It’s that time again for the good old holidays. This time of year evokes images of generations of family gathered around the table, carving out the roast beast for the family to indulge upon, joining together in harmony to sing Fah who for-aze, Dah who dor-aze in unison…welcoming in Christmas in a way that would melt even a heart that is two times too small.
Ok, so maybe that is a bit over the top, unless you live in Whoville that is. But, Thanksgiving is nonetheless a time for families to come together, over-indulge and slip off into a wine doused, turkey induced coma in front of a fine game of football.
It is my favorite of the holidays, and while I have my favorite staple menu items, I am always on the lookout for a new, spicy little accoutrement to add to the feast repertoire. This year, this is the recipe that caught my eye because, let’s face it, what meal is ever really complete without the addition of a hearty helping of bacon?!
So, here you have the perfect little recipe….the ultimate in savory sweet delicacies. Think along the lines of the bacon donut, only in reverse. I mean, bacon juxtaposed with maple butter?! Yeah, sign me up please. Give this one a whirl, serve it up to your bustling table, and sit back with delight and watch as your family strikes up a chorus singing your praises. Sweet success.
Bacon, Cheddar and Chive Buscuits with Whipped Maple Butter
- Preheat the oven to 400º
- In a large bowl, blend together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add in the cold butter and toss the butter in the flour. Using your finger tips quickly cut and rub the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles pea-size pieces. I recommend using your hands for best results but do not overwork. Add the bacon, cheddar and chives and mix together.
- Pour in the buttermilk. Using a fork, mix everything until it just comes together. Lightly dust a bread board with flour. Turn the dough out, lightly dust the top with flour, and gently knead the mass until it comes together.
- Using your hands, flatten the dough out into a rectangle one-inch thick. Cut into twelve pieces.
- Transfer each biscuit to a non-stick baking sheet. Mix the garlic powder into the melted butter. Lightly brush on to each biscuit. The closer you have them together, the softer they will be. Bake for 10-15 minutes until they are lightly golden brown around the edges (serve hot out of the oven).
- Combine softened butter, salt and maple syrup in a large bowl and whisk together. Scrape into a ramekin and cool in refrigerator. Serve with warm biscuits.