Between the snow that fell last night and the continuing frigid temperatures, I declared today a personal snow day.
For me, snow days usually include making something in the kitchen and after looking through the cupboards and fridge I decided today’s project would be smoked cheddar and green onion biscuits. I say project, but really this is a simple recipe that takes just a few minutes to pull together.
Smoked old cheddar is one of my favorite favorite cheeses, so I often have a chunk in my fridge, but if you don’t have it or don’t like the smokiness, you can use cheddar, gouda, swiss or any other hard cheese you like. I love cheese and green onion together, but you can leave them out if you don’t like them — or add even more if you do!
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes plus 1 Tbsp butter melted
- 1 1/2 cups smoked cheddar, grated
- 3 green onions, sliced
- 3/4 cup 2% milk
- 1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
Add the cold butter and use a pastry cutter if you have one to break up the butter and mix it in. If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can use your hands – just toss the butter and the flour so that the butter is coated in flour, then use your fingertips to press the butter into the flour, breaking it up until the butter is in smaller, pea-size chunks.
Add the grated cheese and green onions and stir into the flour/butter mixture until it’s evenly distributed. Form a well in the center.
Whisk the milk and egg together and pour into the well. Use a fork to stir the wet ingredients into the dry until it forms a dough, being careful not to overmix. If there is some flour that hasn’t mixed in, use your hand to bring it altogether.
Turn the mixture out onto a piece of parchment on a baking sheet and gently push it together to form a square approximately 1″ thick.
At this point, you can use cookie cutters to cut circles or other shapes, but I usually just cut the dough into 12 equal size squares. Gently pull the squares apart and space them out so there is about one inch of space surrounding each biscuit. They’re going to grow as they bake so they need a little room.
Brush the tops of the biscuits with the 1 Tbsp of melted butter and then place in the preheated oven. Bake for 10 minutes, turn the tray and bake another 10 to 15 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.