7.29.2013

Biscuit Bake-Off

There will never be a day when I stop loving Red Lobster. In fact, Andrew and I were just there a couple months ago! Naturally, I chowed down on those melt-in-your-mouth mounds of buttery garlic heaven the waiter so graciously bestowed our table with until I was stuffed. Which of course happened before the food we actually ordered got to the table. I assume that's how everyone plays the Red Lobster game, right? At least that's how I've done it since I was a kid!

Last month I was introduced to the prepackaged Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix sold at Sam's Club. It comes with enough powder and herb packets to make a few batches, and it's less than $6. Not bad if you're in a pinch, but you know me—I love making things from scratch.


And there are countless recipes out there, you guys! Like, wow, the people have spoken and clearly we all really love these damn biscuits. A lot. I found tons for sprucing up Bisquick but I opted to pit the prepackaged mix against a fully made-from-scratch recipe from Brown Eyed Baker.


The difference in texture was obvious, but nothing was more recognizable than the smell! The prepackaged mix was completely odorless, while the homemade batch smelled so amazing I wish I could have bottled it.


While the biscuits baked, I prepped the butter toppings for each. The herb packet is where the prepackaged mix really shined. I'm not completely sure what was in it, but BEB's combination of garlic and parsley didn't stand a chance!


Once out of the oven I could see how much the prepackaged mix spread outward whereas the homemade batch rose, as biscuits should (though I'm no drop biscuit expert—these were actually the first ones I've ever made!). So, which was best??

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix

Brown Eyed Baker's Cheddar Bay Biscuits

The Brown Eyed Baker's recipe, hands down! The fantastic biscuits were flaky on the inside and just crispy enough on the outside. And as much as I loved that herb packet, the prepackaged mix was just too doughy to compete. Both were excellent the next day (and the next) after being reheated in the oven. I even made grilled cheese out of them with the leftover cheddar I used in each recipe! We literally have biscuits for days, you guys. It's intense.

9 comments:

  1. My mouth is watering. I love those damn biscuits. I've not been to Red Lobster in years. I do think I asked someone to bring me back some biscuits when they went. I don't remember, but I don't think they brought me any. :(

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    1. How dare they deny you of your biscuits! I don't know if it's common practice but when we went I totally asked for some to-go and the waiter gave us a whole baggy full—well more like four, but still.

      I think it's time for you to whip up a batch. It takes no time at all, promise.

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  2. I've been in a baking mood lately and these look so good. I could eat 100 biscuits

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    1. It feels like I've eaten 100, let me tell you...

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  3. We make a Bisquick version every so often. The leftovers also make really good ham sandwiches.

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    1. I am so done with biscuits right now but I do want to try out a Bisquick recipe one day. And no ham sandwiches for me, but the grilled cheese was divine!

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