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Chorizo and cheddar biscuits in a skillet
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Chorizo and Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

These Chorizo and Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits are a spicy upgrade! The flaky biscuits feature spicy vegetarian chorizo crumbles and sharp cheddar cheese.  Making these little biscuits perfect for breakfast, lunch and even a delectable side dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheddar Cheese, Chipotle, Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits
Servings: 8 Biscuits
Author: Erin Cernich

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (plus more for dusting) all-purpose flour spoon and level to measure
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 3/4 cup (plus 1 tablespoon for brushing) cold buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 cup Morningstsar Farms Chorizo Crumbles
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450F degrees and adjust the oven rack to the middle position.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.  You can also use a cast iron skillet to bake the biscuits. 
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Using a wooden spoon, stir to combine and set aside.
  • Using a box cheese grater, grate the butter onto a piece of parchment paper.  If you have a small piece remaining that is too small to grate (don't grate your fingers!), use a knife to cut into small pieces.  
  • Add the butter, Chorizo crumbles, and grated cheese to the flour mixture and mix until just combined. The mixture will resemble coarse crumbs. Note: using a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour will also work.  
  • Add the buttermilk and honey.  Mix the dough gently until all ingredients are just combined. Don't overwork the dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and using your hands, gently work the dough together and form into a rough rectangle.  If the dough is sticky, lightly flour the top of the dough.  
  • Once the dough has come together, fold the dough in half and with your hands, gently flatten the layers.  Rotate the dough 90 degrees and fold in half again, gently flattening the layers again.  Repeat this step 5 more times.   Keep the surface lightly floured as needed to avoid the dough sticking to your work surface.  This process is called laminating the dough which gives you all the flaky layers.
  • Using your hands, gently flatten the dough to 1/2 inch thick.  Lightly flour a 3-inch biscuit cutter.   Starting in one of the corners of the dough, gently press the biscuit cutter straight down.  Repeat, making close cuts to get as many biscuits as you can before having to re-work the dough.  Place the biscuits next to each other, so they are touching, on the prepared baking sheet.  
  • Re-work any leftover dough following the folding and flattening technique above - until you get about 6 - 8 biscuits.  Do not re-work the dough more than twice, otherwise, you will get a tough biscuit.
  • With a pastry brush, brush the reserved buttermilk on top of each biscuit.  Place the biscuits on the baking pan so they are just touching.  
  • Bake the biscuits until the tops are golden brown, about 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and serve warm. You can also brush on some melted butter before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Making your own buttermilk is easy and a great option if you don't want to have extra buttermilk sitting in your fridge.  The recipe is 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar or lemon juice for every 1 cup of milk.  Whole milk or 2% work best.  Stir and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before using.    
  2. Butter is, by far, the most important ingredient in this recipe, and it needs to be VERY cold before using.   I even go so far as to just keep sticks of butter in the freezer for recipes that need very cold butter.
  3. Grating the frozen butter on a cheese box grater is a great way to get small pieces of butter evenly incorporated into your dough, without having to over-handle the butter.   A pastry cutter will work as well, just cut the butter into tablespoons before using.
  4. Don't let the honey scare you!  This recipe still makes a light and savory biscuit.  The honey balances the butter and salt to give you a well-rounded flavor.  Most biscuit recipes call for sugar, and honey is a nice alternative.
  5. When preparing your dough, I do not use a rolling pin because I don't want to over-work the dough or melt the small butter pieces in the dough.  The folding and flattening technique is an easy alternative and it gives you more control of the dough and its thickness.
  6. For the dough thickness, before you cut out the biscuits, I always aim for 1/2 inch thick.  This will give you a nice, tall biscuit.
  7. Place the biscuits so they are just touching each other on the baking sheet.  This helps them to rise.
  8. For this recipe, I used a cast iron skillet.  The cast iron will bake nice and crusty bottoms on the biscuits.