07 January 2013
Hockey Puck Biscuits and Cheeseballs
I started on my quest for the perfect biscuit this week. It was a less than perfect start. I am not totally new to the idea of biscuit making -- I have seen my mother and grandmothers make biscuits from scratch countless times. I know the basics of biscuit construction; I just need to get the balance of ingredients down.
I got a starting point for a biscuit recipe from one of my go-to-guys for a solid recipe. I don't wanna name names because I love this person, but their biscuit recipe is nothing short of horrible. The first batch of biscuits was a disaster. So much of a disaster that I didn't even take pictures, except one this one of the pastry cutter. The biscuits were essentially flour-based hockey pucks. Hockey pucks probably have more flavor, though.
Granted, the biscuit disater was not totally on me, since I followed someone else's recipe to the letter, but I'm definitely going back to the drawing board. I needed to post a different recipe today, so I decided to go with the cheeseball I made for my Packers playoff watch party yesterday. I also made a similar one for my humungous Christmas buffet. This is crazy delicious and super, duper simple. Just mix and serve. It's got all things good in my universe -- three kinds of cheese, bacon, and spicy ranch. Since the Packers won, I might just be making another one next Saturday, too. Maybe it's this season's good luck charm.....
Bacon Ranch Three Cheeseball
makes one ball
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1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbles
1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp sour cream
1/2 cup bacon, finely crumbled
1 envelope Spicy Ranch dressing powder mix
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
Pour cheeses, sour cream, bacon, and ranch dressing mix in a large bowl. Beat the mixture until well combined. Use a piece of plastic wrap the shape the mixture into a ball. Put into the refrigerator until well chilled. When ready to serve, roll the ball in the chopped pecans just before serving.