my new obsession Pinterest, I knew I had to give them a try. Ribs were on the menu this week, so I figured that was as good of dish as any to have these alongside. I was quite pleased at just how easy these were to make, I mean in 5 minutes the batter was made and they were in the oven. And while they cook you just mix together a buttery mixture to brush over top of the hot biscuits out of the oven, I dare you not to drool!
2 cups Bisquick biscuit mix
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
1/4 cup butter (melted)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
Preheat oven to 450 degree. Mix biscuit mix, milk, and cheddar cheese until soft dough forms; beat vigorously for 30 seconds. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Mix melted butter, garlic powder, and dried parsley; brush generously over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet. Serve warm. Make 10-12 biscuits.
TASTE: While these don’t taste exactly like Red Lobster’s cheddar bay biscuits, we both agreed that they were pretty darn tasty and a nice complement to our meal.
EASE OF PREPARATION: As I mentioned above, these were super easy to put together, so simple in fact now that I know how easy they are, I can foresee these making their way onto our plates again. I mean I am not lying when I say it was as simple as stirring together 3 things and baking, I mean going to the store and buying biscuits is more complicated.
COST: I already had the Bisquick on hand, so I really didn’t have to buy any other ingredients. In addition to the Bisquick all the other ingredients were things we always have all the time, so the most I could see spending is a few dollars on a box of Bisquick, and considering one box would make quite a few batches that is quite cost effective.
COMPLEXITY: I mentioned it already, but these biscuits were so simple to make, I am not sure why I have never made any type of biscuit like this sooner. And believe me, I am no baker, so if I can handle these, so can you!
PORTION SIZE: I chose to only make half of the recipe since there are only two of us and we needed them for one meal, however the full recipe would have been accurate and I can easily see how your could double or triple what was called for easily in order to feed a crowd.
So while I am not sure these are “better” than my beloved cheddar bays, they certainly were tasty and a great alternative for when we are craving a nice buttery bread alternative with our meal! I happily give these biscuits 4 little piggies.