Sweet Bacon and Gruyere Buttermilk Biscuits


 

Bacon and Gruyere Buttermilk Biscuits

 

This is one of those recipes that was inspired by one thing and then out of convenience, became something else (almost) entirely.

Several years ago, I was watching Food Network (I watched it religiously from junior high to high school) and Giada De Laurentiis made these delicious pancetta biscuits. I went to the store, and of course I didn’t want to pay the price for pancetta, so I bought maple bacon instead. Why I thought that would be a good substitute, I have no idea. On top of that, I forgot what kind of cheese and ended up getting gruyere instead of fontina.

Anyhow, one thing lead to another and they were one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. Even without the cinnamon sugar butter. Talk about going all out!

Recipe:

Pancetta Biscuits

By Giada De Laurentiis

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

biscuits:

  • 1/4 pound pancetta, diced
  • 1 (8-ounce) box store bought biscuit mix
  • Buttermilk (in place of the liquid in the boxed biscuit mix recipe)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Fontina

cinnamon-sugar butter:

  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature

Directions

  • To make the biscuits: In a saute pan, heat the pancetta over medium-high heat and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, make the biscuits according to the box instructions, using buttermilk instead of the suggested liquid. Gently stir in the pancetta and the cheese.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon the biscuit mixture onto the baking sheet and bake according to box instructions. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • To make the Cinnamon-sugar Butter: Cut open the vanilla bean lengthwise. Using the back of a knife, scrape along the inside of the vanilla bean to collect the seeds. Scrape vanilla bean seeds into a small bowl. Add sugar and cinnamon and stir to combine. Stir in the butter until well blended. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Serve the biscuits on a platter with the Cinnamon-sugar Butter alongside.
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