BACON CHEDDAR CORNBREAD

BACON CHEDDAR CORNBREAD
6 slices thick bacon, diced, reserve a few pieces for garnish
1 small onion, FINELY diced
1 can white shoepeg kernel corn
2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 1/4 cups finely grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided, reserve a small amount for garnish
2 cups buttermilk
2 LARGE eggs

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Brown bacon pieces in a deep 10 inch cast iron pan until crisp.
  • Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to paper toweling.
  • Reserve all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease in a small bowl, leaving the 2 tablespoons in the skillet.
  • Add onion and corn, cooking until tender for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove corn and onions from pan.
  • Add reserved bacon dripping back to the skillet.
  • Whisk together the cornmeal, flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Add 1 cup of the cheese.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs and any remaining drippings.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  • Add buttermilk mixture to the well, stirring JUST until combined.
  • Sprinkle a thin layer of the cornmeal in the skillet.
  • Pour batter into skillet and top with bacon and remaining cheese.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Garnish with a few bacon pieces.
  • Serve with butter.

PARMESAN RANCH ROLLS

PARMESAN RANCH ROLLS
2 loaves (1 pound each), frozen bread dough, thawed
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 envelope buttermilk ranch salad dressing mix
3 green onions, white portions only, minced

  • Grease 2 9×9 baking dishes. Set aside.
  • On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 18 portions.
  • Roll each portion into a ball.
  • Whisk together the melted butter and ranch dressing mix.
  • Fold in grated cheese.
  • Roll each ball in the butter cheese mixture and place 9 in each baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with onions.
  • Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm location for 45 minutes, until double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.

GOLDEN POPOVERS

GOLDEN POPOVERS
4 LARGE eggs
1 1/2 cups WHOLE milk
3/4-1 teaspoon salt (I like a Himalayan sea salt)
A PINCH of FRESH ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons melted butter

  • Warm the eggs by placing them UN-CRACKED in a medium bowl and cover with hot water (as hot as your tap will go). Let them sit for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°.
  • Move one oven rack to a lowest position so tops don’t touch the shelf above as they grow.  Move the other oven rack up to the top and place a baking sheet on it to shield your popovers from the direct heating elements and prevent them from getting too dark.
  • Grease the popover pan thoroughly inside each cup as well as around the top edges.
  • With your whisk, beat together the eggs, milk and salt until they are combined. The yolks should be completely blended in.
  • Add the flour and whisk until the mixture is frothy and all large lumps are gone.
  • Quickly stir in the melted butter.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared popover cups. They should be about 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake the popovers for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to 350°. Bake for another 10 or 15 minutes. The popovers will be very golden brown.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy them warm!

NOTES:

  • DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN until the end!

This recipe is adapted from the King Arthur recipe for Popovers.

TOMATO CHEDDAR DUMPLINGS

TOMATO CHEDDAR DUMPLINGS
SAUCE
2 green onions, minced
1 SMALL stalk celery, finely diced
2 tablespoons avocado oil
2 tablespoons WONDRA flour
2-15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet.
  • Add onion and celery, sauteing until soft.
  • Add flour, stirring to combine.
  • Add tomatoes and sugar, blending well.
  • Season with salt and pepper, bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.

DUMPLINGS
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons COLD butter, diced
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup milk

  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt until well blended.
  • Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form.
  • Add cheese.
  • Stir in milk until JUST moist.
  • Drop by tablespoons into simmering tomato sauce.
  • Cover and simmer, undisturbed, 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

CHEDDAR BISCUITS

These biscuits are SOOOOOOOO simple AND SOOOOOOOO flavorful too!

CHEDDAR BISCUITS yields 8 biscuits
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
4 slices medium cheddar, halved diagonally
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or use a silpat.
  • Whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Add 3/4 cup of the cheese with the flour mixture, tossing to coat the cheese.
  • Add 1 1/4 cup of heavy cream, mixing well with a wooden spoon until dough forms.
  • Turn dough out onto greased wax paper.
  • Add remaining cream to bowl, collecting all the stray dry flour bits. Add to dough and knead together until smooth for 30 seconds. Form into an 8-inch circle.
  • Cut into 8 wedges.
  • Place wedges on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Add a slice of the medium cheddar to each wedge.
  • Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese, rotate pan and return to oven for another 8 minutes.

NOTE:  These biscuits work with ANY flavor cheese you choose.  I often make them with Pepper jack or Gruyere and often add a small amount of green chilies or chopped olives when the flavor calls for it.

JEAN PERRY’S ANTIQUE CORN BREAD

I LOVE finding OLD recipe boxes full of handwritten recipes in antique stores. I ESPECIALLY LOVE trying those same recipes in today’s world and finding a lost gem among them. This recipe is just that and was even signed by the baker 😀 I bought 3 boxes and each had a corn bread recipe in it!

This is the first one I’m trying. I did add some green chiles and a smattering of cheddar cheese for the way we like it as well as adjusted the instructions and ingredients to match the ingredients.  This was a HUGE hit and will be made many more times I’m sure.

JEAN PERRY’S ANTIQUE CORN BREAD
1 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 small can diced green chiles, DRAINED WELL
1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 slices bacon, diced, browned and drained

  • Preheat oven to 425˚.
  • Sift together the corn meal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  • Whisk together the milk, butter and egg.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry and blend JUST until combined.
  • Fold in green chiles.
  • Pour into pan.
  • Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  • Top with bacon pieces.
  • Bake 25 minutes.
  • Enjoy.

BOURBON CHICKEN & HERB BISCUITS

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s GREAT for a group or a cool fall evening’s dinner for 2. You can serve it on the biscuits as small sandwiches or you can roughly chop the chicken and serve it over the biscuits like a stew (my favorite way).

BOURBON CHICKEN & SEASONED BISCUITS
CHICKEN
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 bulb onion, halved and sliced thin (save some greens for garnish)
1 1/2 cups baby carrots, sliced diagonally
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 – 1 container (8-16 ounce) beech or Cremini mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed (chopped smaller if using Cremini)
1 cup QUALITY bourbon (I often use Seagrams and it is still quite yummy)
1 cup PURE maple syrup
1 cup heavy cream**
2 sprigs FRESH thyme
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Whisk together the bourbon and maple syrup in a saucepan and gently simmer 10 minutes.
  • In a large saute’ pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add carrots and onions, cooking 2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken pieces, searing about 2 minutes per side or 3-4 minutes if using pieces.
  • Add maple syrup mixture to the chicken pan.
  • Reduce heat slightly, add mushrooms and bring to a SLOW simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the cream, thyme, salt and pepper, cooking for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm over biscuits.
  • Garnish with greens.

**NOTE: A great substitute for heavy cream is 2/3 cup warmed WHOLE milk and 1/3 cup melted butter.

BISCUITS
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons COLD butter, cut into cubes
1 1/2 cups cold WHOLE milk
2 tablespoons avocado oil

  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Combine the spices in a small bowl until well mixed. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the combined spices.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, the seasonings, the sugar and salt in a medium bowl using a whisk.
  • Using a bowl scraper or your fingers, mix in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal; using your fingers will create a more cake-like texture.
  • Make a well in the center and pour in the milk.
  • Stir JUST until combined.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead 5 or 6 times.
  • Roll the dough into a 1-inch-thick disc and cut out biscuits using a 3-inch biscuit cutter. Make sure you don’t twist the cutter otherwise you’ll squish the sides and the biscuit won’t rise. Knead the scraps together, re-roll and cut out biscuits until all the dough has been used.
  • Place the biscuits bottom-side up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together the avocado oil with the reserved spices.  Brush the herb butter on each biscuit.
  • Bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

NAVY BEAN & HAM SOUP with GARLIC CHEESE BISCUITS

NAVY BEAN & HAM SOUP

1 ham bone with meat on it
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 large carrots, chopped
1 large shallot, chopped
3-4 fresh thyme sprigs
cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Frank’s red pepper hot sauce
1/4 cup finely grated cheddar cheese

  • Soak the beans in room temperature water overnight.
  • Cover ham bone with water. Sprinkle generously with cayenne pepper, salt, thyme sprigs and black pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 hours or ham falls off the bone.
  • Strain the stock and separate into 2 separate 8 cup portions. Freeze 1 portion for your next batch of soup.
  • Return the stock to your pan and add the vegetables.
  • Bring to a boil. Add beans and ham pieces. Lower to a simmer for 2 hours.
  • Sprinkle with a few drops of Frank’s red pepper sauce and some grated cheese.
  • Serve with Garlic Cheddar Biscuits.

GARLIC CHEESE BISCUITS
2 cups biscuit baking mix
1 1/2 cups finely shredded Cheddar cheese
2/3 cup milk
1 clove finely minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons butter

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  • In a large bowl, combine baking mix, 1 1/4 cups of the Cheddar cheese, minced garlic and garlic powder.
  • Stir in milk.
  • Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • Brush biscuits with melted butter, and sprinkle with parsley, garlic salt and remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 5 more minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom.

BISCUIT TOPPED CHICKEN POT PIES

BISCUIT TOPPED CHICKEN POT PIES 6 servings
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 LARGE Vidalia onion, chopped
2 large carrots, sliced
1 large stalk celery, diced
2 + 1/2 cups flour
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup whole milk
4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
2 cups spinach leaves
Fresh ground black pepper and salt, to taste

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large stock pot, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, carrots and celery, stirring until soft, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup flour, stirring to blend until flour is golden.
  • Add broth and bring to a boil, stirring until thick and creamy.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Stir in cream and milk until well blended.
  • Add in spinach and chicken pieces, cooking for 5 minutes more.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Divide mixture into 6-8 ramekins.
  • Arrange ramekins on baking sheet. (KEEP WARM)
  • I like to pour the contents out onto a plate for eating.

OPTIONAL: I sometimes add a can of Le Seur peas for color more than anything.

BISCUITS

1 1/2 cups finely grated sharp white cheddar cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons COLD unsalted butter, cut into tiny pieces
1 cup whole buttermilk

  • In a large bowl sift together 2 cups flour, 1 cup of the cheese, 1 teaspoon salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Using a pastry blender cut in the cutter until mixture is crumbly.
  • Add buttermilk and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. (Dough will be sticky and that’s okay)
  • Drop by HEAPING spoonfuls onto silicone lined baking sheet.
  • Bake until edges are beginning brown.
  • Place one biscuit on top of each ramekin and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper.
  • Add to oven for 5-6 minutes until cheese is melted and pot pies heated through.

BUFFALO CHICKEN MONKEY BREAD

These disappeared so quickly that I forgot to get a picture of the finished bread. I made them in my lasagna pan so they would all be the same size. You’ll notice a quite a few strike throughs. I changed the original recipe to do each biscuit the same way so you have a flavor medley in each bite and a more even baking color.

BUFFALO CHICKEN MONKEY BREAD adapted from Pillsbury
2 cans (7.5 oz each) Pillsbury™ Country Style® refrigerated biscuits
2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
3/4 cup Frank’s Original Hot sauce
1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese crumbles, crumbled very small 
2 tablespoons ranch dressing
1/4 cup butter, melted
Savory Spice Shop Tableside Garlic Sprinkle
Additional ranch dressing for dipping

  • Heat oven to 375°. 
  • Lightly spray 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with cooking spray.
  • In medium bowl, toss chicken with 1/2 cup of the buffalo wing sauce until well coated; set aside.
  • Cut 4 biscuits into quarters to make a total of 16 pieces. With hands, press and stretch each piece slightly to make dough round. 
  • Place 1 teaspoon cheese in center of each round. 
  • Enclose cheese by bringing sides of dough up and over; pinch dough to seal and enclose cheese.
  • With remaining 16 biscuits, press and stretch each into larger rounds. 
  • Place 1 heaping tablespoon buffalo chicken in center of each large round. Enclose chicken by bringing sides of dough up and over; pinch dough to seal and enclose chicken. 
  • Stretch each biscuit into larger rounds. 
  • Place 1 teaspoon cheese crumbles AND 1 heaping tablespoon buffalo chicken in center of each large round. Enclose chicken by bringing sides of dough up and over; pinch dough to seal and enclose chicken.
  • Drizzle remaining 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce in bottom of tube cake pan; drizzle 2 tablespoons ranch dressing over sauce.
  • Dip each ball of dough into melted butter; layer cheese and chicken balls in pan, alternating to vary sizes.
  • Dip each ball of dough into melted butter; layer loosely in pan. 
  • Roll each ball in  Savory Spice Shop Tableside Garlic Sprinkle.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until tops of balls are golden brown. 
  • Cool in pan slightly, about 5 minutes. 
  • Place serving plate upside down over pan; carefully turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. 
  • Serve bread with additional ranch dressing for dipping.

GRUMPY GUY SALAD & GARLIC CHEESE BREAD

GRUMPY GUY SALAD
1 head romaine salad, cut into bite sized pieces & washed

1 orange, peeled, sectioned and cut into pieces
1 kiwi, peeled and chopped.
1 small bunch scallions, sliced thin
1 ripe pear, chopped
1 small bunch asparagus, blanched and cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup snap peas, cleaned & halved
1/3 cup peanut oil
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons sugar
salt & pepper to taste

  • Wash and prep fruit and veggies.
  • Place in a large salad bowl.
  • Whisk together the peanut oil, champagne vinegar, sugar, salt & pepper until well blended.
  • Pour over salad and toss well.
  • Serve with Garlic cheese bread

GARLIC CHEESE BREAD
1/2 cup salted butter
3 cloves garlic
dash of white pepper
3/4 cup grated aged cheddar cheese
sourdough bread

  • Melt butter in a small sauce pan.
  • Mash garlic cloves.
  • Add garlic and cook until golden.
  • Add cheese, salt and pepper whisking until well blended.
  • Spread on sourdough bread.
  • Broil until golden.

NAVY BEAN & HAM SOUP with GARLIC CHEESE BISCUITS

According to Wisegeek, Navy beans are pea sized white beans which can be used in a variety of dishes. These very common beans are known by a variety of alternate names, including haricot beans, Boston beans, pea beans, and Yankee beans, and they are closely related to larger white beans such as Great Northern and cannelloni beans. Most markets carry navy beans, typically in both dried and canned form, and they are also very easy to grow in the garden, if you have a little bit of room.

The flavor of navy beans is fairly mild, and the texture of the beans tends to be fairly dense. The common name “navy bean” is a reference to the fact that the beans were once widely included among the staple supplies of the United States Navy, since dried beans do not go bad, and they provide an excellent source of nutrition. Many classic American bean dishes call for navy beans as a result, since they were so widespread and well known; Boston Baked Beans , for example, are made with navy beans. So of course I am now researching these recipes to replace my current BBQ Bean Dinner and get away from using canned products.

My recipe was developed from what I had on hand along with childhood memories of navy beans and ham hocks cooking on the stove. Min from the Bad Girl’s Kitchen recently ran a recipe for Ham & Bean soup that is most similar to what my family cooked when I was young. I developed this biscuit recipe after I fell in love with the Red Lobster’s cheddar biscuits.


NAVY BEAN & HAM SOUP

1 ham bone with meat on it
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 large carrots, chopped
1 large shallot, chopped
3-4 fresh thyme sprigs
cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Frank’s red pepper hot sauce
1/4 cup finely grated cheddar cheese

  • Soak the beans in room temperature water overnight.
  • Cover ham bone with water. Sprinkle generously with cayenne pepper, salt, thyme sprigs and black pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 hours or ham falls off the bone.
  • Strain the stock and separate into 2 separate 8 cup portions. Freeze 1 portion for your next batch of soup.
  • Return the stock to your pan and add the vegetables.
  • Bring to a boil. Add beans and ham pieces. Lower to a simmer for 2 hours.
  • Sprinkle with a few drops of Frank’s red pepper sauce and some grated cheese.
  • Serve with Garlic Cheddar Biscuits.

GARLIC CHEESE BISCUITS
2 cups biscuit baking mix
1 1/2 cups finely shredded Cheddar cheese
2/3 cup milk
1 clove finely minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons butter

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  • In a large bowl, combine baking mix, 1 1/4 cups of the Cheddar cheese, minced garlic and garlic powder.
  • Stir in milk.
  • Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • Brush biscuits with melted butter, and sprinkle with parsley, garlic salt and remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 5 more minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom.