Back in my college days, I lived with several interesting characters. Most of which who like myself worked in the restaurant industry to pay their rent and their tuition. At one point, I had a roommate who juggled two or three jobs (it could have even been four) simultaneously, one of which was as a waitress at the local Red Lobster, or as we called it-The Crimson Crustacean. My roommate used to bring home these yummy cheesy biscuits that reeked of delicious garlic that I loved...we used to have a few as we knocked back a few beers after a hard night's work. I was carrying a full load of classes and hostessing 5 nights a week at The Sheepherder's Inn (or maybe I was cocktailing at the Cliffhouse) back then...remember those places? Anyhow, I had kind of forgotten about those biscuits until recently. Kidlet #2 loooooves bread- rolls, biscuits, breadsticks...he's always grabbing for them at the dinner table. So I did some Internet searching and found this recipe on Kayotic Kitchen for Faux Red Lobster Biscuits and decided to give it a go. Mr. S.'s eyes got big when I pulled out the Bisquick...I could tell he was thinking, "What the heck!?!?" but Kidlet #2 was excited. He even offered to help cook. I made a few quick tweaks to the recipe then quickly put him to work measuring ingredients and rolling "snowballs" of dough. The three of us had a pretty merry time in the kitchen. Surprisingly enough, the biscuits came out delish! Mr. S. even suggested that we make them for our next dinner party and both kidlets ate several. I'm pretty sure I saw Kidlet #1 snake one post-dinner as a dessert as well. Heh, whattayaknow.....
Cheddah Biscuits (adapted from Kayotic Kitchen's Faux Red Lobster Biscuits)
2 cups Bisquick
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Lawry’s garlic salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
2/3 cup whole milk
5 tbsp butter
1 tsp oregano
-Preheat oven 400F degrees.
-Mix Bisquick, garlic powder (not garlic salt!), onion powder and grated cheese in a large mixing bowl and stir.
-Pour in milk and mix well. Stir until dough firms up. The dough will look dry and that's ok, it's supposed to you're using Bisquick, but go ahead and add a teaspoon more milk if dough looks extremely dry (as long as it will hold together you're good).
-Take dough and make small "snowballs." Place balls on baking sheet. (I used it a Silpat for this recipe and it really helped the bottoms of the biscuits from overcooking.) Gently press down on the tops of the biscuits to shape them.
-Should make approx. 12 biscuits.
-Melt 5 tablespoons of butter. Whisk in 1 tsp garlic salt and 1 tsp oregano.
-Brush 50% of mixture onto the tops of the biscuits.
-Bake 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. (Ours took about 10 minutes.)
-Remove from oven and brush the tops with the remaining 50% of the butter mixture. Serve them up while they're still warm.