Gorgonzola & Bacon Drop Biscuits

February 14 2021

Yes, it's Valentine's Day and Galentine's Day and I have decided that while I love heart-shaped cookies and fudge, flowers and jewels (and I really like those sparkly pieces!), what I love most is enjoying a wonderful brunch that includes these delicious Gorgonzola and Bacon Drop Biscuits. I love not having to stress and not having to work. All I want is my biscuit, my steaming dark roast coffee, a chill playlist and my honey!

If that sounds about right for you, then check out this recipe from Joanne Chang, the author of Pastry Love. It doesn't mention in the title of the recipe that there are caramelized onions running through the biscuits, along with the apple-wood smoked bacon and the gorgonzola. It's these onions that just elevate this recipe.

Brush an egg yolk wash over the biscuit, sprinkle the top with crushed black pepper, pop it in the oven and say, "Come to Momma"! Or "Poppa"! Either way, enjoy the heck out of your special day...relax, kick your feet up and eat biscuits!

Gorgonzola and Bacon

Drop Biscuits

Makes: 8-10 biscuits

Prep Time: 20 minutes Bake Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Caramelized Onions:

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 medium yellow onions, peeled, cut in half and sliced as thin as possible (about 5 cups)

1 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

5 slices thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (385 grams)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold

1 1/2 cups crumbled Gorgonzola or any other strong blue cheese (170 grams)

1/2 cup low- or fat-free buttermilk

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk, for egg wash

1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

Caramelized Onions:

In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5-10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the onions are completely soft, caramelized, and dark brown, another 30-40 minutes. Remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper. Can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325°F. Lay out the bacon on a small rimmed baking sheet and bake util fully crispy, 25 to 35 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels, then chop into 1/4-inch pieces. set aside.

Turn the oven up to 350°F and place a rack in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or butter it lightly, and set it aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the flour, bacon, baking powder, salt and baking soda on low speed until combined, 10-15 seconds. Cut the butter into 8-10 pieces and add it to the flour mixture; mix for 20-30 seconds on medium-low, until the butter is somewhat broken down and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the Gorgonzola and pulse the mixer a few times to start to incorporate the cheese.

Whisk together the buttermilk, cream, and egg until thoroughly mixed. Stir in the onions. With the mixer on low, pour in the buttermilk mixture and beat for another 10-15 seconds, util the dough just comes together. There will probably still be a little loose flour at the bottom of the bowl.

Remove the bowl from the mixer. Gather and lift the dough with your hands and turn it over in the bowl so that it picks up any loose flour at the bottom; repeat until all loose flour is mixed in.

Using a 1/2-cup ice cream scoop or large serving spoon, scoop out mounded rounds of dough, about 1/2 cup each, and place them evenly spaced on the prepared baking sheet. You should get 8-10 biscuits. (At this point the biscuits can be frozen on the baking sheet, transferred to a plastic freezer bag, and frozen for up to 1 week. Add 5-10 minutes to the baking time.)

Whisk the egg yolk for the egg wash in a small bowl with a fork. Use a pastry brush to lightly brush the egg wash all over the biscuits. Sprinkle evenly with the pepper. Bake for 35-40 minutes, rotating the baking sheet midway through the baking time, until the biscuits are entirely golden brown. Remove the biscuits from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack.

These biscuits are best served the day they are baked, but you can store them, tightly wrapped in plastic, in the refrigerator for 1 day and refresh them in a 300°F oven for 10-12 minutes before serving.

Recipe from Joanne Chang

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