Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Taking on Red Lobster

My daughter used to love eating at Red Lobster. She may still love eating at Red Lobster but who has money for eating out anymore? Anyway, being a bread kinda gal (even when she was small, if given the choice between a cookie and piece of good bread, she'd go for the bread), she took it upon herself to replicate the recipe for the biscuits they serve with their meals. (This was years ago, and also years ago since I've personally eaten at a Red Lobster so I don't even know if these biscuits are currently being served.) No matter. I've got the recipe she worked up and with her blessings am going to share it with you.

Dear Husband has a friend over today helping him with a project in the garage, and I wanted a nice lunch for the guys so they could remain big and strong and work through the afternoon. I defrosted some thick, hearty lentil soup with spicy sausage I had in the freezer (that wasn't too hard) and made some Garlic Cheese Biscuits (Red Lobster knock-offs) to go with the soup. Plopped a bowl of my dill pickles on the table and we were good to go.


2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup grated yellow cheddar cheese
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup milk

Combine the first four ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is uniformly crumbly.

Add the grated cheese, minced garlic and garlic powder. Then mix in milk. Stir just until mixed thoroughly. Batter will be very stiff. (Try not to over-work it.)

With your hands, form patties (a good inch thick) like you would hamburgers. Place on greased cookie sheet. (Chicken Mama makes 8 big biscuits but I prefer mine a little smaller. I got 11 out of this batch but if I had been more careful about uniformity in size, I could have gotten 12 with no problem.)

Bake at 425° for 20 minutes.

Go ahead. Take a bite. They're yummy!


Jennifer Jo said...

Those look very good---light and fluffy. I can practically taste them.

MaineCelt said...

I'll leave the cheese out of mine, but otherwise these biscuits do indeed look yummy! Actually, as much as I love biscuits, I was more drawn to your mention of the pickles... maybe because I'm just back from the church pancake supper
(for Mardi Gras) and I'm stuffed full of sausage and pancakes!

Holly Days Closet said...

Thanks for sharing I'm going to be trying them out.

Erin said...


beth said...

oooh! those DO look good! sounds like a yummy lunch!

Mama Pea said...

Hi, JJ - They were still good for breakfast with our eggs this morning!

Hey, MaineCelt - I know what you mean . . . after sweet stuff like a pancake supper, you just kinda want something crispy and salty.

Hi, Holly - Hope you like them when you try 'em.

Erin and Beth - Thanks for the "yums!" :o)

RuthieJ said...

I love those Red Lobster biscuits and yours like almost identical Mama Pea! Thanks for sharing that recipe.

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Ruthie - Chicken Mama gets all the credit for the biscuits . . . she's the one who duplicated the recipe!