Buttermilk

Sausage, Cheddar, and Chive Biscuit Bread

March  5, 2015
Photo by Bobbi Lin
Author Notes

Call me Southern, but I do love a good sausage biscuit. What's just as good as a sausage-and-cheese biscuit is this recipe for sausage, cheddar, and chive biscuit bread. Each bite is packed with cheesy, chivy, sausage-y (I'm inventing words here) biscuit-rich perfection. It's super easy to make, too, and a savory alternative to your brunch classics. —Mary Catherine Tee

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is the ultimate in absolute comfort food. While very simple to prepare, the end result is warm, soft, and flavorful. I wish the recipe had provided me more details as to how to cut the sausage so it would sit well in the bread. Additionally, while my bread browned on the outside, the inside was still a little soft—I probably should have left it in for a bit longer. However, this would make an excellent addition to any brunch party as it hits both breakfast- and lunch-type flavors. I would absolutely make this again. —Sami Simon

  • Serves 8
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces bulk breakfast sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Brown breakfast sausage over medium heat until cooked through, making sure to crumble as it's cooking. Once done, transfer sausage to a paper towel-lined plate to drain some of the fat. You don't want all that fat to weigh down the dough.
  3. Meanwhile, if you haven't done so already, chop the chives and shred the cheese.
  4. Sift flour, sugar, pepper, and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Cut the chilled butter cubes into the dough using your fingers, a fork, or a pastry cutter until the butter is about the size of peas.
  5. Stir in the buttermilk. Once well-stirred, stir in the half-and-half. The dough will resemble cottage cheese more than it does bread dough, but keep the faith, people. Keep the faith!
  6. Fold in the sausage, cheese, and chives, being sure not to over-mix. Once everything is slightly incorporated, transfer mixture to a buttered loaf pan.
  7. Cook at 375° F for 40 minutes or until the top is nice and browned and the inside is cooked (the toothpick test works just fine here).

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