10.30.2013

Smoked Gouda and Chive Buttermilk Biscuits





I’ve been sitting here at my computer watching the black cursor blink until those little spots started to form in the back of my eyes.
I just have no idea what to type here…
No wait yes I do.. Pumpkin..i just want to type the word Pumpkin over and over again.. because that’s all I can see.. all I can think about.. Pumpkin pasta, pumpkin beer, pumpkin ice buckets, pumpkin hats
Pumpkin.
I’ve had 3 nightmares where I’m being chased by a blond haired skeleton (who used to be known as Johnny Depp) throwing pumpkins at my face.
I need to get off the internet. I also need some sleep, but the nightmares just won't go away.
Is there a blogger handbook detailing the rules of what to post per season.. Can I get a copy of that book?
Nevermind..I probably wouldn’t read it.



Also, what if you don’t like something.. you know.. like say.. the taste of pumpkin.
Will you lose your food blogger street cred if you don’t post anything pumpkin related?
I hope not.. Truly..
Because Jesus help me.. there has to be atleast 535,565,787,456 other pumpkin recipes out there you can try..
I’m sorry..
I’ve got nothing..
Ok so that’s a lie..I’ve got biscuits.. probably enough biscuits to make up for my lack of pumpkins.
At least that’s my hope. I hope that ya’ll can get down with these here smoked gouda and chive biscuits with all they have to offer.. They're a gift that keeps on giving. Sorta like if you spent your Friday night out with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
 Just when you think it can’t get any better with their crispy edges and buttery tops. You bite into pockets of rich Gouda cheese with the mild onion flavor of chives. Think Red Lobster biscuits, and then slap yourself because they’re so good...





Smoked Gouda and Chive Buttermilk Biscuits
Prep Time- 25mins Cook Time- 10-15mins- Yield- 12-18 servings

Ingredients:
2 ¼ cup self-rising flour
¼ cup chilled lard, (or shortening)  roughly cut into small pieces about ¼ in
¼ cup chilled butter, unsalted, roughly cut into ½ in pieces
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup Smoked Gouda Cheese, shredded 
2 Tablespoons fresh chives, chopped


Directions:
Preheat oven to 425°
Brush baking pan or cast iron skillet with butter and set aside.
Whisk 2 cups of the flour in a large bowl. Set the remaining ¼ cup to the side.
Using your fingers add in the chilled lard (or shortening) rubbing your finger in a “snapping like motion (you can also use a pastry cutter, but Big Mama used her fingers so that’s what I do)
Add in the chilled butter using the same finger snapping like motion (or pastry cutter) until the dough resembles well crumbled feta cheese and no pieces larger than a pea remain.
Make a hollow well in the center of the flour and pour in buttermilk. Mix just until dry ingredients are moistened and the sticky dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl adding more dough ( 1 tablespoon at a time) if necessary. Gently fold in cheese and chives just until combined.  Sprinkle some of the reserved flour on top a clean surface and turn dough out onto surface. Sprinkle more flour on the top of the dough as well as your hands. Using your hands fold dough in half and pat  out into ⅓ - ½ inches thick. Fold dough in half again and pat out to about ½ thick. For taller biscuit pat to 1 inch thick. Dip a 2 ½ thick biscuit cutter in reserved flour and cut out biscuits. Start at the outer edges of the dough and cut them close together. Place biscuit rounds on prepared baking pan. Bake at 425° for 10-15 or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush tops with a little melted butter. Serve hot with fried chicken or gravy and remember to invite me over…

32 comments :

  1. These are genius and mouthwatering and you absolutely do not need to post something pumpkin.. In fact after a nightmare like that I think you are smart to stay way far away from anything pumpkin related! Hope you get some sleep soon. Right. There. With. Ya.

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  2. Haha, I've also had a complete lack of pumpkin this season... I am just feeling a little overwhelmed by it! But biscuits... I NEVER tire of biscuits... especially with delicious smoked gouda!

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    1. I live on the biscuit train so look for more to come.. :)

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  3. So I really hope you don't lose cred for not loving pumpkin because I'm totally in that boat with you. It's not my favorite so you won't catch me making something pumpkin related! What you will catch me making is these biscuits!! Love the smoked gouda... it instantly makes anything delicious even better!!

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  4. Oh gouda! How I love you. These biscuits look incredible, they'd go perfectly with my curried pumpkin ... umm never mind.

    Question though -since you're basically the queen of biscuits - do you ever bake them in a cast iron skillet (as pictured). We did some tests last year with baking biscuits in a cake pan and found they rose higher. I'm just curious.

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    1. Gurl..I'm far from the queen ..LOL.. I normally bake mine in a cast iron skillet. (mainly cause that's how I was taught) but have also used a baking pan. I've never baked them in a cake pan so now I'm curious. My grandma heats her cast iron skillet up on the stove, then places the biscuits in the skillet then bakes it in the oven.. Supposedly the added heat allows the biscuits to rise higher and faster. I'm gonna try that cake pan..

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  5. Are you for real right now?! They look so fluuuuuffy. Also don't even worry about pumpkin hating, I forgive you.

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    1. Oh thank the lord because I was worried.. I didn't want to have to sit at the weird kids table in the lunch room.. :)

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  6. DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These biscuits are my kind of jam. I would gladly keep the blonde haired skeleton away if you would feed me these biscuits?

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    1. DOOUUUUDDEE!! I just wanted to say that... Thanks homie!

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  7. There isn't much better than a hot, fresh biscuit, especially one that contains smoked gouda!

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  8. The only thing pumpkin I like is toasted pumpkin seeds & that is not exactly pumpkin. That word in a food sense makes me gag lol! Biscuits are much better!!!

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  9. I do still love me some pumpkin (can we still be friends?), but I will totally take these biscuits, any day, any time. Cheesy, chive-y, buttery is where it's at!

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    1. Yes Gurl Yes.. let's still be frenz!!

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  10. The truth is that biscuits are always the answer and these sound amazing! I would love to be one of your dinner guests discovering the pockets of smoked gouda in these bad boys!

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  11. mmm these look soo delicious! :)

    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVE MAVIN

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  12. I will take these biscuits over anything pumpkin, any day. They look so fluffy and gorgeous! Teach me your biscuit-making ways.

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  13. These sound like the best biscuits EVER. You had me at smoked gouda!

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  14. Biscuits > pumpkin anything. Always and forever! :)

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  15. I sincerely hope you got your self some sleep - because Johnny Depp is terrifying and I would absolutely lose my ish if I had dreams of him throwing pumpkins at my head. Calm yourslef with a biscuit. I know that's how I'd do it. :)

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  16. Somehow I've just discovered your blog! Love these biscuits--and your writing style. I could totally use a blogger handbook for certain seasons of the year :) Who cares about pumpkin when you can have these biscuits?!? Not me.

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  17. You had me at smoked gouda! I'm going to make these this weekend for the fam!

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  18. Did I miss a step? When do you add the cheese and chives?

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    1. Lawd you're right. I completely missed that. It's been updated. Sorry about that!

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  19. These look wonderful. And you helped me come to grips with the fact that I really don't care for baked goods containing pumpkin. Served up as a squash once a year is ok but in bread and cookies and stuff I finally can say YUCK! There I finally said it! Thank you!

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  20. OMG. These would ruin my diet in 5 seconds flat. Delish.

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  21. ERIKA. How do you come up with all these fantastic southern recipes? You make me miss down home fare sooooo much. Those maple bacon corn muffins? The biscones? Manchego and thyme biscuits? Gouda and chive?! You are the queen of delicious carbs and I am o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d. (If these were Instagram photos, I would have def pulled the creeper mass-like routine by now! I just can't help it!) You have given me so many recipes to try -- too excited. OK I'm done. Haha. Love these!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia! I want to make everything you post..

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