Thursday, March 18, 2010

Apple Cheddar Brown Biscuits


You know those moments when you taste something incredible? Not just good food, but something that could quite possibly be the best version of a dish or an individual ingredient you’ve ever put in your mouth.

I had that experience this week and with something that was unexpected - sausage.

I wouldn’t say we eat a lot of sausage. Although, German sausage is in my top 5 of all time favorite meals, and I have to say a piece with waffles or an omelet can really complete a breakfast. However, it has been a long while since I’ve had any.

I’ve been steering clear of ordering meat out at restaurants and buying meat from the supermarket since the beginning of the year. It’s just a personal choice I’ve made. I want the meat I consume to come from grass-fed, pastured and humane (as possible) sources. The last time I tried to order sausage from the farm that has become our regular resource, they were all out. A restaurant had completely wiped them out of all their pork sausage. Bummer.

But a few weeks ago, I placed an order for eggs and Teresa let me know that there would be sausage available in a week, so I signed up and waited patiently. This week, I finally got around to trying it.

I took one nibble from the skillet after I browned it up and I knew. This is what sausage is supposed to taste like! Not greasy, not dry and overcooked, not so salty and seasoned that you can barely taste anything else. This was perfection.

The lack of fat, I’m sure, has to do with it being pastured meat. The seasoning, perhaps it was their processor, but somebody is doing something right. The meat was tender and that familiar sausage flavor was there, but mild and there was just a tiny bit of heat that lingered.

Seriously, I can’t believe I’m going on about sausage like this, but this is some good stuff.

Since I really don’t think it is a good idea to sit down to a bowl of sausage I needed something with which to eat this tasty meat. I love the way apple and cheddar cheese go together, so I thought why not put them in a biscuit.

However, you know me; it couldn’t be just a plain white biscuit, so I decided to combine white whole wheat flour and whole wheat flour for some lesser refined brown biscuits. The sausage pairs up with them nicely and I love the tiny bits of sweet apple I get among the salty flavors.

Next up? Bacon. I’m on the waiting list, though, so the anticipation will be building until May!

Apple Cheddar Brown Biscuits

1 cup white whole wheat flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp dried parsley
¼ tsp garlic powder
4 tbsp butter
¾ cup milk
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup apple, finely diced

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the flours, baking powder, salt, parsley and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into cubes and add to the bowl. Mix using a pastry blender until the butter is transformed into pea-sized pieces. Make a well in the center of the dry mix and add the milk. Stir to combine.

Add in the cheddar and apples and gently mix in. It is easier to use your hand for this. Place the dough on a floured surfaced and roll it out to about a 1 to 1 ½ inch thickness. Using a glass or biscuit cutter, cut into biscuits and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool to touch, slice open and place a sausage patty inside. Makes about 12, 2-inch biscuits. (Mine made 11, but I think they were slightly bigger than 2 inches.)


17 comments:

kat said...

Oh my gosh I totally know what you mean about the sausage. We've been grinding our own & then got some from Highview Pastures both are just so much better! Those biscuits are nothing to scoff at either.

Emily said...

Yum, all of that sounds SO good Lori! This would literally be a dream breakfast for a certain someone in my life ;)

TasteHongKong said...

The apple biscuits alone look great to me though I would love to try to pair it with the sausage.

Anna said...

Oh! Silly me, I thought you mixed the sausage in the biscuit batter, the biscuit sounds delicious, and about the sausage I'll definitely look for some farmer's selling delicious sausages around here.

Tangled Noodle said...

I have been so bowled over by the flavor of meats when I do buy them from local farmers - there are 3 or 4 standouts to whom I go for different things such as bacon, roasts, sausages, etc. Now, the only things missing are these awesome biscuits - sweet, cheesy, savory, all in one!

Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

I see Sausage Sundays making an appearance at the FFF HQ! :D

Fresh sausage, you can't beat it! Thankfully you are able to get yours from an outstanding local source, that makes it all the better.

A great idea for a breakfast sandwich! I made biscuits like that with cornmeal and did put the sausage in the batter. Very yummy! I like your incorporation of the apples though because apples and cheddar are a great combo.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What delicious flavors for a biscuit! They sound so yummy with that great sausage!

5 Star Foodie said...

The apple cheddar biscuits sound excellent and especially with the yummy sausage you describe! I am now officially hungry :)

Debinhawaii said...

Great flavor combination--it is making me drool! ;-)

I love the sausage I get at the farmer's market so much more than what you can buy at the store--it is amazing the difference in taste.

OysterCulture said...

Doesn't that just make your day when you discover something special and know you have it to look forward to. Have you ever tried making sausage? I've made a few versions but am gearing up to try some of the, shall we say more extensive varieties.

Joanne said...

Sausage is actually one of my favorite meats so I totally understand this revelation. The biscuits, I'm sure, added to the experience. They sound lovely.

Jessica {The Novice Chef} said...

This looks absolutely delicious!

Erica said...

I love the apple addition- how fabulous! I bet these are very tasty. Good for you (on the meat decision)!! Hope you're having a nice week thus far

Healthy. Happy. Well. said...

Love this! I will be making this for my friends! Thanks for sharing!

Sagan said...

I LOVE biscuits. Mmmmmm. Nothing quite like a freshly baked biscuit warm from the oven and smothered in butter. Plus apples with cheese is a great combo, so adding that into a biscuit sounds like a great idea!

Juliana said...

Wow, these biscuits sure look yummie, like the idea of apple and cheddar :-)

Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) said...

Those biscuits look like the perfect vehicle for enjoying your wonderful sausage.