Ham & Cheese Biscuits

ham & cheese biscuits / a thousand threads
I have an obsession with ham. Well, okay maybe it’s all pork products, but especially ham. I suppose you can blame it on the fact that I’ve been a terrible vegetarian for about five years. I say terrible because while I’m a “vegetarian,” I have one or two (or five) exceptions to the rule.

Most of the time, if I want to eat meat I’ll go local and ethical (grass fed, hormone free… all of that good stuff) — that solves my problem. But then… I’ll also occasionally eat fish, and anything south of scallop might as well be considered a vegetable.

And really, in the end, if I’m anywhere near an In & Out, Shake Shack, or at home in Oregon (Luigi’s and City Subs, I’m lookin’ at you…) you can forget the whole deal. Fly me a cow from Australia and pump me full of hormones, I couldn’t care less.

I’m still making a difference by being a 75 percent vegetarian, right?

ham & cheese biscuits / a thousand threads
So ham. I love ham… and I almost never seem to have it. Because meat is still a relatively rare occasion in our house, when it does come around it tends to be of the redder variety (who doesn’t love a good steak?). Ham is always kind of an afterthought… but there really is nothing like a good old fashioned ham and cheese sandwich. Add a crispy flaky biscuit crust and that’s it… I die.
Really — I don’t even know where to start with these biscuits except to say that they are really, seriously good.

(… also that I’ve been eating them for breakfast every day this week… 60 percent vegetarian? Does that still count?)

ham & cheese biscuits / a thousand threads
Ham & Cheese Biscuits
Adapted from The Newlywed Kitchen

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup packed shredded sharp cheddar
1 cup diced ham
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (or fresh chives if you’re not big on dill)
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons whole milk

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the cheddar, ham, and dill, and stir in the buttermilk until just combined. (Take care not to overmix, or your biscuits will be tough.)

3. In a small bowl, add the egg yolk and milk and whisk to combine.

4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat into a rectangle about 1½ inches thick. Cut 8 biscuits with a floured 2½-inch biscuit cutter (or a glass of about the same diameter, turned upside down) and place on a parchment- or Silpat-lined baking sheet. The dough will be super dry, but don’t worry… as long as you can keep it together, your biscuits will turn out beautifully. If you can’t, add a little extra buttermilk.

5. Lightly brush the top of each biscuit with a bit of the beaten egg yolk mixture.

6. Bake the biscuits for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Enjoy them when they’re hot out of the oven.

11 Comments

  1. Posted April 25, 2013 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Laicie, I swear your blog is making me fat!! These biscuits look amazing!

    • Laicie
      Posted April 25, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      Haha me too!! Thanks Gloria. ;)

  2. Posted April 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    BISCUITS!!! I’ve been talking about them almost every morning, telling John they’re all I’m going to eat for breakfast during our roadtrip this summer–but it’s time to try my hand at these babies NOW!

    • Laicie
      Posted April 30, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      I LOVE biscuits — I’m such a sucker for carbs. Can’t wait to hear all about this roadtrip!!

  3. Posted April 26, 2013 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    nice! looks good!

  4. Posted April 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Wow, these look amazing! I, too, love pork products. Bacon is my weakness. These look like a great breakfast idea and your pictures are beautiful!

    • Laicie
      Posted April 30, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      Thank you Sara!! I’m with you on the bacon… it’s a vegetarian’s kryptonite. :)

  5. Posted April 27, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Ha! I’m loving that you are 75% vegetarian b/c that’s exactly how I describe myself too. These look amazing – and definitely worth the splurge :)

    • Laicie
      Posted April 30, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      Haha I love it!! I really do try not to eat meat most of the time… but it’s sooo good. ;)

  6. Posted May 7, 2013 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I’m a vegeterian too but anything pork is my weakness. I try to keep it to organic & sustainable but sometimes I can’t help myself! Good to know I’m not the only one! Found you via the Everygirl

    • Laicie
      Posted May 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

      So glad you did!! It’s good to hear I’m not alone! Here’s to all of the almost-vegetarians that I’m sure there have to be out there. We can’t be the only ones? xo

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