Monday, August 29, 2011
Bacon, Cheddar and Chive Biscuits | Secret Recipe Club
This is the second time that I have participated in The Secret Recipe Club. I had such a brilliant experience with the initial time and was introduced to other wonderful bloggers; I knew I needed to continue with the club. Amanda of Amanda’s Cooking is the founder of this fun cooking club. Each month you are assigned to a new blogger and can explore their site for new recipes and ideas.
This month I had the pleasure of being introduced to Tara from Feels Like Home. Tara’s blog is chalk full of numerous topics beyond just cooking. She shares ideas on making home management easier, family tips, crafts, good health and even home schooling thoughts. I only have a four legged child, so some of her wonderful tips are not applicable to me but I can imagine that her wisdom has helped many.
Tara is a young wife and mother. Her motto is – “I live the life I love, and I love the life I live”. I can sense that Tara is a very positive person and I am sure a great mother, wife and friend to many. She balances her teaching science at a high school, blogging and taking care of her family. The name of her blog came from moving quite a bit as a kid, to finally having a home and family, so now it “feels like home”. It was nice to meet Tara virtually and I give her much kudos for everything she has accomplished.
Choosing the recipe for this round of the Secret Recipe Club was challenging, since Tara has so many wonderful ones to choose from. However, one just stood out immediately – perhaps it was because bacon was one of the ingredients. Who doesn’t love applewood smoked bacon?
The Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Biscuits caught my eye and made my mouth water. The recipe called for bisquick, which I typically do not have in the house. I loved all of the ingredients, so I made my standby buttermilk biscuits and then added the bacon and cheddar to the mix. Thought another natural match for these delightful biscuits would be a touch of chopped chives to enhance the flavor profile. I thought the brushing of the garlic butter on the finished biscuits was brilliant and again another layer of flavor.
The smell of bacon combined with buttery biscuits lofting through the house, was the pure smell of home. I can see why Tara loved to make these. Right when I pulled them out of the oven, I had to have a bite. All I can say is these are pure heaven for either breakfast, lunch or dinner. Thank you Tara for a wonderful inspiration and recipe!
Bacon, Cheddar and Chive Biscuits
2 1/8 C. Flour
4 t. Baking powder
2 1/2 t. Sugar
¼ t. Cream of Tarter
½ t. Salt
1 Chilled stick butter or shortening (1/2 cup) cut into small pieces
⅔ C. Buttermilk
4 to 6 Pieces of Applewood Smoked Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 C. Grated Cheddar Cheese
¼ C. Chives, finely chopped
2 T. Melted butter
½ t. Garlic powder
Preheat the oven to 400º
In a large bowl, blend together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add in the cold butter and toss the butter in the flour. Using your finger tips quickly cut and rub the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles pea-size pieces. I recommend using your hands for best results but do not overwork. Add the bacon, cheddar and chives and mix together.
Pour in the buttermilk. Using a fork, mix everything until it just comes together. Lightly dust a bread board with flour. Turn the dough out, lightly dust the top with flour, and gently knead the mass until it comes together.
Using your hands, flatten the dough out into a rectangle one-inch thick. Cut into twelve pieces.
Transfer each biscuit to a non-stick baking sheet. Mix the garlic powder into the melted butter. Lightly brush on to each biscuit. The closer you have them together, the softer they will be. Bake for 10-15 minutes until they are lightly golden brown around the edges. Best eaten right out of the oven for peak deliciousness!