Cheddar Bay Biscuits and Gravy: G goes rogue again
The November 2007 Everyday Food recipe is focused on Thanksgiving, so it should come as no surprise that it has waaay more sides than main dishes. This is great for your average home cook. Your average home cook isn’t trying to make everything in the issue in a month. B and I had to get creative to use up all of those side dish recipes. So my biscuits became a breakfast. I was walking around downtown thinking to myself about what to do with cheddar biscuits. I kept thinking “cheddar biscuits, cheddar biscuits”… Then a wonderful voice in my head added one simple word and said, softly, “cheddar bay biscuits.” We all have our chain food vices, right? For D and I, it’s Red Lobster. I love the fried shrimp and those cheddar bay biscuits. So I decided to work in some “bay” in the cheddar biscuit recipe by borrowing from some copycat recipes on the internet. Before I move on to the “and gravy” part…Kyle Kinane’s bit about cheddar bay biscuits and Michael Jackson is genius. Enjoy.
I had my cheddar bay idea, but I was still stuck on what to serve it with. Then another genius voice in my head said “biscuits and gravy.” Like a before and after puzzle on Wheel of Fortune, my head put it together: cheddar bay biscuits and gravy. Boom.
Ok, this is a combination of three different recipes, so bear with me. I started with the original Everyday Food Buttermilk Biscuits recipe (Cheddar Variation), but make some cheddar bay changes. (Here’s a pretty good Cheddar Bay Biscuits copycat recipe that I used as inspiration.) Follow the Everyday Food recipe with these variations:
1)When you mix all the dry ingredients together, add a teaspoon of garlic powder. I messed up and forgot it at that step so I had to add it with the cheddar when I kneaded it all together. That worked out, but I was definitely afraid of over-working the dough. I should have added it with the dry ingredients.
2) As for the cheddar part of cheddar bay, the cheddar variation is only in the magazine. At the part where you knead the dough to combine it, you add 2 cups of grated cheddar. The recipe also says to add more to the top, but holy moley, that’s already a ton of cheese. I love cheese more than the next gal, and I left it off of the top.
3) To finish up the cruise to cheddar bay, I brushed the tops with parsley and melted butter. Some of the copycat recipes had you mix dried parsley in with the dough, but I don’t have dried parsley and I didn’t think buttermilk biscuits with cheddar cheese and garlic really needed much more!
I had to step back the heat on my oven to about 425 instead of 450 because my biscuits were bigger than the ones in the magazine. I cut them out with the top of a rocks glass.
Ok, that’s your cheddar bay biscuits. I must admit that they do not taste exactly like the ones from Red Lobster. The ones from Red Lobster are far more buttery, but have far less cheese and garlic flavor. I think you could double the amount of butter and halve the amount of cheese and garlic to approximate the restaurant experience, but I hope you’ll try it my way.
On to the “n’ gravy”. I got the sausage gravy recipe from the internet only after none of the packages of Jimmy Dean sausage at the grocery store had a recipe for sausage gravy on the side. C’mon, Dean! I took this recipe, halved it (huge mistake, we wound up wanting more gravy), but bumped the sausage back up to a 1/3 lb. I did use whole milk because I have a toddler in the house and one of the perks is that you have whole milk around for cooking and baking.
So how was it? Do you even have to ask? It was cheddar bay biscuits with sausage gravy on top. It was super good. I just wish I would have made more. Luckily, I have four more biscuits in the freezer ready to bake.