Left-over biscuits get a second life

A neighbor of ours with a penchant for Bojangles biscuits has become a source of bags of leftovers at our house. Because, actually, her love is for the fillings, not the bread.

Being the daughter of a frugal Virginia homemaker, she hates to see all those buttermilk biscuits go to waste. So she brings them to us.

We usually split them, grate some cheese over them and put them under the broiler until the cheese is nice and bubbly. This softens up the old biscuits and makes a great breakfast.

But what to do with the growing pile in the freezer? A search on the internet turned up dozens of ways to reheat biscuits, but most techniques were followed by the caveat, “tastes almost fresh baked.”

Well, almost isn’t good enough. Not many people are fans of day-old biscuits. For good reasons –  the flavor flattens out and well, hocky pucks come to mind.

So it’s time to get creative. Can you use old biscuits like stale bread? Yep. But beware, they always add a denser texture and a saltier taste.

Here are a few ideas for your next batch of day-old biscuits:

Toss biscuits in the blender or food processor to make course crumbs. Use in meatloaf, ground beef casseroles or your favorite stuffing recipe. Definitely not as a breading for frying – they soak up way too much grease.

Split biscuits open, cut into cubes. Brush with melted butter mixed with your favorite herbs – garlic powder and dried parsley work well.  Bake at 350 degrees, stirring ocassionally,  until crunchy and crispy. Use as croutons in a  salad with fried chicken strips.

Using a pizza cutter, slice biscuits into strips. Roll in melted butter then dip in a sugar/cinnamon mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes.

Pull the soft insides out of biscuits and use the shells as bases for tuna or chicken salad melts.

And, a sure-fire dessert:

Biscuit Brown Betty

3 large biscuits

2 tart apples, peeled

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cardamom

1/2 cup sugar

4 Tbsp. butter, cold

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place biscuits in blender or food processor and chop until they become course crumbs.

Cut apples into thin slices.

Mix cinnamon, cardamom and sugar.

Cut butter into small chunks.

Coat the bottom and sides of a bread loaf pan with cooking spray.

Place a layer of crumbs on the bottom of the pan. Follow with a layer of apples. Sprinkle one third of the sugar mixture and butter over apples. Repeat the layers. Top with remaining crumbs, sugar mixture and butter.

Bake 20-25 minutes.










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