The Recipe That Saved Thanksgiving: Last-Minute Biscuits

It’s down to the wire for all of us who are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. If you’ve been down this road before, you know the factors that can lead to last-minute cooking mishaps (something gets burned or otherwise ruined during cooking, you forgot to acquire an ingredient, extra guests arrive). My solution is a quick and affordable recipe for delicious and filling biscuits that will fit right in with any holiday spread. Most of the ingredients will likely be on hand already, leaving you to obtain just a couple of items on your last round at the supermarket this week. With just 25 spare minutes and one friendly helper, the yield will prove bountiful, not to mention festive in appearance. Bon Appétit, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheddar Scallion Drop Biscuits

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
6 oz Cheddar, coarsely grated (1 1/2 cups)
3 scallions, finely chopped
1 cup well-shaken buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450F.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, then blend in butter with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in Cheddar and scallions. Add buttermilk and stir until just combined.

Drop dough in 12 equal mounds about 2 inches apart onto a buttered large baking sheet. Bake in middle of oven until golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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