Black Pepper-Cheddar-Chive Drop Biscuits

October 26, 2010 · 14 comments · Print This Post

in Bread / Rolls

I love a good hot biscuit covered in melted butter. Don’t you? What I dislike is rolling out dough, making a mess, and then having the whole concoction fall flat in the oven. I’ve comes to terms with the fact that biscuit dough hates me. It’s cool. My grandmother got all of the biscuit making genes in the family. Thankfully what I have instead is a subscription to Cooks Illustrated. Their Best Drop Biscuit recipe is my saving grace. I make them all the time. CK makes them all the time. They’re easy, quick, and addictive. Just what you want to accompany your fabulous soup, stews, and chilies.

The other really lovely thing about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can literally throw in the kitchen sink (which I obviously did with the addition of pepper, chives, and cheese) and the dough just loves whatever you give it. Sweet or savory, you can dress these biscuits up or down and always end up satisfied.

Black Pepper-Cheddar-Chive Drop Biscuits
Best Drop Biscuit recipe originally published in Cooks Illustrated.

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (10 ounces)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1 cup buttermilk (cold)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (about 5 minutes), plus 2 tablespoons melted butter for brushing biscuits

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475 degrees. Whisk flour, pepper, cheese, scallions, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in large bowl. Combine buttermilk and 8 tablespoons melted butter in medium bowl, stirring until butter forms small clumps.

Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir with rubber spatula until just incorporated and batter pulls away from sides of bowl. Using greased 1/4-cup dry measure, scoop level amount of batter and drop onto parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet (biscuits should measure about 2 1/4 inches in diameter and 1 1/4 inches high). Repeat with remaining batter, spacing biscuits about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until tops are golden brown and crisp, 12 to 14 minutes.

Brush biscuit tops with remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Transfer to wire rack and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 anna October 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I would eat that whole basket of biscuits as a meal.

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2 Jenious October 26, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Biscuits for brunch? I’ll bring the gravy.

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3 Jess October 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Who needs genes when you’ve got Cooks Illustrated? These biscuits are beautiful. They look so soft and light. I’d like to curl up on one for a nap one of these cool fall days.

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4 Shannon October 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm

gotta love an easy go-to recipe like this!!

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5 wummy October 27, 2010 at 8:55 am

Mine never come out either. Gram says you have to keep trying. At this age it may never happen. Those I could do.

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6 Kelly October 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Yum. I don’t know that I could ever, ever resist a biscuit, especially one loaded with black pepper, cheese and chives. Yum. Yum. Yum.

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7 Hänni October 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm

These look exactly like the cheddar biscuits at Red Lobster.

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8 Michelle October 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm

There’s little I like eating more than a hot biscuit with butter. Your version sounds and looks delicious!

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9 Lindsey November 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I want! I also want to add bacon to those. mmm bacon.

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10 Joanne November 3, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I’m a biscuit disaster as well, so I love the sound of these fail-proof beauties! thanks for the recipe!

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11 Sharlene November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Mmm can’t turn down a warm biscuit with butter! These look heavenly.

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12 Sherry Greek November 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I love biscuits so much! Cracker Barrel makes my all time favorite, but these look like the ones at Red Lobster, my second favorite. I should try these!

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13 fresh365 November 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I love drop biscuits! Recently I discovered how easy they are to make and am smitten. Looks fabulous!

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