Thursday, January 3, 2013

Quick Ham and Cheese Biscuits – a low fat version of fast food breakfast



These ham and cheese biscuits are perfect for days when you are in a hurry and don’t have time to make a sit-down breakfast. You could call them homemade fast food. They are a great “on the go” portable breakfast that can be held in one hand.

Kids as well as husbands love these ham and cheese biscuits. They’re perfect to eat in the car on the way to school or work. Or take a bag with you on an early morning fishing trip, which is where this boat looks like it’s headed as he motored past our lanai last week.



To make these biscuits light, the shortening (or butter in many recipes) was left out and the amount of low-fat milk was increased for moistness. Because the biscuits contain no shortening, they are lower in fat and calories than fast food joint biscuits. However, for that same reason, they don’t keep as well, so wrap them carefully if you are not going to eat them right away. I find that if you use extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, the biscuits will have more cheese flavor.

The biscuits come together in a matter of minutes. After mixing, simply drop them onto a baking pan (no rolling or cutting necessary), stick them in the oven, and in less than 25 minutes breakfast is ready. It is also a great way to use left-over ham.



Quick Ham and Cheese Biscuits – a low fat version of fast food breakfast
Adapted from Cooking Light – yield 1 dozen

Cooking spray
1 ½ cups chopped ham, about ½ pound, low fat preferable
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons baking powder
Dash or two of ground red pepper (cayenne), optional
1 cup 1% low-fat milk

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 10” nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat until hot. Add ham and sauté until lightly browned, about 3 - 4 minutes. Combine the ham, flour, cheese, baking powder, and red pepper in bowl. Add the milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Drop biscuit batter by heaping tablespoons onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 22 minutes. Yield 12 biscuits.




This will be shared with Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farms, Miz Helen’s Country Kitchen Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday at Simple Recipes, Foodtastic Friday at Not Your Ordinary Recipes, Seasonal Sunday at the Tablescaper, Chicken Chick, Carol's Chatter Food on Friday, and On the Menu Monday at Stone Gable.

Have a great weekend everyone. 


48 comments:

  1. I am so impressed with these; your photos are always perfection Sam. This recipe is a must try; I can almost taste the goodness.
    Rita

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  2. They look and sound absolutely delicious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Sam- I've been looking for great make-ahead breakfasts and this will fit the bill nicely. Definitely pinning to make soon. Thanks!

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  4. Easy, lo-cal AND with cheese! Looks good to me!

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  6. With -11F rigt now..sitting in a lanai watching a cute boat go by eating some of your biscuits sounds like a lovely holiday!

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  7. I love the idea of an all in one breakfast. Especially for my hurried teens. I will pin and make soon.

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  8. I love biscuits but rarely make them. With this recipe I wouldn't need to worry and could indulge more often! Thanks Sam!

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  9. This looks so good. I have pinned it and look forward to making it. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  10. What a fabulous idea and perfect way to start the year. Hubby always takes breakfast with him and this will be a nice change of pace. I'll surprise him with them. Thanks
    Happy New Year.

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  11. Looks pretty and stunning photos. Timely. I am afraid i made quite merry over the Holidays

    Dave

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  12. Baking the ham and cheese right into the biscuits, what a simple but great idea! I always make a regular sandwich. I just happen to have a bunch of leftover ham, this is coming at a great time! :)

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  13. Very nice Sam - I didn't know there was such a thing as a low fat biscuit :-)

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  14. I'm such a slacker when it comes to eating a good breakfast. This looks like a perfect way to start a day is a tasty and healthy way. Way to keep me from overdoing, Sam! (I envy your view!)

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  15. Sam, wish I had one now. I will definitely keep this recipe. Thanks.

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  16. Looking forward to trying these!

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  17. Wow do these ever look delicious! I'll have to try them without meat for my vegetarian daughter.

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  18. Yes - will make these. Have been cooking a lot off of your blog lately! And it's been fun and tasty! Happy 2013! One more time. Cause you cannot do too many well-wishes.

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  19. I can finish a whole dozen at one go! They look fingerlicking, Sam.

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  20. Sam, the biscuits look wonderful....I know my husband would be thrilled if I made him some. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  21. These sound like a much healthier version of the sausage biscuits I used to make. They look delicious. What a view you have!

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  22. Sounds like a great recipe to try Sam-bookmarked:@)

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  23. Sam, these biscuits are going on my list of favorites for breakfast. I can taste them right now. Um-um! And low fat, too.

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  24. Wonderful savoury tasty biscuits! I ove them! They look stunning too! :) MMMM!

    Happy 2013!!

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  25. My new favorite biscuit, low fat, good to make when the family is here.

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  26. Wow, that's simple. Would be good for breakfast or great with a bowl of soup.

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  27. Wonderful low-fat version of cheese and ham biscuits, Sam! Even in the north-land they get their due respect :)

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  28. I'd never be able to eat just one (as the old potato chip ad once said), therefore I'd blow my diet, and it would be partially your fault Sam! LOL! Thanks for the delicious recipe! Love the boat too!!

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  29. and here I am fantasizing about breakfast while the rest of the house sleeps. I think it's time to go bang some pots around and fire up the oven.

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  30. Hi Sam,
    What a great little biscuit. I am sure putting this recipe in my grab and go file, we will just love them.

    Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  31. These are very beautiful biscuits! I like that there is so much flavor packed.

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  32. Yum, Sam! I bet these smell amazing as they bake too! Love that photo of the boat, makes me feel like summer :)

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  33. These look addictive. I'm not sure I could limit myself to just one!

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  34. these look great love that they are a healthy version

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  35. Gotta try this! I do love a biscuit for breakfast! Thanks
    Jenna

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  36. Oh, Sam, these look great and would be perfect for those lazy evenings when we just have soup but want something bready and tasty to accompany it. And lower in fat is even better. Bookmarked! Great for a lighter lunch or dinner in my house!

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  37. Ham and cheese in a biscuit - yum! Lovely. I wish I was going on a fishing trip this morning. Maybe you could throw a few biscuits at them and they would come back and pick you up. Have a lovely week!

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  38. These biscuits look great...I ham and cheese are perfect and I think I could have these biscuits at anytime of the day.
    Happy 2013 and a great week ahead Sam!

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  39. oh biscuits! How i love thee! Gonna miss biscuits like these since going GF but like you said in your sweet sweet comment (that truly meant the world to me) I'm gonna get creative and make GF biscuits that hopefully will taste just like these! Thanks again for your support and words!

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  40. OMG these look sooooo good!! Gotta try them. xo

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  41. Yum! Just wish I had one now! Looks like a perfect breakfast to me!

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  42. These really look good. Do they freeze well? To answer your question on my blog – my daughter has Good Reads but I don’t. I don’t have a working cell phone right now and never had any app. For a while I placed the books I read on Library Thing (http://www.librarything.com/) but I have not kept it us as I take photos of the covers and list the books on a document.

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    1. These are very good, but if I knew I was going to have left-overs, I would make a smaller batch rather than freeze them. They dry out if left uncovered because of the absence of butter and shortening, so I don't believe they would freeze well.
      Sam

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  43. A healthy snack to start the day. Looks Yummy! Thank you dear.

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  44. Sam, thanks for joining the breakfast fun over at Carole's Chatter. Cheers

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