Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Copycat of Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits: Garlic Cheese Biscuits


There are many copycat recipes out there for Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Believe me, I’ve tried a good handful of them, but none of them have compared to the original one… until now.

The first time my DB and I made this, we were so blown away on how DELICIOUS and TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL these biscuits were. And who knew- the ingredients are minimal and prep work is easy. I know I’ve used all the ingredients below in the various variations I’ve attempted previously, but seriously- it’s only 7 ingredients, and most of what you already have on hand. The biscuits are also incredibly light and fluffy. We made this twice in 1 week, which is a rarity since there are so many recipes I’ve bookmarked to try. I’ve even been told that Tastefully Simple’s Perfect Parmesan Mix is the closest to RL’s biscuits, but both my DB and I were disappointed since we felt this recipe was far superior. And just as easy. You need to add this into your menu rotation NOW.

9/23/11 Updated note: This recipe makes the perfect amount of garlic butter for 6 biscuits. Any more biscuits, it didn't have the "right amount". Trust me on this.

Garlic Cheese Biscuits
Ingredients:
  • 1-1/4 cups biscuit mix (I use regular Bisquick; It wasn’t as good with Heart-Healthy Bisquick)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup water

For the Garlic Butter
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp dried parsley flakes

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine the biscuit mix and cheese in a small bowl.
3. Add the water and stir just until combined. The dough will be slightly moist.
4. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls (this scoop is perfect!) onto the prepared baking sheet. (Divide into 6 biscuits.)
5. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the biscuits are firm and beginning to brown.
6. While the biscuits are baking, make the garlic butter: In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic powder, salt, and parsley flakes. Mix well.
7. As soon as you bring the biscuits from the oven, brush them with half of the garlic butter using a pastry brush.
8. Place them back into the oven for an additional 2 minutes to finish obtaining a crispy golden color. Remove them from the oven and re-brush them with the remaining garlic butter. (You'll think you made too much garlic butter, but these biscuits just soak up the butter. We brush it once, and then re-brush it with more butter since the bread soaks it up so quickly.)

Yield: 6 biscuits

Source: Adapted from Paula Deen

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