Here is another instance where I decided to cook with beer. I know! That’s twice in one week! I don’t know what to make of this, but let’s just go with it. This won’t become a common occurrence by any means, but it’s fun to go crazy once in a while. So anyway, as I dive into this new thing called “cooking with beer,” I thought that biscuits would be an easy way to not screw up. Boy, did I not screw up. It’s fun when things go the way that you plan. These biscuits are a play off of my Rosemary and Cheddar Drop Biscuits. This time, I removed the cheddar and rosemary, and added goat cheese instead. I also threw a brew into the biscuit dough. This was a fun and most necessary addition. These biscuits are easy. Like, probably one of the easiest biscuits you will make. Instead of cooking them on a cookie sheet, I threw the biscuits into a preheated cast iron skillet. They plumped up so perfectly, and were spectacular. They are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner…or a 3pm snack…which is how I tend to eat them. The way I enjoy them best, is with a fried egg and some fresh arugula. Other great ideas would be sausage gravy (also delicious – who doesn’t love biscuits and gravy!?), butter and jam/preserves, goat cheese (why not throw in a little extra), or all by themselves. They are really that good.
Beer: Bison Brewing’s Hop Cuvée
Style: West Coast Ale / American Pale Ale
Description: Just like when I pair beer with food, when I cook with beer, I think about the flavor profiles of each beer and think about how they will enhance or take away from the flavors in the food. Some dishes are easy. If you have a piece of chocolate cake, you can pretty much guarantee that a good chocolate stout will pair well with it, where as an IPA may not. I wanted a beer that had a touch of bitterness, but nothing that was out of control, like the out-of-controlness that can come with an Imperial IPA. A pale ale was the perfect brew for the job. Thanks to our good friends over at Bison Brewing, we had a chance to try Hop Cuvée. It has those piney tones that you crave with an American Pale Ale, but still has hints of sweetness and citrus. It’s delicious in each and every definition of the word. It was the perfect addition to these biscuits. It gave them so much flavor, that I kept going back for more. I also highly recommend that you wash them down with a few gulps of Hop Cuvée. You won’t be disappointed with this combination!
These beer biscuits with goat cheese are prepared with beer and can be ready in a flash. They are the perfect addition to your entree!
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, sliced (divided)
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup pale ale beer (I used Bison Brewing''s Hop Cuvee)
- 3/4 cups buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and place a cast iron skillet in the oven to heat up.
- While your oven and skillet heat up, prepare your biscuit dough. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Set aside.
- In the pitcher of your blender or food processor, add 6 tablespoons of the sliced butter. Add the flour mixture on top. Cover with the lid and pulse 8-10 times until coarse crumbles have formed (If you don''t have a blender or food processor, just use your hands and crumble until coarse crumbles form - This will take a couple of minutes). Transfer back to the bowl and crumble in the goat cheese and black pepper. Mix to combine.
- Create a well in the middle of your flour mixture, and add the beer and buttermilk. Fold the ingredients together until a soft dough forms. Do not over-mix.
- Remove the skillet from the oven, and add the rest of the butter to the pan. Swirl the butter until melted. Spoon 1/4-1/3 cup of the biscuit dough straight onto the skillet, until you have used up the dough (I had 10 biscuits total - this will vary). Brush the biscuits with the 1 tablespoon of melted butter and transfer back to the oven. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the biscuits just begin to brown on top.
- Remove from oven and let rest for a couple of minutes before serving. Best served warm out of the oven, but will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container.
- Recommended Toppings: Arugula, Fried Egg, Butter, Jam, Sausage Gravy.
Hardware: * Measuring Cups * Measuring Spoons * Cast Iron Skillet * Large Bowl * Whisk * Blender or Food Processor * Wooden Spoons * Brush *