One of the very best things about going to a chain restaurant are the bread baskets. The rolls (like Texas Roadhouse), the breadsticks (Olive Garden!), the small baguettes (Cheesecake Factory)…it’s complete heaven.
I can’t remember the last time my family had Red Lobster. Maybe it was because when we want to eat seafood (which we absolutely love) we prefer it without so many fillers (i.e., flour). And because RL is a chain restaurant, it’s basically a rule that they have to have fillers. So it’s usually some home-cooked meal when we want seafood, like steamed crab or hotpot (I’m just drooling thinking of it…)
But Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits are to die for. They soft, savory, and just bursting with flavor. The trick to these, I learned, was that you need to add lots of garlic and onion powder for that kick.
I brought these for one of our pasta dinners for Cross Country. No one knew I brought these (I hadn’t taste-tested them and wasn’t too confident in them), but I heard more than a few people talk about them (“Oh my gosh, those are the biscuits from Red Lobster!” etc. etc.) After we lined up in our designated order, (coaches, then parents/siblings, then girls, then boys) we went to get the PASTA (oh glorious pasta…) The boys were barely through the line when they were all gone. So I’d say, this one was a success.
My sister absolutely loves these little biscuits. She says they’re perfect for breakfast, since she’s more of a savory girl, like me. I wanted to bring all 30 of the biscuits for my orchestra, but she convinced me to keep half- just so she could munch on them in the morning. Pop them in the microwave for a couple seconds and you’re golden.
If you want a crowd-pleaser and something that’s easy, this one’s for you.
Cheddar Bay Biscuits (adapted from gimmiesomeoven.com)
Makes about 30 biscuits
- 4 cups Bisquick (or some other baking mix)
- 1 (8 oz) package of sharp grated cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 1/3 cup milk
- 3 tsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp dried parsley + extra
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- 1/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine Bisquick, cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and 1 tsp of Old Bay. Mix, then add milk. Mix until just combined.
- Drop biscuits onto the baking sheet (you can crowd them because they don’t spread.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes. Meanwhile, combine butter, 1 tsp parsley, garlic salt, and 1/4 tsp of Old Bay. When biscuits come out of the oven, smother with the butter mixture, then sprinkle with extra parsley. Serve warm.