Nothing like breakfast for dinner. Brinner? I hate that term but I love the execution. Since we had a smidgen of breakfast sausage leftover from our event with Crimson Cup, we decided to whip up some biscuits and (chicken) sausage gravy. The ultimate comfort food. The Beard has a gravy recipe down pat (which we’ll share at a later date) and I’m usually the one to tackle the biscuits. Today, we switched it up and he decided to be in charge of the biscuits and man oh man were they delicious.
I typically go with a simple biscuit recipe from my Joy of Cooking cookbook that calls for a bit of sugar to make them flaky and a little sweet. The Beard threw that out the window and decided to make some savory biscuits with shredded Jarlsberg cheese, fresh thyme and buttermilk. Perfect to go with a creamy chicken sausage gravy. I know that technically speaking baking needs to be precise and without any adjustment but we don’t really like to follow rules here and we don’t think you should have to either. We used Jarlsberg cheese which is a holey cheese from Norway that is slightly nutty and melts beautifully. You can absolutely switch up the cheese and herbs you use, perhaps a nice cheddar with some garlic and chives.
One of the most important tips when it comes to baking homemade biscuits is to have cold aka freezing butter. You should freeze it before you chop it and then freeze it again until you are ready to use it. Once you start mixing up all your ingredients, use your hands. Trust me, your biscuits will thank you. Mixing by hand will help you get those pea sized balls and you definitely won’t overmix your dough. Also, getting messy in the kitchen makes your food taste better. It’s a proven fact.
Once you pull these fluffy little biscuits out of the oven, toss some of that extra shredded cheese on top for an extra little melted layer of goodness. You can serve these with the aforementioned gravy or slice them up and layer on your favorite sandwich toppings. If you need a little breakfast sandwich inspiration, here ya go!
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled butter, diced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme,chopped
- 1 cup Jarlsberg cheese, shredded
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- Dice butter and chill in freezer.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Sift flour, baking powder and salt into large bowl and mix well.
- Add diced butter and mix with hands until there are pebble sized balls of butter.
- Add shredded cheese and thyme then whisk together until mixed well and evenly distributed.
- Add buttermilk and use a fork to mix until ingredients are combined to a sticky dough. Careful not to overmix.
- Drop 1/4 cup sized balls of dough on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes on top shelf of oven until the edges are brown.
- Pull out of the oven and top with additional shredded cheese or just dig in and enjoy!