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Ham and Cheese Drop Biscuits

A couple unexpected ingredients are what make them special.

Homemade biscuits are a great addition to a meal; from breakfast to dinner, sweet to savory, biscuits are as versatile as they are delicious. If you haven’t made homemade biscuits before, this is a great first recipe to try. Drop biscuits are aptly named because they are simply “dropped” from a spoon onto a baking sheet. There’s no need to purchase any special ingredients because for the most part these are made with pantry staples. But when we do want to jazz up a plain ol’ biscuit, adding something sweet or savory is the answer. For this particular recipe we’re going with savory, adding diced ham and shredded cheese into the batter for a biscuit that is just super good.

Scratch baking makes such a huge difference, for both taste and texture. So when we can, we like to put together the ingredients on our own rather than relying on a boxed version. The batter itself is good on it’s own, but we like to add a little more personality, and in this case that comes in the form of ham and cheese. Together they add a salty, slightly sharp bite that takes the flavor experience up a notch, adding heartiness as well. We love these biscuits because they aren’t labor intensive – from start to finish is only about 30 minutes. And while homemade biscuits might feel like they’re just for holidays or brunch, when a recipe is as easy as this one, you’ll probably want to make them any day of the week!

Drop biscuits are obviously amazing when they’re fresh out of the oven, but they’re not so bad the next day either. Store any leftovers in an airtight container and pull them out for an on-the-go breakfast or as a late night snack. This recipe is light, not heavy, because no one wants a hockey puck for a biscuit. And a little extra drizzle of honey or pat of butter never hurts. Crumbly, savory, and definitely delicious, our family will rave about these throughout the meal, and it’s hard to even have leftovers for the next day!

Serves 12-16

30 minutes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup deli ham, diced
  • 1/3 cup chives, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold, unsalted butter, grated
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  1. Preheat oven to 450º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and baking soda in a large bowl.
  3. Using two forks or a pastry cutter, cut in cold, grated butter until mixture is coarse and pebbly.
  4. Fold in cheese, ham and chives until just incorporated, then mix in buttermilk, sour cream and honey until just combined.
  5. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, drop spoonfuls of biscuit dough on lined baking sheet.
  6. Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until just browned.
  7. Remove from oven and serve warm. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from She Wears Many Hats

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