Haylie Duff, actress, singer, songwriter and Cooking Channel host, loves this recipe for special occasions. “I don’t bake, but these are so easy because there’s no rolling of the dough. It’s literally just drop the dough from the bowl onto the pan. It’s so easy. They have diced ham, cheese and herbs—tons of flavor. Instead of using buttermilk, I use yogurt, which is a great alternative and adds tons of moisture and flavor.”
Ham and Smoked Gouda Biscuits
Makes 12 biscuits
- 1 cup ham steak, diced
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, plus more for the baking sheet (3/4 stick)
- 1 1/2 cups smoked Gouda, coarsely shredded (about 4 1/2 ounces)
- 1/4 cup chives, chopped
- 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt, (low-fat is okay)
Preheat the oven to 450-degrees F. Butter a large baking sheet (or coat it with nonstick spray).
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Use a pastry cutter or your fingertips to add the butter, working the mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in the ham, cheese and chives. Add the yogurt, stirring until just combined.
Drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet in 12 equal mounds, about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, make a Maple Butter: In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup butter and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Add salt to taste and transfer to a serving bowl.
Serve the biscuits with Maple Butter on the side.
*Use a ham steak, as opposed to deli-style sliced ham, for meaty cubes. You can find ham steaks in the deli section of most supermarkets.