Monday, May 26, 2008

A twist on the sausage biscuit

Recipe name: Sausage biscuits
source: no idea
servings: 6-8
Cookbook date: April 8
Date prepared: May 13
1/2 lb pork breakfast sausage
1 1/2 cups baking mix
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, break up sausage and cook over medium heat until thoroughly cooked. Drain on paper towels. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix baking mix, cheese and sausage until well distributed. In a separate small bowl, beat together egg, milk and salt and pepper. Add to baking mixture and blend until mix forms a ball. Shape into 24 balls, using about 1 tbsp of dough for each. place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until browned and cooked through. Serve immediately.
Well, as you can tell by the picture, these biscuits won't be winning any beauty contests. This is partially my fault, in hind-sight. I was much too hasty in scooping out and shaping the dough (ok, full confession...I didn't shape the dough at all!). This was a mistake and one that I will change for the future. Also, this recipe only yielded 12 biscuits, not 24 as promised.
Tim (the husband) didn't like the taste, and I only liked them ok. As it is, I feel that the sausage completely overwhelms the biscuit; more subtlety of flavor would be appreciated by yours truly. In an attempt to take the sausage taste down a notch, I dug around for something sweet to put on the biscuit. I tried honey first, with disappointing results. Then I found some pear preserves and was quite pleased with the taste!
I'm going to keep the recipe, but not without some significant recipe adjustments. Here's what I'll do next time: double all the ingredients except for the sausage and the cheese. Increase the cheese by 1/4 cup. Leave the sausage as is. These will go great with fried eggs and some fresh fruit.

expense: ****

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