From the kitchen of: Southern Biscuit and Pearly Squirrely Makes: 24 biscuits
Total time: 15 min to prep, 10-12 min to bake
I was first introduced to these Southern Biscuits during our trip to Ohio a few weeks ago for a wedding. I fortunately had a chance to talk and mingle with the bride and groom’s family. I was speaking to the groom’s grandmother, Pearly Squirrely, and the discussion of biscuits came about. Pearly Squirrely lives in Charleston, WV, a throw stone’s away from the infamous Biscuit World. She told me about her own recipe for pepperoni biscuits telling me that the secret was the flour. The next morning after the wedding, we gathered for breakfast where she baked these moist, airy biscuits with bits of pepperoni mixed in. When I asked her how she made them, she practically said, just follow the directions on the back on the flour. Haha. I guess her secret was not so much the ingredients, but the mix.
3 1/4 cups Southern Biscuit Complete Mix (found at Food Lion)
1/2 bag 7 oz Hormel Pepperoni, chopped
2 tablespoon butter, melted
1. Prepare the pepperoni. Roughly chop the pepperoni, about half a 7 oz bag. Set aside. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450°.
2. Prepare biscuits. In a large mixing bowl, add the Southern Biscuit mix with buttermilk stirring with fork or wooden spoon. Stir together using as few strokes as possible, just mix until completely combined. At this point, also add the chopped pepperoni and lightly mix in with the dough. The dough will be a little sticky and loose. (We didn’t add the pepperoni until later, which was a mistake. Better to add the pepperoni at this step.)
3. Cut out biscuits. Place the dough on a floured surface using some of the biscuit mix. With a floured rolling pin, gently roll the dough 1/2-inch thick. Using a floured biscuit cutter or glass cup, cut biscuits and place them in baking pans so the sides are lightly touching. With the remaining dough, reform and cut out more biscuits.
4. Bake. Place biscuits in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until tops are lightly golden brown. Remove biscuits from oven and brush melted butter over the tops. Serve warm and enjoy!
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