One of my favorite Saturday morning breakfasts was Drop Biscuits topped with butter and some concord grape jelly. My parent’s would bust out the box of Bisquick and have drop biscuits ready for use to devour by the time we got dressed and downstairs. Yes. it took me 20 minutes to crawl out of bed. I’m not a morning person!
I always thought as a child Bisquick was some magical box that would make all these great things and it couldn’t be replicated. But when I realized just how easy it is to put together a from-scratch drop biscuit recipe, buying a box of this secret powder doesn’t make much sense to me anymore. Although the wife would argue nothing beats Bisquick. So, sometimes you really can’t argue with that…
These Homemade Drop Biscuits are pretty versatile, and go great one the side of a chicken dinner, maybe topped with cheese and a sunny-side up egg for breakfast, or my childhood favorite, with melted butter and some grape jam! They’re so buttery, and flaky they just melt in your mouth with a little crunch from the browned tops of the biscuit.
One thing I’ve noticed about a lot of drop biscuit recipes that I’ve seen is the amount of salt used in them. I don’t know if this is a southern thing or what, but to me they’re almost inedible with the amount of salt that is used. I use just enough to give them some flavor, but not to overwhelm the biscuit. There’s plenty of salt going on in whatever you’re going to serve it with, so no point in adding more unneeded sodium.
Like any good biscuit or pie dough you want to cut cold butter into your flour mix. It will make your life easier to use a dough cutter, otherwise get ready to put some muscle into it and use a fork! But using a dough cutter really is going to help save some time, and make sure you get a nice even blend of butter cut into the flour.
This is a great base biscuit dough, don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild with what you want to through into it: cheese, fruit, bacon, whatever! You can also add about 1 tbsp of sugar to this and turn this into a shortcake substitute for strawberry shortcake.