Easy! Baking Cheddar Garlic Biscuits!
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If you are having a craving for something hearty and garlicky you might be thinking of your favorite comfort foods. No matter what season it is, something that is hot and freshly baked will always do the trick! Even if you aren’t in the mood to bake, you’ll certainly be ready to start once you see what we have in store for you today!
Today, we are going to share one of the most delicious options for using garlic that you probably already know about—cheddar garlic biscuits! These are some truly amazing biscuits that you can place on the table as a side and serve with many other foods to create a scrumptious meal that will have you and your dinner guests savoring every last morsel.
The truth is that dinner biscuits are actually quite bland without the addition of garlic. Many ordinary biscuit recipes also end up hard as a rock after they cool down and work well as projectiles rather than food. However, if you aren’t new to baking and want something a bit different, cheddar garlic biscuits are a welcome change.
And when you substitute regular biscuits for these biscuits that have cheddar cheese and garlic, you'll end up with a biscuit that you just can't say no to. You may even need to make extra so that you don’t eat them all as soon as they come out of the oven!
Today, we’ll share a bit about the history of cheddar garlic biscuits, meal ideas and finally a recipe, complete with tips, to help you make easy cheddar garlic biscuits at home.
Ready to get started? Let’s dive in!
The Origins of These Delicious Biscuits
If you’ve never heard of cheddar garlic biscuits, you’ve probably been living under a rock! Or worse, you’ve probably never eaten at one of the most popular seafood restaurants in America where these decadent biscuits originated. So here’s the scoop on how these flaky, buttery gifts from heaven came to be.
Red Lobster and the Cheddar Bay Biscuit
A cheddar biscuit is not simply another dinner table side dish. They can actually transform a meal. In fact, cheddar garlic biscuits are so popular that they’ve actually been commercialized. If you enjoy eating out at popular chain restaurants, you may have already come across a very famous cheddar garlic biscuit.
In the early 1990s, Red Lobster introduced their version of the
cheddar garlic biscuit, calling them Cheddar Bay biscuits. Darden, the parent
company of Red Lobster, enjoys the honor of having the most ubiquitous biscuit
recipe ever. On the Darden blog, Kurt Hankins, Executive Chef at
Longhorn Steakhouse, recounts the history of how the Cheddar Bay Biscuit came
"I began experimenting with a Texas toast-style French bread to replace the hush puppies. Yet, there was still opportunity to develop a product that was more memorable and unique. I knew I wanted something that would pair well with fresh seafood, and biscuits were first considered because they are often eaten as comfort food among family and friends." says Hankins.
Hankins's recipe took a regular dinner biscuit and added a new twist, by substituting cheese and garlic for traditional sugar, a combination that he thought people would love (and boy was he right!). With a solid recipe known only as “freshly baked, hot cheese garlic bread,” the new recipe was ready to make its public debut at Red Lobster.
From Boring Dinner Extra to Amazingly Yummy...
After first testing the biscuits in a few Red Lobster restaurants in Georgia, the reaction from guests was so good that the chain decided that the biscuits needed to be rolled out on a national scale in Red Lobster restaurants across the country.
When the biscuits were first introduced in Red Lobster restaurants, servers came around to the tables with trays of complimentary biscuits. They used tongs to hand the biscuits out to guests who wanted to try them. After a while, they decided to put trays on restaurant guests’ tables instead because the wait staff simply couldn’t keep up with the demand.
It took a full five years for the cheese garlic bread to earn its name as Cheddar Bay Biscuits. This name was chosen in order to "reflect the seaside atmosphere of Red Lobster" restaurants. However, Cheddar Bay isn't even a real place. It's simply a name so you can cancel your tentative plans to visit Cheddar Bay right now!
Cheddar Bay Biscuits Become a Cult...
Today, more than 1 million Cheddar Bay Biscuits are made every day by the company. That adds up to a whopping 395 million biscuits a year! In fact, their cheddar biscuits have garnered somewhat of a cult following.
The success of Red Lobster spawned dozens of copycat recipes. In fact, cheddar garlic biscuits are one of the most searched recipes on the Internet. There are even entire Facebook pages dedicated to Red Lobster’s version of the recipe.
What to Eat With Cheddar Garlic Biscuits...BREAKFAST!
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If you don’t plan to make a trip to Red Lobster anytime soon, you can always make cheddar garlic biscuits at home. However, you may be wondering exactly what to eat with them. While they are delicious enough to eat by themselves (an internet hoax claimed a man went into a coma after eating 413 of them), you might want some other tasty foods to enjoy with them, as well.
Here are a few meal ideas to try if you are wondering what to whip up with your cheddar garlic biscuits:
You just can’t go wrong when you pair seafood with cheddar garlic biscuits. After all this recipe got its start at a seafood restaurant. However, there are definitely certain items that pair better than others when it comes to cheddar garlic biscuits.
Lobster is probably the first food that comes to mind when you think of cheddar garlic biscuits thanks to the famous restaurant origin of this delicious biscuit recipe. However, there are several ways that you can cook lobster to help you achieve the ultimate meal.
Lobster bisque is a pain to make, but the results are well worth it. If you’re feeling lazy, you can always buy the lobster bisque already made from the store and just bake your cheddar biscuits. Either way, a hearty lunch or dinner is in store for you! This meal will give you the comfort of a warm fireplace on a chilly New England afternoon.
Broiled lobster tail is another option. They cook fast and it’s one of the best ways to cook lobster. Broiled lobster tails are flavorful and juicy. They are even more amazing if you add just a hint of butter and paprika. To prepare lobster tails, all you have to do is split open the shell down the middle, add the seasonings and place them under the broiler for 8-10 minutes. When they come out of the oven, serve them with a salad and your cheddar garlic biscuits and you'll have the perfect meal for a date night or a lively dinner party!
Scallops offer a meaty, yet delicate texture that contrasts well with flaky cheddar garlic biscuits. If you want the perfect scallop recipe to pair with your cheddar garlic biscuit, try honey glazed broiled scallops. These scallops are seasoned with salt, pepper, and then glazed with a hot lemon-honey sauce for a decadent flavor that is sweet, yet acidic. You can put these scallops under the broiler. If you purchase dry scallops, you can pan sear them for the perfect texture.
Deep-fried scallops can be made by dipping scallop in an egg batter and dry bread crumbs. Scallops prepared in this way have a crunchy texture that is just great when paired with the flaky texture of cheddar garlic biscuits. Serve these scallops with tartar sauce, lemon wedges, and a steamed vegetable of your choice for a complete meal. For the best results, use large sea scallops for both of these dishes.
Almost any type of broiled fish works great with cheddar garlic biscuits. However, swordfish, snapper, salmon, and mahi-mahi are all excellent choices. Don’t hesitate to break out the grill if you have time! It will only make a great meal even better. Here are five options that you can use for broiled fish:
Mahi-Mahi - This fish also goes by the name Dorado or dolphin fish and is a white fish that is filled with flavor. Its firm texture makes it perfect for grilling.
Snapper - Snapper is a mild tasting white fish that is commonly found in two varieties in seafood markets: red snapper and yellowtail snapper.
Tuna - Tuna is such a versatile fish and is often considered to be the steak of the seafood world. In the same way that you cook a good steak, tuna should be cooked rare to medium rare to bring out its best flavor.
Swordfish - Swordfish has an off-white flesh and a firm, dense meat-like texture with a taste that is rich and sweet. Since it is often sold already cut into steaks, it is a perfect option for the grill.
Salmon - Salmon is a mild-tasting fish that can be cooked as steaks or made into skewers if you cut it up into pieces.
To add some additional flavors to your broiled fish, consider stuffing snapper or salmon with a crab or shrimp stuffing. A simple shellfish stuffing will make you feel like you are right at your favorite seafood restaurant!
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Spaghetti with tomato sauce and meatballs offer a heartier option for foods to pair with cheddar biscuits. The cheddar garlic biscuits can be used to replace the flavor of the Parmesan cheese that is typically added to spaghetti and meatballs. In addition, this makes a cheaper option for a meal that will be enough to feed the whole family if you are on a budget. They can decide their own portions and they’ll probably be enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
If you want to make this meal ahead of time, just make the meatballs and cheddar biscuits and stick them in the freezer. When it’s time for dinner, just boil your pasta, heat up the meatballs and cheddar garlic biscuits in oven, and you’ll be ready to eat in no time!
Although, we’ve already mentioned lobster bisque, there are other soups that go well with cheddar garlic biscuits. Chili is a great option and you can even put a southwest twist on your cheddar garlic biscuits by using a Mexican cheese blend that includes Asiago cheese instead of cheddar cheese.
Tips for Perfect Cheddar Garlic Biscuits...
Now that you have some meal ideas in mind, it is time to make your cheddar garlic biscuits! If you are trying to bake the perfect cheddar garlic biscuits, you should know about a few secrets to help you get it just right. Here are our recommendations:
Don't Use Biscuit Mix
If you use biscuit mix to make your cheddar garlic biscuits instead of doing it from scratch, you might run into a big problem with the texture. In fact, your cheddar garlic biscuits likely won't turn out very fluffy or flaky because the fat in the biscuits will come from the shortening that is typically included with the mix. Butter is much better than shortening at creating the perfect light and airy texture for your biscuits. It will also add flavor.
Avoid Allowing the Biscuits to Brown Too Much
Avoid allowing the biscuits too brown too much on the bottoms because they will taste burnt. The funny thing about biscuits is that the flavor is often ruined well before the bottoms have turned all the way to a charcoal color. Therefore, if you want perfect biscuits, you better keep your eye on the oven and check them periodically, especially if your oven tends to cook things faster than the time specified by most recipes.
Another trick that you can use to keep your biscuits from attaching themselves to the pan is to use a sheet of parchment paper to bake them. This keeps the cheese from sticking to your baking sheet and makes them easier to remove from the pan when they are done.
Don’t Over mix...
If you over mix your cheddar garlic biscuit dough, it will lose its airy texture and you'll end up with hockey pucks instead of fluffy biscuits! So, go easy on the mixing.
Freeze the Butter First
Since the butter for your cheddar garlic biscuits should be added in so that it is forms clumps with the rest of the mixture, freeze the butter first and then grate it into the mixture. This will also help to ensure that your cheddar garlic biscuit mixture doesn’t end up being over mixed.
Don’t Use Other Flours
When it comes to flour options, don’t use other flours unless you want to make adjustments to the ingredients to improve the taste. Flour is the base of your biscuit recipe. All-purpose flour is the best choice and will give your cheddar garlic biscuits the best texture. There's no need to use bread flour for the recipe because this recipe does not call for yeast.
Self-rising flour is all-purpose flour that has baking powder and salt added to it. As a result, you will need to reduce the salt content of your cheddar garlic biscuit recipe if you use self-rising flour so that the biscuits don't end up being too salty. Additionally, using self-rising flour will also change the look of the biscuit since it won't bake up with a crumbly texture.
If you decide for some reason that you prefer to use whole wheat flour, the biscuits will have a significantly different flavor and you may have to do some experimentation with changes to the other ingredients to get it just right.
Choosing a Cheddar Cheese
The next big decision that you’ll have to make is about which cheddar cheese to use in your cheddar garlic biscuits. While you could use the store brand shredded stuff, adding a gourmet cheddar cheese that you shred by hand will add a nice final touch for the ultimate cheddar garlic biscuits.
Cheddar cheese has a sharp, pungent flavor that can sometimes described as slightly earthy. The flavor and color may vary and it comes in many strengths including mild, medium, strong, mature, old, vintage, tasty, sharp, and extra sharp. Sharp cheddar is a great option for this biscuit. However, you can experiment with different cheddar cheeses to determine which cheese works best according to your own personal tastes.
Cheddar Garlic Biscuit Recipe
Now, that you understand all of the important factors that go into
a great cheddar garlic biscuit recipe, let’s start baking! Here is an awesome
garlic cheddar biscuit recipe to complement your next delightfully hearty meal.
1) Cheddar Cheese Garlic Biscuits with Garlic Butter Sauce
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
- Using a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Cut or grate the butter into the mixture and mix with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Using your fist, make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
- Add in the milk and cheddar cheese and stir with your hands to combine. The dough will be quite sticky.
- To a ungreased baking sheet, add the batter in spoonful’s leaving just a bit of space between each spoonful.
- Bake in a preheated oven for roughly 12 to 15 minutes, or until the biscuits are lightly browned.
- While the biscuits are baking, prepare the garlic butter sauce by mixing the melted butter and minced garlic after you peel the garlic using your Garlic Shaker® Toss.
- After removing the hot biscuits from the oven, brush them lightly with the garlic butter sauce.
- This recipe makes 12 servings. If you’d like to make some modifications to this recipe, you can also add in 1 teaspoon of parsley and up to ¼ cup more cheese if you like your biscuits extra cheesy.
- With the garlic butter sauce to drizzle over the top of your biscuits, this version of the recipe is just like the one at the popular seafood chain. Adding garlic butter sauce will help you to consume even more garlic and will add a stronger garlic flavor to your cheddar garlic biscuits if you are a garlic lover.
With cheddar garlic biscuits, you now have even more ways to add garlic to your diet. Garlic is highly nutritious and contains high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Manganese. Adding more garlic to your diet will ensure that you get these important nutrients while also delivering the garlic in flavorful meal options that you’ll absolutely love.
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