What is better than warm soup on a winter day? Warm soup and warm garlic cheddar biscuits, of course. The best thing is both of these recipes are quick, easy, and yummy. The green onions and roasted red pepper fill this clam chowder with bits of red and green and the bacon gives a boost of deliciousness not normally found in your average clam chowder recipe. Because bacon makes everything better if you ask me.
Luke likes to break his biscuits up into his bowl of chowder and eat everything with his spoon. I like to dunk my biscuits into my bowl while Maddy likes to eat her biscuits and soup separately, eating a whole biscuit before moving on to her chowder. No matter how you eat your chowder and biscuits it is sure to be delicious.
1/3 cup diced bacon
1 medium onion chopped, about a 1/2 cup
1 1/2 cups diced potato
2 6 1/2-ounce cans mined or whole clams
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
2 tablespoons thinly diced roasted red pepper
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Saute bacon, onion and garlic in large saucepan over medium heat until bacon is crisp and onion is tender; drain off bacon fat. Stir in diced potato and cook for 1-2 minutes.
While potato cooks drain clams, reserving liquor. Add enough water, if necessary, to clam liquor to measure 1 cup total. Stir clams, and clam liquor into pan. Heat mixture to boiling then reduce heat and cover, cooking at a low simmer for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
Stir in milk. Heat soup just until hot, making sure not to boil or the soup may curdle. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.
*When short on time you can use precooked bacon, usually found in the deli section of your grocery. When using precooked bacon add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to pan and cook onion and garlic until tender then add bacon to the pot when you add the potatoes.
Easy Garlic Cheddar Biscuits
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter
2 cloves finely minced garlic
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons green thinly sliced green onion
1 cup milk
Heat oven to 450 Fahrenheit.
In medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using pastry blender, or pulling two butter knives through ingredients in opposite directions, cut cold butter into flour until mixture looks like small crumbs. Mix in garlic, cheese and green onion. Add in milk and stir until dough begins to form a large ball in the bowl.
using a spoon, scoop and drop dough into 12 equal mounds on a lightly greased or buttered baking sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Make sure to immediately remove biscuits from cookie sheet to prevent the bottoms from over cooking. Biscuits are best served warm, right out of the oven.
*I like to use 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour when making these biscuits, although they are yummy with just all-purpose flour as well.