throwaway biscuits

No, you don’t literally throw them away. These biscuits use ingredients that are on the brink of becoming compost and turn them into delicious, savory, flaky treats.

If you are anything like me, you’re always trying to eat leftovers before they go bad. I love cooking, but I love cooking new things every night. I want variety in my life, people.

As a result, at any one time I have three or four tupperwares full of junk that I don’t quite know what to do with–leftover chicken, spinach, some crumbles of cheese that are either a) gorgonzola, or b) was once a white cheese that has decided to sprout itself some color.

So what to do with all those edibles that are not enough for another full meal, but you can’t stand to see them go to waste?

Bake ’em up, folks.

I happened to have on hand some leftover chevre from this lovely beet salad that was becoming…questionable. Not past it’s expiration date, but getting there. I also had some cheddar sausage from an appetizer that I’ll share with you at a later date, and an apple that Lucy had dropped on the floor so many times that I could not bring myself to eat it without chopping the bruised bits off.

Speaking of apples, have you ever met someone who eats the whole thing? I mean, the core, the seeds, the stemall of it? It’s a sight to see, let me tell ya. I can’t even bring myself to bite one teeny tiny little bruise. But then again, I’m an apple snob.

So, to begin: chop up whatever you got into small pieces. I usually try to incorporate a meat, a vegetable or fruit, and some cheese. Because cheese is the best food in the entire, whole wide world.

Some combos that have worked well for me:

  • steak, gorgonzola and kale
  • pork, apples and sharp cheddar
  • chicken, broccoli and jack cheese
  • roasted potatoes, cheddar and spinach
  • bananas, walnuts and cream cheese

Use whatever you have–get crazy with it. Also preheat your oven to 425°, please.

Next, grab some Bisquick. Or whatever muffin/biscuit mix you’ve got. Dump 2 1/4 cups into a bowl.

Dump in 2/3 cup of milk…

…and stir it around until a sticky dough forms.

Dump in your meat and your veggie/fruit…

…2/3 of your cheese…

…season with salt and pepper and give it a good stir. Put some muscle into it, people.

Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray, divide the batter into the prepared cups, and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.

Loverly. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they’re golden brown and cooked through…

…like so. Let ’em cool for a spell on a wire rack.

Now don’t you feel good? You’ve turned those pesky leftovers into something that smells yummy and is remarkably edible.

I believe environmentalists would call this repurposing.

See? I can be green, too.

Take that, Al Gore.

Nevermind that I ran the oven for 20 minutes, or used an aerosol can, or used entirely too much water to do the dishes with soap that is likely environmentally unfriendly.

I’m just going shut up while I’m ahead here. I conquered the leftovers, and that’s as Superwoman as I’m going to get today. So now I’m going to slather one of these little suckers with butter, sit back, and feel like I’ve accomplished something.

Make these soon using up your poor, unwanted food. It will make it delicious again. Plus, they make great quick easy-to-grab snacks for the kiddos.

-RDG

Throwaway Biscuits

  • 2 1/4 cups Bisquick
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup unwanted cheese
  • 3/4 cup unwanted meat, chopped
  • 3/4 cup unwanted vegetables or fruit, chopped
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Preheat oven to 425°. Mix the Bisquick and milk together in a bowl until a sticky dough forms. Add the meat, veggie or fruit, and about 2/3 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper and stir together. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Divide batter equally between cups and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes until biscuits are golden and cooked through. Makes 12 biscuits.


Comments

  1. Yum is right! I’m going to make some tomorrow with the leftovers in my fridge. Thanks for such a great, basic recipe!

  2. Excellent work Jenny! I’m going to have to try this… it sounds delicious! And I have loved reading your blog 🙂 Since you’re such a great “experimenter” in the kitchen, you’d probably enjoy playing with my similar throwaway recipe… breakfast quiche cups.

    Start out with
    1 chopped green pepper
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    1 package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
    tabasco for a little heat
    some type of cheese
    eggs (approx 1 egg for every 2 muffin cups you fill)

    any other throwaway item… I’ve used olives,broccoli, mushrooms, artichoke, green chiles, salsa, sausage, ham, kosher franks, hash brown patties (torn and placed in the bottom) every type of cheese you could imagine. Mix it all up and cook for ~20 min at 350 degrees.

    They also freeze/reheat well, so I always make them before we go out of town so 1) I use up the items in the fridge that would otherwise go to waste and 2) we have delicious breakfast food to eat once we get home.

    Happy 2010 to you, Dave, and Lucy

  3. What a great way to use up leftovers!

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