Arlene Bird from Sonoma, Calif., was looking for the recipe for the rich and delicious cheese biscuits that are served warm with every order at the Red Lobster restaurant chain. She clearly is not be alone in her craving for these biscuits because Shirley Zehner from Baltimore sent in a copy of the recipe that was published in the August 1994 issue of Ladies' Home Journal.
Just like Bird, several readers had written to the magazine and asked them to obtain the recipe for the biscuits from the restaurant chain. When Ladies' Home Journal told Red Lobster about the many readers who had requested the biscuit recipe, it came up with a version that is perfect for baking at home.
While I have never tasted the biscuits at Red Lobster, I can report that this homemade version is cheesy and delicious, and I can understand how they could easily become addictive.
Kathleen Wilson from Laurel is looking for the recipe she lost from 25 years or so ago for "Lazy Day Lasagna." She said it came from the back of a box of Mueller's ziti.
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Red Lobster cheese biscuits
Makes: 10-12 biscuits
2 cups buttermilk baking mix (see note)
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine baking mix, milk and cheese with a wooden spoon until soft dough forms. Beat vigorously for 30 seconds. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until golden. Combine melted butter or margarine and garlic powder; brush over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet. Serve warm.
Note: Bisquick is probably the best-known brand of buttermilk baking mix. It is also easy and cost-effective to make a homemade version with the following recipe:
Makes: 13 cups mix
10 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups shortening
1 cup buttermilk powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients with an electric mixer until particles are small and uniform in size. Store on a shelf in a tightly covered container. Storage life is approximately three months.