Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Ham & Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits #SavetheBiscuit


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ham & Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits #SavetheBiscuit

There's nothing better than a good ole buttermilk biscuit if you ask me. I grew up eating southern biscuits, so it's no surprise when you see biscuits gracing my table for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some things in life are made to be simple and buttermilk biscuits are one of those things. 

Most people are intimidated when it comes to biscuit making. I know it can seem easier to just pop open a can of biscuits, but take it from me those are definitely not biscuits. I'm always surprised when I hear someone tell me that they've never had the privilege of indulging in a homemade biscuit.

Biscuit making is simpler than you think, and all you need is a few ingredients and a little practice. What could be better than a fresh
hot biscuit topped with butter, jam or even honey.
Buttermilk biscuits are perfect for sopping up milk gravy, sausage gravy, bacon gravy, egg gravy, or even chocolate gravy (my favorite). I know folks that's a lot of gravy, but you get the point.


The best thing about biscuit dough is just how versatile it can be. You can make not only pipping hot biscuits, but other wonderful treats as well depending on how you roll and cut it the biscuit dough. You can make buttermilk biscuits, Biscuit Shortcake, Biscuit Fruit Cobbler, Chicken & Dumplings, biscuits and gravy casserole, a topping for pot pie or these  Ham & Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits pictured above.

These Ham & Cheddar biscuits came to mind while I was trying to find a quick breakfast for my 11 year old son. He loves buttermilk biscuits, so I thought about adding some diced leftover ham, and some cheddar cheese for a quick on the go breakfast. 

These biscuits are really just a spin on the popular country ham and biscuit that most of y'all are familiar with. The biscuits baked up tender and fluffy, and the combination of the ham and cheese paired perfectly. These biscuits also freeze wonderfully, and are easy to re heat in the microwave.

To make great biscuits I think it starts with a good flour. My choice is always White Lily® Self Rising Flour, made of 100% soft winter wheat. White Lily's flour is milled very fine, so the flour is very light, fluffy, and silk like. White Lily Self-Rising flour already has the leavening and salt added to the flour which is ideal for making light, flaky biscuits and pastries. 

Lets get started and make some ham and cheddar biscuits. These are the ingredients you'll need, self rising flour, one stick butter, shredded sharp cheddar cheese or cheddar cheese blend, finely chopped ham and buttermilk.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Measure self rising flour and into a large bowl. Cut butter with a sharp knife or pastry blender into small pieces. (I cut my butter into fours and then cut into small squares). Add the butter into the flour and toss. 

Using a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas (you can also use two forks or your fingers). Add the finely chopped ham and shredded cheddar cheese and toss to combine with the flour.

Add the buttermilk all at once, stirring just until the dry ingredients are moistened (mixture will be loose). Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; lightly fold the dough, gradually adding additional flour as needed until the biscuit dough starts to come together.Press or pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. 

Cut with a 2-inch round biscuit cutter. 

Place, side by side, on a parchment paper-lined or lightly greased jelly-roll pan (for higher biscuits make sure the biscuits are touching each other).

Bake at 400° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter.




Ham & Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits
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Ingredients:
1 - stick (1/2 cup) cold butter
2  1/4 - cups White Lily self-rising flour
2/3 - cup finely chopped smoked ham 
3/4 - cup sharp cheddar cheese or cheddar cheese blend
1 - cup buttermilk, well shaken or make your own (see cook's note)
additional flour for dusting  surface to knead dough
2 - tablespoons melted butter, to brush on baked biscuits

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Measure self rising flour and into a large bowl. Cut butter with a sharp knife or pastry blender into small pieces. (I cut my butter into fours and then cut into small squares). Add the butter into the flour and toss. 

Using a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas (you can also use two forks or your fingers). Add the finely chopped ham and shredded cheddar cheese and toss to combine with flour.


Add the buttermilk all at once, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened (mixture will be loose). Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; lightly fold the dough, gradually adding additional flour as needed until the biscuit dough starts to come together. 

Press or pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place, side by side, on a parchment paper-lined or lightly greased jelly-roll pan (for higher biscuits make sure the biscuits are touching each other).
 
Bake at 400° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter. 

Cooks Note: If you do not have buttermilk, you can always make your own by using vinegar or lemon juice. To make your own buttermilk add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to make 1 cup. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes before using. 
Recipe yields: 12 depending on size and thickness

White Lily products are available in local grocery stores in most southern states. I live in Texas and White Lily flour is only available at my local Central Market. If you're unable to find White Lily Flour in your area you can purchase White Lily products online at Amazon, Smuckers or Soap.com.



Disclosure: I’m excited to be working with White Lily® flour on a mission to #SavetheBiscuit. Together we want to help bring back the art of biscuit making by
learning
, teaching and sharing the joy of biscuit making for generations to come.

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5 comments:

Becky (So Very Blessed) said... #

I love biscuits! And ham and cheese! So putting it all together creates a super food...yum!

Colleen said... #

you are so right on how easy it is to make fresh biscuits and there is nothing that tastes any better than homemade.
I just made biscuits the other day only I used fresh bacon bits in place of the ham.
Thanks for sharing your recipe
ColleenB.
Texas

Joanne Voth said... #

I love biscuits, and your recipe looks so good!
Thanks!

Anonymous said... #

These are a hit in my family.
Soooo good!

Anonymous said... #

I made these this morning. Perfect and delicious! Great recipe!!