Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bootleg Cheddar Bay Biscuits

     Red Lobster is one of those restaurants I like despite the fact I should know better. You just can't say no to unlimited shrimp or crab legs. One of my fondest memories is going to Red Lobster with The Wife and watching her eat crab legs. She would just bend the legs until BANG! Crab meat on the table. Crab meat on the wall. Crab meat in her hair. Crab meat on my glasses.
It was similar to this, but with crab meat.
Truly, it was inspiring. Naturally, any trip to Red Lobster would be punctuated by cramming as many Cheddar Bay Biscuits into our bodies as was possible. Then we'd ask for a bunch extra and a to-go box. If we didn't leave with a dozen biscuits, we weren't trying hard enough. Eventually, I figured I should just figure out how to make them myself and save the trip and inevitable hammersmash of crab meat. I searched the interwebs and found a couple recipes (the main biscuit recipe and a Biscuit knockoff) that I combined and modified into what we feel is a damned close approximation of the Cheddar Bay Biscuit. Don't eat these right away. Give them about an hour for the butter to settle in. Then pop one in the microwave one for about 30 seconds and tell me it's not the real deal. As always, changes and notes are in blue.

Bootleg Cheddar Bay Biscuits
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup solid bacon grease (every home-made Biscuit recipe I saw said to use shortening. I used bacon grease because I felt it would add a nice flavor. Also, it's all I had on hand. I'm not making a special trip for shortening) 
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese
For Brushing on Top
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C, Gasmark 6)
  2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl (generally you are instructed to sift these items into the bowl, to which I say, "bite me.")
  3. Cut in bacon grease until mixture starts to make large crumbs.
  4. Add milk, cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Mix until combined (I used the Kitchenaid for a few seconds. Don't overdo the mixing, though)
  5. Drop 1/4 cup portions (I just used an ice cream scoop) of the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 15-17 minutes or until tops of the biscuits turn light brown.
  6. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and salt.  When the biscuits come out of the oven, brush the butter mixture over the tops (use it all. To not use all this mixture would be a mortal sin).
Good times!


  1. I've never tried these biscuits from Red Lobster before. Sounds good though. Pinned.

  2. As always, an incredibly fun read! ♥ I have sought to create with perfect RL biscuit without a huge amount of success, so I will be trying this one! Thank you for perfecting an at-home version, and for sharing them with us at Treasure Box Tuesday (um, we're gonna need a few extra and a take out box). PINNED! :)