Monday, May 12, 2014

queso fresco, bacon & black pepper biscuits


We're back in familiar territory.

The best things that come out of my kitchen are often happy accidents. I have some spinach and provolone hanging out in the fridge that need to be used up? We'll make bread. Some leftover berries and half a tub of ricotta? Sounds like cake to me.

That's how these biscuits came about. Some leftover bacon from making this pizza. Some queso fresco I had used to top a batch of chilaquiles. These were the makings of the lightest, fluffiest, most flavorful biscuits ever.

Queso Fresco, Bacon & Black Pepper Biscuits
yields 8-10 biscuits

you'll need:
2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for topping
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1 cup cold buttermilk
1/2 cup queso fresco, crumbled (mine had chopped jalapenos in it; if you like, add 1 seeded, diced jalapeno for flavor and spice!)
6 pieces of cooked bacon, chopped
1 egg, beaten, for wash

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Whisk flour and pepper together in a bowl. Add the butter pieces and work into the mixture with a pastry cutter or your hands until it's crumbly. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the buttermilk. Mix until just combined. Fold in the cheese and bacon.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. With floured hands, pat the dough to 1/2-inch thick. Use a floured biscuit cutter to cut the biscuits, gathering the scraps as needed. Place biscuits on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with beaten egg, then top with black pepper.

Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until turning golden brown on top. Brush melted butter on top of each biscuits immediately out of the oven. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving warm and falling in love.

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28 comments:

  1. Marie, these are gorgeous and I'm dying for one right now.They would last approximately 0 seconds in our house! I see biscuits in the very near future!

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    1. Thanks Maria! They lasted only about that long in ours, too ;)

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  2. Biscuits are the answer to everything! I love this combo. Going to make ASAP!

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    1. Thanks, dear -- you will love these!!

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  3. bacon and jalapenos in a buttermilk biscuit? I'm putting this on my 'to do' list.

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  4. Hi Marie, love what you added to this biscuits, great combination of flavors. They look delicious!

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  5. I think improvising, being able to whip something up with what you have on hand to feed yourself and your family is one of the best things about savory cooking. That said though, I don't think I'd be able to come up with something as good as these biscuits you did. Sounds like a real hit!

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  6. Yummmmmm I love EVERYTHING about these!! Great job!

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  7. These biscuits looks amazing ! It looks perfect for brunch's time !

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    1. Thank you! Yes, these are made for brunching!!

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  8. Well you know how I feel about biscuits.. These are killer!!!!

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  9. Left over bacon!!! Is there such a thing? LOL. These look and sound amazing, as usual.

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  10. Happy accidents are the best!! These biscuits are heaven!

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  11. These biscuits sound so very savory! I can't wait to try! Pinned

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    1. Thank you for the pin! Hope you love them as much as I do! :)

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  12. I love savoury snacks and I'm thinking that these would go down well with a nice cold beer. Thanks for sharing!

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