Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Blue Cheese Dressing Biscuits

There are some ideas that shoot down like bolts of lightening. Altering your very core. Ideas that give you a new perspective on life. 

This is one of them: Use salad dressing to make biscuits. 

Many of the store-bought dressings I like now a days are from the refrigerated section and are yogurt based. Which means.....

BISCUITS!!! Ranch biscuits, blue cheese biscuits, the options are ENDLESS.

They totally have some sort of dairy in them. Cream, sour cream, etc. Why not sub in something like blue cheese dressing???

Now that I've blown your ever-loving minds, here's the quick and easy -

Drys - flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.

Cut in shortening and butter. Use your fingers to integrate it till it looks like coarse sand.  Make a well in the middle.

Get out the dressing. Mine was the yogurt based kind. Not sure if regular dressing works, if you try it, let me know!

Measure out a 1/2 cup. Add some half & half. Then some blue cheese crumbles to kick it up a notch.

Pour the wets into the well in the drys. Mix it together with your hand real fast.

Toss is out onto the counter.

Pat the dough out into a 1" high circle and dig out your grandma's biscuit cutter (or the one you picked up at a garage sale in Iowa for a nickle).

Quickly cut out your rounds and put them on a cookie sheet.

Bake until golden brown. Yum!

Blue Cheese Dressing Biscuits
Makes approx. 1 dozen

2 c. flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp  baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp cold butter, cubed
2 tbsp shortening
1/2 c. yogurt-based blue cheese dressing
1/2 c. half & half
3 tbsp blue cheese crumbles

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add in butter and shortening. Work in with your fingers until the mixture looks like coarse sand. Dig a little well in the middle.

In a small bowl (or measuring glass), mix dressing, half & half, and cheese. Pour into the well of the other mixture. Incorporate with a few swift strokes.

Dump mixture onto a lightly floured surface and pat into a 1" thick round. Quickly cut biscuits and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

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