Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bacon, Tomato and Thyme Biscuits


Now that soup weather is upon us once again, wouldn't you love some savory biscuits to eat enjoy with your soup? Whether it's a small cup for lunch or a big bowl for dinner, it's time for some warm soup or stew and some delicious biscuits to eat with it. 


I came across a recipe in our local newspaper for cheesy bacon biscuits from a restaurant in Door County, Wisconsin. I didn't have the cheese so adapted the recipe to what I had on hand which was bacon, sun-dried tomatoes and some fresh thyme.  I loved the way the recipe utilized folding the dough over twice to create the beautiful, flaky layers.  The melted butter and sprinkle of flaky sea salt on top when they come out of the oven is so delicious.  


Try these biscuits with Hearty Lentil Soup, Minestrone Soup, Onion Soup Gratin, Provencal Vegetable Soup, Lentil Soup with Ham and Kale, or one of my most popular recipes, Navy Bean soup. You can also click on the Soups and Stews link under my Post Labels on the right for more soup ideas.

The biscuits are wonderful with soup but you could also split them in half and place a small slice of good deli ham inside and eat them as sandwiches! You've got to love the colors and food of fall :)


This is what our weather looks like today.  Cold and rainy! Soup time :)



Bacon, Tomato and Herb Biscuits

Makes 6-8 biscuits

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup pastry flour (all-purpose flour could be substituted)
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup cooked, chopped bacon
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (may use dried thyme - or substitute herb of your choice)
1 cup buttermilk

Note: 1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese may be added when you add the bacon.

Melted butter and Flaky sea salt to top rolls

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flours, the 1 teaspoon sea salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Cut butter into dry ingredients with a pastry blender until coarse, not fine. Add bacon, dried tomatoes and chopped thyme and stir lightly to combine. Add buttermilk and mix until just moistened.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and push into a 2-inch-thick rectangle. Do not overwork dough. Fold dough in half from long end, flatten and fold again. Pat dough into a rectangle 1½ to 2 inches thick. Cut dough into 3-inch squares or use a 3-inch biscuit cutter, being careful not to twist cutter as you cut. Gather scraps, handling as little as possible. Flatten and cut remaining dough. Place unbaked biscuits on a parchment paper or silipat-lined baking sheet. For crispiest biscuits, place them farther apart. For softer biscuits, place them as close together on the pan as you can without them touching (no closer than ½ inch, as they do puff slightly).

Brush tops of biscuits with melted butter and sprinkle with flaky sea salt (such as Maldon).

Bake in preheated oven 15 to 22 minutes or until evenly golden brown on top. Best eaten slightly warm.

Recipe adapted from Blue Horse Beach Cafe in Fish Creek, Wisconsin

45 comments:

  1. what a delicious pairing! Soup and biscuits, can't wait to try Susan, have a nice day my dear, a warm hug from italy !

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    1. Thank you, Chiara! I could use a warm hug - it's chilly here! xo

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  2. I just prepped a post about soup and bread..but I guarantee you..I will be making these this coming week with soemething.the layers..ohmygosh the layers..gorgeous pics Susan:)Love the little movie and the girl being sad at the end..we are getting that tomorrow!
    You need a fairy for thos mushrooms..but the leaf..looks idyllic on that one♥

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    1. They are so good! I think I slightly over-baked mine so watch them :) You must have clicked full screen to see the girl at the end (ust be an ad from YouTube). For some reason, we have tons of those mushrooms in our woods this month! I love the look of them. Very photogenic. I don't think I'll try eating them though. I do need a fairy :) Thank you, Monique ♥

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  3. I love these biscuits Susan, look wonderful !!

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  4. o my my...look at all these flaky layers..I am dying to try one or two!! The combo of thyme, bacon and tomato is just unbeatable!

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    1. I loved pulling the layers apart :) Thank you, Angie!

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  5. Your biscuits look amazing! Love those great pics too-enjoy:@)

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! I thought you might like the bacon :)

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    1. Thanks, Larry! They would be great with one of your breakfasts :)

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  7. It's been way too long since I've made biscuits and love how flaky these are. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    1. The same thing happens to me. Sometimes we due for a carb overload :) Thanks, Lea Ann!

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  8. Oh the leaves are falling in your neck of the woods! How pretty. Love, love, love these biscuits. I can't believe those layers - how awesome! I love a savory biscuit or roll and especially love fresh thyme. You nailed this beautiful recipe Susan! Have a wonderful weekend :)

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    1. The rain and wind we had yesterday really helped the leaves come down. Pretty but sad at the same time. Thanks, Tricia!

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  9. Nothing is more comforting than a pot of soup. These biscuits sound like the perfect accompaniment!
    I will utilize some of the last of the fresh time for them.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. Whoa, it was cold when we work up this morning. It always surprises me at how quickly the weather changes in October. Thank you, Bonnie!

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  10. How delicious those biscuits look. Soup and some sort of bread for dinner is such a warming meal.

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    1. Thank you, Lorrie, for your comment! Nothing better to warm you inside and out :)

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  11. Those biscuits look like heaven in a bowl :o) Our weather changed quickly also. Beautiful sunny and 70 during the day, but brisk in the morning for my walk. I had to wear a wool hat one morning.

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    1. It was hard to not eat them before the soup was ready :) We had some patchy frost the night before last! Thank you, Debbie ♥

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  12. These biscuits would do me well right now♥

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  13. Wow, these look fabulous! There are so many flakey layers. I just love breads at this time of year.

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    1. I know, the layers make them so good! Thank you, Jacqueline!

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  14. These biscuits are gorgeous. It looks like you might have a bit of southern blood to make them so high and flaky :) Fall looks beautiful in Wisconsin, miss that!

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    1. Probably just luck ;) You're right, fall is so pretty here, especially the maple trees and sumac along the highways. Bet you don't miss winter, though! Thank you, Chris!

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  15. I miss Midwestern falls. Those are beautiful biscuits Susan. Need to study the recipe to see how you got so many flaky layers! Will try.

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    1. As I said to Chris, I'll bet you don't miss the winter though! I'm pretty sure it's the way the dough is folder over twice that makes all the flaky layers. Good recipe! Thank you, Penny!

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  16. These are beautiful and perfect for soup weather. We had a cold snap but now back to 83 tomorrow. Love the midwest! Hope the wrist is continuing to mend.

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    1. Thank you, Julie! We're having a little warm up for a few days here too but only 70-ish. I'll take it :)

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  17. What beautiful, flaky biscuits, Susan! Your photos are perfect and making my mouth water! I LOVE biscuits...they make it difficult to watch my weight, though. I keep making Emeril's mini herb biscuits! Now I'll have your recipe to contend with. I made a super quick (and super fattening) biscuit recipe for the blog...posting soon.
    My father used to halve a biscuit, slather with butter and pour maple syrup over it. I must have his genes! :)
    Have a lovely week!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, Barbara :) Not for every day eating but what a treat when I do make them. Can't wait to see your biscuit recipe! Thanks!

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  18. Oh I love the cold and rainy weather and these biscuits look flaky and delicious, love the flavor combo. Hope you are having a great week Susan, take care.

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  19. Oh I love the cold and rainy weather and these biscuits look flaky and delicious, love the flavor combo. Hope you are having a great week Susan, take care.

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  20. So flaky and full of flavor! Nothing goes better with soup than biscuits, and these look so good- A good reason to make soup!

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  21. Susan, these biscuit are nothing but perfect...I love all the layers and how flaky they look. Awesome flavors...I wish I could bake biscuits like you do...
    Thanks for sharing the recipe...have a wonderful week :)

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  22. Oh My. They look so tall, flaky and buttery. What a great accompaniment to soup!

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  23. Your biscuits looks so darn good! Love the layers and I can imagine having it with just a spread of butter!
    Beautiful scenery in the video! A bowl of hot steaming soup and a few of your biscuits would definitely be welcomed!

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  24. These are like the perfect biscuit. I would eat the whole pan and I just might when I bake them!

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  25. You got that right about soup season and these biscuits are the perfect accompaniment!

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  26. These biscuits look and sound amazing! Can't wait to try them at our next dinner party. Thanks for the recipe! Have a spooky weekend !!

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  27. I can't wait to gives these biscuits a try. I'll make them one evening when we are having company for dinner.

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