Monday, August 16, 2010

Variation on a Theme: Cheddar Cayenne Chives Biscuits

"Variety is the spice of life" - American Saying

How true this is. While visiting Texas for a friend's wedding, I tasted some spicy cheese biscuits at a restaurant. When I got home, after a brief perusal of, I pulled on my apron and headed to the kitchen. The result was this tangy cheese biscuit recipe:

Makes: about 55 biscuits

You will need:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives (dried work just as well)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 cups rice crispy cereal
 In a large bowl, mix butter and cheese until well blended. Stir in flour, chives, cayenne, paprika and garlic powder until thoroughly mixed. Stir in cereal. Divide into 4 parts, and roll each part into 6" logs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Unwrap the logs and cut into slices about 1/2 to 1 inch thick. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are crispy and very slightly brown.

Not spicy enough? adjust the amount of spice you put in accordingly. (As I found out, Texans love their food on the spicy side :-))


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