Frugal Friday!

Frugal Friday Tip: Learn to make the restaurant foods you love in your own kitchen!

I love going out to restaurants. I love the atmosphere. I love people watching. I love having people serve me. I love not having to do dishes! However, I detest that nasty little piece of paper the waiter inevitably brings at the end of the meal. It’s got all of these icky little numbers on it and it requires me to do math. That just ruins a perfectly good meal.

To save a little cash I’ve been trying to recreate my favorite restaurant foods at home. I stumbled across a recipe for Red Lobster’s cheddar bay biscuits. Hope you enjoy! I’ll post more “secret recipes” as I find them.

Cheddar Bay Biscuits 

2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix

¾ cup cold whole milk

4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)

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¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese

Bush on Top:

2 tablespoons butter, melted

¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes

½ teaspoon garlic powder

pinch salt

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine Bisquick with cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter or a large fork. You don’t want to mix too thoroughly. There should be small chunks of butter in there that are about the size of peas. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and ¼ teaspoon garlic. Mix by hand until combined, but don’t over mix.

3. Drop approximately ¼-cup portions of the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop.

4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.

5. When you take the biscuits out of the oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter is a small bowl in your microwave. Stir in ½ teaspoon garlic powder and the dried parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Use up all of the butter. Makes one dozen biscuits.

Recipe courtesy of Todd Wilbur, “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2,” Plume Books.

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