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
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. :)