Biscuits are always a weakness for me. But making them at home has often been a challenge. In this recipe I use the basic ratios from the Joy of Cooking plus the folding technique I learned from Cooks Illustrared. They are laminated with butter and shaved parm. There is a hint of rosemary. You can enjoy these on their own but I wanted something more substantial. I used a thick sliced ham, nice tart apples, more shaved parm and topped it off with a drizzle of honey. Heavenly. I use a roll out biscuit method and then cut the pieces the size I want (rather than use a cookie cutter) so you could do teeny biscuit bites for a cute app or bigger portions for a meal. I served the larger side with a nice crisp green salad and a basic champagne garlic vinaigrette. —meganvt01
Parmesan Rosemary Biscuits
All purpose flour
Unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes (use the good stuff like kerrygold)
Extra buttermilk and parm shaves for topping
Slices of ham - your favorite - I like a thicker ham not too smokey
Preheat the oven to 425. In a food processor add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, Rosemary, and parm. Pulse about 10 times to combine. Add the butter and pulse an additional 5-6 times or until the mixture is pebbly. Dump this into a bowl. Add the buttermilk and mix with a wooden spoon until just barely combined.
Dump the mixed onto a lightly floured surface. With a rolling pin roll out the dough into a 6 inch by 10 inch square. Fold the dough in half once. Then once again. Repeat this process 2 more times. Try not to manipulate the dough too much with your hands. Work quickly - the goal is the create layers but keep it tender. After the 3 folding set - roll out the dough about 3/4 inch thick. Cut into your desired sizes. Place the dough on a cookie sheet. Brush the top with a bit of buttermilk and top with shaved parm. Bake for 10-12 minutes until flaky and golden brown.
Cool very slightly and split each biscuit - enjoy alone or top as below.
Using your biscuit as a sandwich base add ham, Apple, cheese and drizzle with honey. Good warm or at room temp.
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