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An All-American 4th of July: Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

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I think my favorite holiday may be the 4th of July. It gives me a chance to not only run around grilling to my hearts content without people thinking I am a mad man playing with fire and knives, but it gives me a chance to delve into what is considered to be true-blue (or true red/white and blue) American cooking. It's fun and that really is what cooking should be all about.

In this series called An All-American 4th of July, we will have some fun with some true American cooking. It will be tasty! It will be easy and it will give you a chance to celebrate the birth of the greatest nation on the face of this earth while filling your stomach with delicious morsels of Americana!

Biscuits are an American treasure. I cannot even fathom having fried chicken without some kind of biscuits. And what would country gravy be without biscuits. You don't find biscuits around too much anymore (not real biscuits anyway). Restaurants will serve you bread, but not biscuits and this is a damn shame. Biscuits are fun to make and pretty easy and quick as well.

So enjoy one of my favorite vices, real southern homemade buttermilk biscuits!

Ingredients needed to make Homemade Southern Buttermilk Biscuits (amount depends on size):

  • 6 Tbs. chilled butter, diced
  • 1/4 cup lard (or shortening)
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon sheet.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients except the buttermilk. Using a pastry blender (see picture in slideshow) cut the butter and lard into the flour until it is crumbly (you can use your fingers as well).
  3. Add the buttermilk and stir just until the dough comes together.
  4. Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead a few minutes.
  5. Pat the dough down until it is about 1-inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter (or the open end of a glass) and cut out the biscuits.
  6. Place the biscuits onto the prepared pan.
  7. Place in the oven and bake 15 minutes or until golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

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