Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits

12 Nov

I know it has already passed, but I feel I must reflect on my history of Halloweens. I have had some pretty damn great Halloweens. Ones where my parents would take me trick or treating in my grandparents’ neighbourhood. I’d return to their house and bask over my loot alongside my big brother while the adults did….well….adult things. To be honest I don’t know what they did. Heck, I was too busy counting O’Henry bars to notice. I was a clown once. A beauty queen. Batman.

Then there were the awkward Halloween years where I dressed up in gory costumes, wore a scream mask one year (Big mistake. You can’t see &$*% out of the eyeholes), went to my first halloween party dressed as a devil (not realizing that it wasn’t a Halloween party but was in fact a “dress provocatively but wear car ears” party) Embarrassing? Yep.

The trick or treating stopped…then last year I went as Elaine Benes whom I resembled to a tee, but nobody knew who I was unless I did the dance.

This year, however, seemed to make up for the slow decline of my Halloweens.

It involved a big sweater, a front porch, lots and lots of cool beer, a hot bowl of crazy good chili, some cornmeal buttermilk biscuits, and some Nerf guns.

Ok ok, I guess I’ll have to explain:

I went over to my chef and her husband’s house. We sat on the porch; I wore a giant sweater. We ate chili that Beth made (it was killer) and sampled a variety pack of beer. I brought the biscuits. I was in charge of handing out the candy; Beth and Clayton were in charge of having a Nerf gun fight. I may or may not have shot Clayton in the eye with a Nerf rifle. I may or may not feel bad about that.

See? Amazing halloween. Amazing cornmeal buttermilk biscuits. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to accompany the chili with cornbread or buttermilk biscuits, so I put them together! So great.

I sprinkled the tops with Beemster cheese and baked them in my square muffin tin just for the heck of it. I’ve come to the conclusion that square quick breads don’t look that good. Take note.

Cornmeal Drop Biscuits

1 cup flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
pinch salt
1/4 cup butter, chilled and cut into bits
1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt (I used greek yogurt)
1/4 cup milk

*grated cheese of your choice for sprinkling on top, if you so desire. I totally desired.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and blend with a pastry cutter, whisk, fork or your fingers until the mixture is well blended and crumbly. Add the sour cream and milk and stir just until you have a soft dough. Drop the dough in large spoonfuls or shape into rough biscuits with your hands and place on a baking sheet. Or, you can do like I did and pop them in a muffin tin!

Bake for 15ish minutes, until the biscuits are golden.

One Response to “Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits”

  1. Clayton November 12, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    My eye may or may not still hurt.

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