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Platter of Country Ham and biscuits - homemade Southern-style biscuits with thinly sliced country ham nestled inside.

COUNTRY HAM AND BISCUITS


Description

These country ham and biscuits are a delicious start to a Kentucky Derby party.  A perfect combination of flaky, slightly sweet biscuit, and salty country ham, these little bites are addictive.


Ingredients

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2 cups low protein, self-rising flour (I used White Lily Self Rising Flour)

2 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup frozen vegetable shortening

¾ cup very cold buttermilk

2 teaspoons honey

2 tablespoons melted butter

¼ pound thinly sliced country ham


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Using a box grater, grate the frozen shortening into the flour mixture.

Cut the shortening into the flour with a pastry blender or two knives until you have pea-size crumbs.

Use a fork to blend in the honey, and enough milk to form a dough.  The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead gently five or six times, just to smooth out the dough.

Use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough into a ¾-inch thickness.  Cut out 7 or 8 biscuits using a 2-inch round cookie cutter.

Place the biscuits on the baking sheet, about 1-inch apart.

Gather the dough scraps and form into a ball.  Use your hands to pat the dough to a ¾-inch thickness.  Cut the dough into biscuits and lay them on the baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

Remove from the oven.

While hot, use a pastry brush to brush the tops with melted butter.

Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool.

Split the biscuits in half with a fork.

Brush the insides of the biscuit lightly with melted butter.

Sandwich a couple of slices of ham inside each biscuit.

Serve at room temperature.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: country ham and biscuits, brunch recipes, breakfast, Kentucky Derby food, tea sandwiches, ham sandwiches, biscuits, Southern biscuits