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Cheddar and Black Pepper Biscuits
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Cheddar and Black Pepper Biscuits

Recipe courtesy of James Briscione
Up your Thanksgiving bread basket game with savory, scratch-made biscuits. Starring Cheddar cheese and McCormick® Black Pepper, these are even better the next day as a vessel for your leftover turkey sandwich.
Recipe created by two-time "Chopped" champ, Chef James Briscione. He brings creativity to the table with bold flavors and spices in his new Food Network cooking show, "Man Crafted."
  • 20m

    prep time

  • 15m

    Cook Time

  • 12



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(1 biscuit)



  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus additonal melted butter for brushing
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus a bit more for rolling
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper from McCormick® Black Pepper Grinder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt from McCormick® Sea Salt Grinder, plus more for sprinkling
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Spiced Honey Butter


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Cut the butter into small dice and freeze until ready to use. Combine the flour, Cheddar, baking powder, pepper and salt in a bowl. Add the frozen butter and blend in using a pastry cutter until the butter is in pieces no larger than green peas. Add all of the buttermilk at once and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. (The mixture will look a little dry and uneven.) Turn the dough onto a well-floured work surface and knead for 3 to 4 minutes to make a smooth dough; add flour as needed if the dough is too sticky.

  • With well-floured hands and working on a well-floured surface, press the dough into a flat sheet, about 1 inch thick. Fold lengthwise into thirds (as you would fold a letter). Repeat this process 2 more times.

  • After folding the dough the third time, roll the dough into a 3/4-inch-thick sheet.

  • Using a rolling pin, cut rounds out of the dough using a 3-inch cutter and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Gather the scraps and reroll until all the dough is used. (Cut biscuits can be refrigerated overnight.)

  • Bake until golden and risen, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve with Spiced Honey Butter.

  • For the Spiced Honey Butter, combine the butter, honey, salt, garlic and cayenne in a mixing bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until smooth. Transfer to ramekins, then chill to firm slightly, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Spiced Honey Butter keeps, tightly wrapped and refrigerated, up to 3 weeks.

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