Cheddar Sage Biscuits

My last day at work was December 23rd and as soon as I was done Dan and I jumped into the car and drove off into away from the sunset.  Dan had already started his job so we couldn’t make a vacation out of it.  We drove through Christmas eve starting the day in Missouri. We only stopped for gas and ultimately ate our holiday dinner at the Sheetz in Cumberland, Maryland.

I have to admit that this is not the first time that I’ve had Sheetz on Christmas. However, it is the first time that I’ve had it for Christmas dinner.  My sister, brother-in-law and I used to do a lot of holiday road trips together and often grabbed breakfast or lunch on the road.   We stumbled onto Sheetz out of need one year, we were driving back roads and all of the go-to fast food joints were closed and it was our only option.  We walked in, expecting to leave with a breakfast of trail mix and soda when we saw the extensive menu.  We ordered breakfast sandwiches and realized that they were much better than the greasy fast food joint we had been looking for. Did I really just review a gas station?  

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Dan and I may have had gas station food for Christmas dinner but we haven't forgotten about what makes up a good holiday meal.  My posts about our Thanksgiving got lost in the shuffle of the move and I never got a chance to share the biscuit that we brought to our friends Mike and Annissa's house.  My friend Annissa and I split up the menu and since I prefer to bake and she prefers to handle the meat, she made the turkey and I made the biscuits (and the mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts). 

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We spent the day eating courses of deliciously decadent holiday food and playing a rousing game of Foodie Fight (a foodie version of Trivial Pursuit). I am ashamed to say that Mike and I got our butts kicked. We never had a chance, we were up against Dan’s photographic memory and Annissa’s extended foodie history. Victory eluded us but at least the food was good!

Cheddar Sage Biscuits

Since we were traveling I needed to make dishes that could be made early and heated at dinner time.  These stayed fresh and flaky and were even good as leftovers later that week.

2 1/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
6 Tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 
2 Tablespoons sage, chopped 
1 cup buttermilk

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper

2. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 1/4 c flour, 2 1/2 t baking powder, 2 t sugar, 3/4 t baking soda, and 2 t salt.

3. Add the 6 T butter and mix it with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal.

4. Stir in 1 c cheese and 2 T sage.

5. Pour in the 1 c buttermilk and stir until just combined.

6. Drop small spoonful's of biscuits onto lined baking sheets (they don’t expand too much so drop them in the size that you’d like to eat-I cut calories by making my food smaller).

7. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Serve warm.

Nutritionals (23 biscuits/per biscuit): Cals: 97, Fat: 5, Carb: 11, Protein: 3