Thursday, December 27, 2012

basil pesto biscuits

when it comes to sitting down to a good meal, i always like to have some kind of bread component to complement whatever it is i'm eating. it just makes the meal that much better, right?

these pesto biscuits would be a great sidekick for lots of different meals - a green salad, a bowl of spaghetti, or a simple chicken dish. pesto gives them a super moist texture and awesome flavor. and a little melted butter on top never hurt, either. :)

basil pesto biscuits (adapted from how sweet eats)
makes about 16 biscuits

you'll need:
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cups cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup basil pesto (or whatever variety you have/prefer!)
1-2 tablespoons melted butter

preheat oven to 425F.

in a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pepper. using your hands, a fork, or a pastry cutter, cut in butter until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. stir in buttermilk and pesto with a spoon until it just comes together - don't over mix! you may need to use your hands to bring the dough into one mass.

using your hands (wet hands prevent sticking), roll dough into balls about 1-1 1/2 inches thick and place on a lined baking sheet. press dough balls down slightly on the baking sheet. (i got 16 biscuits out of this recipe, and used 2 baking sheets.) brush each biscuit with melted butter to help brown in the oven.

bake 12-15 minutes, or until biscuits are beginning to lightly brown on top.

that's it! serve with whatever you like, or just gobble them up all on their own. :)


  1. oooh... I like the mix of pesto in biscuit! They look really good. A handful of grated cheddar would make this over the top ;-)

    <3 Jayne

    1. Ohhh, I like the way you think! A handful of cheddar makes just about everything better, doesn't it?! :)

  2. I think we inhabit the same head-space when it comes to bread... too much is barely enough. I love these. It would definitely be basil pesto in our house, we consume forests of the stuff.

    1. amen, amen. we do too - this is one recipe i could make at any given moment at our house!

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