As many of you know, I relish my Fridays, especially the moment work ends and the weekend begins. Hubby and I celebrate the launch of the weekend with Friday Night Bites. A few nibbles, a bottle of wine, good conversation and a time to either chill with our favorite television shows or time with friends.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting three other couples over at our house for Friday Night Bites. I treasure these hosting opportunities and love opening our house to entertain friends and simply enjoy each others company. Everyone arrived on time with divine hostess gifts that were completely unexpected and will be cherished. We are a “shoeless” house and everyone simply kicked them off and we were popping corks on wine bottles within ten minutes – my kind of party.
One of the gals I had met a few weeks prior at an impromptu Friday night gathering at her house. We got to talking and soon realized that she had recently pinned this recipe and was simply flattered that she had been a fan of my blog for quite sometime. I write and share recipes here, but with the vast internet, you never know exactly who is enjoying your blog. Nice to connect with a real live reader, plus she and I had so much in common; it will be great to gather again.
I selected my tried and true appetizer recipes for the soirée and wanted the evening to be fun, stress free and full of laughs and tasty food. You are probably curious, what did I make? I decided on a large cheese platter, Parmesan Pecan Dip, Roasted Grape Crostini, Shaved Truffle BrusselsSprout Crostini, Caprese Bites and Chorizo Date & Apricot Bites. As usual for me, I made too much food, but I never want my guests to go hungry.
The one appetizer that I did not have time to make was these Savory Cheddar and Thyme Whole Wheat Mini Biscuits. I made them with whole wheat flour and they were simply divine. I actually served them with my Balsamic Fig
Jam. I would recommend serving with your favorite sparkling
wine or a crisp Rose. Trust me, you will not be able to stop at eating just one
Savory Cheddar and Thyme Whole Wheat Mini Biscuits
Yeilds 20 Biscuits
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Salt
12 Tablespoons Cold Butter
1 Cup White Cheddar Cheese, grated
5 Tablespoons Fresh Thyme Leaves, rough chop
6 Grinds Fresh Pepper
½ Cup Buttermilk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the cold butter into cubes and add to the dry mixture. Use your fingers and break up the butter into pea size pieces. Next add the grated cheese and chopped thyme and mix gently.
In a small bowl, mix the buttermilk and egg together then add to the dry mixture and combine until incorporated. Lightly knead the dough together and be careful to not over mix.
Sprinkle flour on your work surface and press the dough and press out to be 3/4th inch thick. Use a one inch round cookie cutter to cut out the rounds. Press together dough and repeat process until all dough is used.
Place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush each biscuit with the egg wash and top with a few sprinkles of fleur de sel. Let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes prior to baking. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.