Monday, April 21, 2014

Homemade Biscuit Mix, Cheese Sausage Balls, Cheese Biscuits

I LOVE looking for homemade cheaper versions of things we need.  Every time I mix up a batch of homemade baby wipes, I think, 75 cents for 70 wipes sure beats the going rate at any store.

One area I constantly look to save money in, is feeding my family of 10.  This Biscuit Mix recipe is pretty fast to mix up and then you just keep it in your pantry until you need it.  Instead of spending 10 minutes to wrangle the crew into seatbelts and head to the store, spend 10 minutes to put this together. 

In addition to the recipes listed below, this recipe can be used in place of any recipe that calls for Bisquick (like Impossible Pumpkin Pie).

Biscuit Mix
(Mom's Recipe Book Copyright 1996)

Makes about 11 cups biscuit mix.
Preparation time:  10 minutes

8 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
3/4 cup dry milk powder
2 cups shortening

1.  Combine all ingredients, except shortening, until well blended. 
2.  Cut in shortening until size of small peas.
3.  Store mix at room temperature.

VARIATION:  WHOLE WHEAT BISCUIT MIX:  Substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour and Use 1/2 cup baking powder instead of the above listed 4 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon.

We have made it with whole wheat flour.  As far as making biscuits from the recipe, I don't recommend it with the whole wheat.  They're too crumbly.  But other recipes like cheese sausage balls, whole wheat works great and you don't even notice! 

The next two recipes are great starter recipes for kids learning to cook.  My 4-year old twins and 3-year old helped make Cheese Sausage Balls last time we had it.  Please use caution and practice safe oven use with children.

Cheese Sausage Balls
(Mom's Recipe Book Copyright 1996)

Yields about 6 dozen 1-inch balls.
Preparation time:  7 minutes
Baking time:  15 to 20 minutes

2 cups Biscuit Mix (see above)
1/2 pound pork sausage
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (high-altitude 375).
2.  Knead all ingredients together 10 times.
3.  Form 3/4-inch balls; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Did I mention these are FREEZER FRIENDLY?  They can be frozen and reheat just like fresh! 

Cheese Biscuits  (I remember making this when I was probably 9.)
(Mom's Recipe Book Copyright 1996)

Yields 16 biscuits.
Preparation time:  8 minutes
Baking time:  12 to 14 minutes

2 1/2 cups Biscuit Mix (see above)
3/4 cup grated cheese
1/2 to 3/4 cup water or milk

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees (high-altitude 475).
2.  Stir cheese into Biscuit Mix.
3.  Stir liquid into dry.
4.  Knead dough 10 times only.
5.  Form dough into a ball and roll out to 1/2-inch thickness.  Cut with 2-inch biscuit cutter.
6.  Bake for 12 to 14 minutes on a lightly greased cookie sheet until golden. 

Stay tuned later this week for Cream Cheese Brownies!

1 comment:

Susie J. said...

I have a version similar to these sausage balls, which I use as my go-to meatloaf/meatball recipe. I mix beef and sausage (the ratio varies, but usually more sausage than beef) with an envelope of Lipton Savory Herb soup mix, then mix in some bisquick and shredded cheese. SOOOO good. I get tons of compliments every time, and the kids actually shout for joy when they find out we're having meatloaf for dinner!


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