Thursday, 19 July 2012

Red Lobster Biscuits

I seem to have this character flaw trait that means that every once in a while I'll stumble across something, and for a short time it becomes close to an obsession. It can happen with a TV series (Prison Break, Gilmore Girls, West Wing ... actually, I don't think I'll ever get over the West Wing), a song (I daren't give you an insight into my questionable taste in music), a favourite place (Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Wagamamas restaurants) or food (buffalo wings, beetroot coleslaw, turkey burgers). It happens all the time with recipes. I have a very understanding husband.

The current obsession is Red Lobster biscuits. Side note: these are similar to what we would call scones in the UK, but the main difference is the sugar and fat used. Biscuits also tend to be less more savoury and are usually served alongside a meal rather than on their own. For those who have had the joy of eating at Red Lobster (an American restaurant chain) I hopefully shouldn't have to explain why these have become an obsession. For those who have not had the pleasure as yet; Red Lobster serve these biscuits with your meal and, for me anyway, they pretty much steal the limelight from anything else.

I recently stumbled across a couple of recipes for them, and ever since I have been serving them with everything. I'm already planning on making celery soup tonight, pretty much just so I can make these biscuits to go with it (in my defence, I do also have celery and blue cheese that need using up). You may have noticed I served them with the Gammon I made recently- that was totally unnecessary with the amount of food we already had, but I just couldn't help myself! The problem is, they're so quick, easy and cheap to make that I can't even use any of those as reasons to stop myself.

Red Lobster Biscuits

2 cups buttermilk biscuit mix (most Supermarkets sell Bisquick)
1 cup grated mature cheese
1/2 tspn garlic powder
3/4 cup milk
2 tblspns butter, melted
2 tspns dried oregano
1/4 tspn salt and 1/4 tspn garlic powder, combined

Makes 12

1) Preheat oven to 200C/ 180C fan/ Gas 6/ 400F.

2) Grease your baking tray.

3) In a large bowl, combine the biscuit mix, cheese and garlic powder.

4) Slowly add in the milk, mixing thoroughly. The dough will become seriously sticky, which makes the next part fun...

5) Using your fingers, separate the dough into 12 clumps. I say clumps, because these don't HAVE to be neat... it's just the neat freak in me that can't resist patting them down.

6) Drop them onto your baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes until golden. Meanwhile, combine the melted butter, oregano and the garlic salt mix.

7) When the biscuits are done baking, take them out of the oven and brush with the herb butter.

8) Serve while still warm, devour and then try to resist making them with everything!

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