Cheddar Onion Biscuits

When I make a one dish meal like stuffed peppers or chili, I always feel like some sort of bread is needed to complete the meal.  With a spicy meal, something with a little personality is the perfect compliment.  We ate these with white chili, the perfect taste of fall!

The best part about these biscuits is that you could substitute any cheese that you had around, as the original recipe calls for swiss, but I prefer cheddar. I recommend shredding the cheese yourself as your grater will shred the cheese thicker than the prepackaged shredded cheese.  The cheese will not disappear into melted oblivion this way!

The biscuits freeze well, just make sure the bag is airtight.  Using one of those sealing machines works great. 

Cheddar Onion Biscuits – adapted from Taste of Home

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cold butter
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 eggs
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, onion salt and baking soda.

2. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

3. Stir in the cheese and onions.

4. Combine eggs and buttermilk; stir into cheese mixture just until moistened. 

5. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until golden brown. 

Serve hot!

Yield: 2 dozen.

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Bread Machine: Useless wedding gift or not?

When registering for wedding presents, everyone told us that we had to register for this item or should never register for other items, we would never use them. Being someone that loves to cook and be in the kitchen, I should have registered for every kitchen gadget out there, I would have used it.
Instead, we registered for the basics. I am so glad to say that the only thing we registered for that does not see frequent use is the large, think 2 foot by 2.5 foot, wooden cutting board. While our kitchen is not small, to keep out a cutting board of that size would be slightly crazy. We stick to using our smaller plastic cutting boards and break out the big boy when we need to carve a turkey.
One gift we did not register for was a bread machine. My sister recieved one at her wedding and used it only rarely. My mother has one that sees the light of day ummmm never. My MIL uses her’s about once a month.  Shortly after our wedding, I was at a huge benefit yard sale that raises over $30,000 for mission groups. There was a brand new bread machine in the box with the stickers still on the front and manual inside. The price? $5
I snatched it up, shoved it under my arm and ran. Like the wind. I decided that if I ended up not using it, it would be a wasted $5, not a wasted $40. I was at first a weeny to try my own breads and used boxed mixes. They were okay, but nothing great like my mom’s and my MIL homemade bread.
Last week I decided to make some sweet yeasty rolls from the bread maker. I was not sure that they would be really good since I am use to good rolls coming from the labor of your hands. But I am now a believer. I scoured Allrecipes, one of my go to recipe spots. I found a simple recipe that I hoped would not dissappoint.

 

It did not.

If you have a breadmachine, I highly recommend trying this simple roll recipe. It is the perfect roll for a Sunday dinner and makes enough to have for a while. That is unless your dog eats 8 of them. Good thing he left the plastic wrap. Damn dog. I don’t kid. Kate, I believe we just discussed all that dogs eat?! Add three day old rolls to the list.
The recipe could be altered in several ways, adding more sugar or honey to sweeten the dough, adding garlic, oregano and basil topped with some parm for an Italian meal