Ham and Cheese Biscuits with Basil – flaky and buttery biscuits with ham, cheese and basil! Perfect with a steaming hot bowl of soup or chili!
The summer is over, we are knee-deep into fall and I just bought my first basil plant.
Yep, you read that right.
For the last two years, I gave up on growing herbs in my garden as I never had much success with it. And then I saw this gorgeous basil plant in our store. I looked at my Hubby and in slow motion placed the plant in our grocery cart. He gave me a look saying “I give it three days”.
Right now, my basil plant is sitting on the counter in it’s special designated place. I see it everyday, I water it everyday. It actually makes me proud! I’ve had it for a week now and I am seeing new leaves! I love the fragrance of it! Slightly sweet, citrusy and so earthy. Amazing!
So far, I’ve added it as a topping on our pizza and absolutely loved it! The other day, I was stirring up the dough for my cut out biscuits. The plan was to make them with ham and cheese. And then I saw my basil plant on the counter and had a brilliant idea – to add some chopped leaves into the dough.
Oh my! I may never make biscuits without basil again! It adds freshness and citrusy flavor that is like a pop of freshness in these biscuits. I love it!
You will love how easy they are to whip up and how tender they bake up. And of course, the layers – a must in cut-out biscuits. So so good! This is definitely a keeper recipe!
This recipe makes 10 biscuits.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, chilled
- 1 large egg , beaten
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 cup chopped ham
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese ( I used mozzarella)
- 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves , chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, garlic powder, cayenne, pepper).
Grate the chilled butter over the flour mixture and immediately cut it in with a pastry cutter.
In a large measuring cup, whisk together buttermilk and egg. Add to the dry ingredients.
Stir in few times.
Add ham, cheese and basil.
Stir in util the flour is incorporated. Do not overmix!
Place the dough onto a floured surface. Form into a disk. Fold in half. Gently flatten into a disk again. Fold in half again.
Flatten into a disk about 3/4 inch thick.
Cut out the biscuits with floured biscuit cutter. Place onto the prepared baking sheet.
Gather the scraps of the dough, cut out more biscuits and place on the sheet.
Bake the biscuits for 18 to 22 minutes, or until risen, show layers and have golden tops.
Let the biscuits cool on the sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer onto a cooling rack to cool completely.