Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits | My First Time Hosting Brunch

by simplylife on March 4, 2013

Let’s talk breakfast here for a moment. I know I usually post about dinner, but breakfast is really my favorite meal of the day. Brunch to be exact.  I get to have coffee and I can always seem to find more room in my stomach first thing in the morning, rather than just before going to bed.

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We recently decided to host brunch for the first time.  Why haven’t I done this before?  The options are endless, it’s usually a lot cheaper than traditional “dinner” meals and who doesn’t love breakfast foods?

I’m glad I’ve convinced you.

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So let’s get out our necessary ingredients.  First, and possibly most important, when you’re making brunch for friends, it’s necessary to get the first pot of coffee brewing as you’re pulling out the recipe.  This recipe is slightly involved, but having that cup of coffee to sip on as you chop ingredients makes all the work fun.

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And let’s be real here.  Two things that we know will make any recipe delicious: cheese and butter.  I was sent coupons for these Kerrygold products and had a hunch that Irish cheese and butter would make a pretty good biscuit.

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Yeah, I was right.

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Okay, now let’s get down to business and talk biscuits.  They may sound scary to make, but they’re really not. I promise.

Start by mixing together your dough.

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Then flatten out your dough (but not too much; you want those biscuits to have some umph!).  Cut out the biscuits using a biscuit-cutter (thanks, mom!) or by turning a glass upside down.

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Then brush your egg wash over the tops of each biscuit to give it that nice golden brown color.

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Pop them in the oven and allow them to bake.  Seriously, if you can bake cookies (which you can), you can make biscuits.

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You should host brunch.  And make these.  Mmm, k?

This recipe is from Smitten Kitchen. I will not be posting the recipe as I followed it nearly exactly (!!!) except I used plain old skim milk (what we had in the fridge at the time) rather than buttermilk.  I loved the crunchy-yet-fluffy texture of these, and every bite is a cheesy, spicy mixture of goodness. Oh, and as she mentions in the original recipe- you really want to make sure you use 2 jalapeños to get the heat; 1 keeps it too mild.

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Along with these biscuits, one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast is granola.  I would eat it multiple times a day, if it was sufficient to live off.  But instead, I’m just trying to pace myself through the delicious variety of granola sent to me compliments of Lucy’s Granola.

Their granola comes in 5 flavors: Extra Seedy, Gluten Free, Original, Really Nutty Pecan and Naughty Chocolate.  Lucy and her teenage daughters literally turn every tiny batch of granola by hand, and and use local ingredients products from independent businesses as much as possible.  Just from a few emails back and forth, I can tell she is passionate about what she does…and as sweet as can be. :)

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First, I have to tell you about the toffee bars. O.M.G.  I wish I had better words (or letters) to describe these but words simply won’t do them justice.  These are incredible and way too addicting.  Just imagine lightly toasted original granola bound together by chocolate and finished with a sprinkle of sea salt.  Ugh. I just can’t explain what perfection of flavors these bars hold.

Now, let’s get to the granola.  I first poured myself a bowl of the Original Granola and topped it with fresh blueberries.  I really like the texture of this granola.  It’s noticeably lighter than most other granolas on the market and just slightly sweet.  It pairs perfectly with yogurt, milk and simply eaten by the handful.

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Lucy’s Granola is based out of Maine.  You can buy their products online or find where it’s sold here.

 

~Have you ever hosted brunch? What is your favorite brunch food?

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  • http://twitter.com/Zomppa Zomppa

    Brunch is one of the best meals possible…I’m with you on these biscuits!

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Loooove brunch! We had friends over for brunch this past weekend :)

    These biscuits look phenomenal! Perfect brunch item!

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I host dinner parties all the time, but not brunch! You may have just convinced me :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh you should DEFINITELY do it!! =)

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    Gah, these look incredible!! I do love brunch but we also tend to host dinners instead – seems easier to schedule but I’m definitely going to reconsider this approach!

  • a farmer in the dell

    I want to come over for brunch! These sound amazing!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Please do! =)

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I have to admit I’d probably get rid of the jalepenos (not a big fan) but these look delicious!!! I love a good cheesy biscuit!

  • http://twitter.com/kimslittlelife Kim of Mo’Betta

    Those biscuits look amazing! I do love my bread. We have brunch every Christmas Eve at my parents’ house, I love breakfast food, and like you said, possibilities for brunch are endless! My favorite part would be the mimosas :-) (After I’ve had my coffee of course)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      haha, sounds like a fun way to celebrate the holidays!

  • camille

    We don’t host nearly enough of anything. I’m a fan of brunch because I can’t eat in the mornings, but I miss breakfast food (see also: breakfast for dinner), and brunch is usually late enough that I can still eat it. I’ve recently gotten my husband to realize it isn’t just for yuppies and gaggles of girlfriends by living near a great brunch place (Canary Square, in JP, if you’re wondering… our old apartment was a couple blocks away). So now the possibilities are endless…

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oooh I’ve seen Canary Square but haven’t eaten there yet- good to know! :)

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    It’s been too long since I hosted a brunch party. Can’t go wrong with cheese biscuits…they look like they came out perfectly!

  • http://rpsmiles.com/category/latest-news Del Mar Dentist

    What an interesting food to serve during brunch. Will this jalapeno cheddar biscuit can be eaten while having coffee? Will it make the biscuit more spicy?

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I love brunch but never had a chance to host any! These biscuits are absolutely decadent!

  • decocinasytacones

    Breakfast is also my favourite meal of the day. I love to have freshly squeezed orange juice, some bread with rubbed garlic, rubbed tomatoes and jabugo jam, or some rubbed tomatoes and ham. I also take nuts, or sometimes toasts with blackcurrant preserve…oh….my mouth is watering right now. Those biscuits look yummy!!!, what a shame we don´t do brunches in here.
    Love
    Marialuisa

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh your breakfasts sound amazing!

  • Mom

    Okay honey, you had me with the first picture…talk about being infatuated! I want to make these biscuits minus the jalapeno. I love, love, love your step-by-step photos! What a kindness to anyone who is a little intimidated !! What a great review you gave of these granola products..would love to try them!

  • http://wayfaringchocolate.com Hannah

    Oh my, that looks so good! Golden cheese!

  • http://twitter.com/tri2cook Shannon G

    oh wow, those look incredible!!! brunch is my favorite, too, so i’m all about these savory biscuits :)

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I love hosting brunches! I haven’t hosted one recently, but I did a bunch in the last few years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/urvashi.agarwal.9465 Urvashi Agarwal

    These biscuits look utterly delicious my friend :D

    Cheers
    CCU
    http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    These look so yummy! I love cheddar and jalapeno together in breads/biscuits. Kerrygold rules. There’s nothing like real butter from pastured cows!

  • Adri {Food-N-Thought}

    Yum! I will tell you that one of my fave snacks is cubed cheese with pickled jalapeños… them in warm dough I’ll take!

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