Pretend you're Martha Stewart or Paula Deen and make these!
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I was unsure about the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix from Costco. First off, I’ve never ate at Red Lobster, not because I dislike it but because I have my favorite restaurants already picked out so when we go out to eat I generally want to go to the places I know I already love (I’m a creature of a habit and hate change). I wanted to try these because I love biscuits and have actually never made my own biscuits. The idea of pulling hot biscuits out of the oven just seemed really appealing to me during my shopping trip.
The Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix cost $8.99 Canadian. The box includes 4 biscuit mixes and 4 herb and garlic spice packages. Each bag of biscuit mix makes about 10 biscuits. The box isn’t outrageously expensive but it’s not ridiculously cheap either. Obviously the ingredients to make these from scratch at home are super cheap so you’re paying for the convenience and the brand name. Take note if you want to make the biscuits with cheddar and the garlic herb butter brushed on top you need to supply your own cheese and butter.
Convenience, convenience, convenience. Honestly, I mixed this up in probably less than a minute and a half. I had some old cheddar cheese slices in the fridge so instead of grating cheddar I just broke those up, threw the mix in a bowl with the cheese, added the water and stirred just until it was mixed (over mixing is not good). I plopped the mix aimlessly down on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and put them in the oven and decided there was no way these were turning out because it was too simple. I was impressed staring into the oven watching my unsymmetrical blobs of mix turn into golden, delicious looking biscuits. Just before the biscuits were finished baking, I melted a bit of butter and added the seasoning packed and when I pulled the biscuits out I brushed a bit of butter/herb mixture on top of each biscuit. Seriously, if you want to pretend your Martha Stewart for the night, buy this mix. It’s super easy.
Even though he didn’t say it, I could tell my husband was a little skeptical about these biscuits. I think he’s decided he doesn’t like Red Lobster because he doesn’t love seafood, even though he’s never been there. It turns out he really likes these and so do I. The biscuits were golden crisp on the outside and super light, pillowy soft and fluffy on the inside. I attribute this partly to not over mixing the dough. The garlic butter was super delicious and gave the biscuits a really nice flavor, no extra butter or flavoring was required. You could definitely leave out the cheddar or even make these plain but I enjoyed it with the cheese and butter and felt it added to the overall taste. You could also use this mix to make your own kind of biscuit with your own ingredients, I will be trying this for sure.
Nutritionally these are not your sweet kale salad kit. The calories aren’t super high but they’re mainly full of carbs, sodium and fat. If you add a ton of cheese and butter that’s only going to add to the fat and calories. However! Have you ever tried to run a marathon low on carbs, fat or sodium? It would not be pleasant because this is what our body needs to function. So if you have a biscuit with your meal, I say that’s awesome because these things are meant to be enjoyed and balance and moderation is important when it comes to food.
The Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix is delicious and convenient. When I made our batch of biscuits my husband and I could not eat all 10 so I discovered that it’s better to freeze the biscuits right away rather than leave them out or put them in the fridge, even if you’re having them the next night. I did this and took them out of the freezer the next night and reheated them for a few seconds in my microwave and found the light and fluffy texture inside the biscuits was maintained.
Sweet or savory biscuits? Any other kinds of cheese you would add to these biscuits?