Monday, April 15, 2013

The Southern's Bleu Cheese Biscuits

I have had many a long conversations with people about the true art it is to make a good southern style biscuit.  Sure, you can gather the flour and shortening and go about it like the instructions say to on the back of the flour but they are never going to be as delicious as say the Biscuit Lady's at Loveless Cafe.

I have tried several different recipes and all have been good but alas I feel as if the true secret to these delightful treasures has evaded me.

During this long process of trial and error one thing I have found is that if I add something else to the dough it only makes them better!

My personal favorites are the herbed biscuits with all my favorite savory flavors incorporated into the dough.

That was, of course, until I found this recipe!

A friend of mine flattered me terribly by sending me this link to a local cooking competition which she insisted I enter, so I did.  As I was looking through the email I noticed that the restaurant who was putting on said competition had, as incentive to participate, included two of their house favorites.

As I knew we would be smoking a lamb leg the following weekend I quickly printed the recipe and added it to the list of things we would be making for our cookout!  

We were not disappointed....even heated up the following Sunday for dinner they were delicious!

The Southern's Bleu Cheese Biscuits

3 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
½ Tablespoon Salt
½ pound butter (2 sticks), cubed
1 Cup Buttermilk
1 Cup Bleu Cheese, crumbled

Combine first 4 ingredients, slowly add butter and then add buttermilk, mixing just enough until dough is formed.

Knead dough with more flour as needed until formed. Roll dough on floured surface.
Book fold bleu cheese crumbles into dough 3 times.

Roll to ½ inch thickness, cut with biscuit cutter.  

Bake on parchment line sheet pan for 11 minutes at 350 degrees.
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