In the South, there are biscuits and then there are biscuits. Some you serve alongside barbecue or at breakfast with your grits and eggs. Others are meant to appear in a basket draped in a cloth napkin to accompany finely roasted meats at holiday dinner parties where they will be used to sop up braises or receive a pat of honey-butter.
However, in none of these cases should a biscuit come out of a can and presented as homemade. There is a time and place for Pillsbury place and bake, especially if you doctor them up. But with biscuits, you must pick that time and place carefully.
Don't panic though. Baking biscuits is not as hard as you'd imagine. It's not as if you're baking a baguette! Whether you prefer drop biscuits, flaky biscuits, or truly Southern biscuits, here are 15 recipes to prove to yourself that you can make biscuits just as well as your great aunt Violet.
1. Herbed Cottage Cheese Biscuits
Cottage cheese in a biscuit? Yep, you heard it here first. Of the eight ingredients in this recipe, you'll notice that the dry ingredients list has a familiar of cast of characters like all-purpose flour and baking powder.
However, when you add cold cut butter and cottage cheese to the mix, it creates some of the best biscuits you've ever had. Get the recipe here.
2. Cream Biscuits
Soft and subtle, these homemade biscuits are screaming to accompany your tea, dinner, or breakfast. Basically, they're appropriate to bring to the table anytime.
And who needs a table for biscuits? These are the perfect blank slates for a tailgating cookout. Simply pack breakfast materials, and you've got a DIY breakfast sandwich bar. Get the recipe here.
3. Cheesy Bacon Biscuits
This cheese and bacon melange on a biscuit is a meal in itself. Just add a fork. While this recipe cuts corners and uses pre-made biscuits, you can choose to use your own favorite biscuit recipe straight from your recipe box.
However, if you want to cut corners, then this is perfect as is. Get the great recipe here.
4. Honey Buttermilk Biscuits
Sweet, tender, golden brown and slightly crispy, you may not even need to add toppings to these delectable bites. If you've ever wanted to recreate your favorite Whataburger breakfast base in your home, this is one of the closest recipes you'll find.
Grab your biscuit cutter and your trusty baking sheet because this biscuits will be requested all year long. Get the recipe here.
5. Sweet Potato Biscuits
Incorporate the taste of fall directly into your biscuit by adding a sweet potato to the mix. Due to the sweet potato mixture, this recipe is wetter than your regular biscuit recipes so what they sacrifice in height, they make up for in flavor.
6. Saffron Honey Biscuits
Bridge cultural gaps and give your guests something to guess about by adding saffron to your biscuit dough. Plus, the resulting color will be eye-catching on any plate.
Saffron isn't a traditional ingredient in America when it comes to home cooking, though you can find it in most larger supermarkets and those that specialize in natural ingredients. Get the recipe here.
7. Honey + Herb Biscuits
Fragrant with rosemary and thyme, these biscuits will replace plain ol' dinner rolls for probably every future family gathering you host.
When it comes to flavorful biscuits and easy recipes, you can't find one more perfect than this. Get the recipe here.
8. Double Cheese + Bacon + Egg Biscuits
These biscuits also start pre-packaged, but you can of course swap in your own. From there, simply fill your biscuits with all the ingredients that would accompany them on the plate anyway.
This recipe will quickly become one of your favorite recipes for breakfast because you can easily prep a batch on Sunday for the week to reheat. Sometimes a good biscuit isn't defined by how it's made, but what's inside of it. Get the recipe here.
9. Garlic Cheddar Biscuits
The recipe promises these will taste just like the ones you get at Red Lobster, so grab your baking sheet and try it out. Again, you can sub in your own biscuit recipe for it, though biscuit mix in this case means you get cheesy deliciousness in your mouth in record time.
The best part? You don't even need a floured surface (not even a lightly floured surface!) or pastry blender. All you need is a large mixing bowl and a spatula. Get the recipe here.
10. Cinnamon Biscuits
Craving cinnamon rolls, but don't have the time to make them from scratch? Here's your solution, and it comes in biscuit form. And hey, when you knead dough, feel free to get out some frustration in the process.
Now this is a real biscuit recipe, however instead of the cookie sheet method, you're using a round baking pan to ensure the cinnamon rolls bake into fluffy and delicious perfection. No need to cut any biscuits traditionally here, simply roll and slice. Get the recipe here.
11. Biscuit Fritters
Technically these biscuits come out of a package. But then you get the task of doctoring them up into sweet, sweet perfection.
Get the recipe here.
12. Buttermilk Biscuits
Even if you're not from the South and don't know how to judge the quality of a biscuit just by looking, this recipe is foolproof. In other words, you don't need to be an expert for these to be perfect.
Get the recipe here.
13. Mozzarella Bubble Biscuits
Warm biscuits with ooey, gooey centers and a dash of pizza flavor. It's a bit like pizza kolaches if you think about it.
A bubble biscuit is traditionally a small biscuit, but these don't skimp on flavor in the least! Get the recipe here.
14. Sour Cream Biscuits
Tender and flaky, these biscuits will become a staple in your kitchen.
This fantastic tutorial is so easy to follow along, you might even feel inspired to tackle quick bread or pie crust next. Get the recipe here.
15. Strawberry + Cream Biscuits
Why put strawberries and cream on the biscuit when you can put them inside?! This might become the base for your next strawberry shortcake.
Or, if you're looking for more holiday-focused uses, your valentine will surely appreciate the touches of red inside these beauties. Get the recipe here.