Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jalapeno Ricotta Biscuits

Need something spicy to change things up a bit? These biscuits are fairly easy and are definitely spicy.
Sue and I thought we had better throw some non-sweet baked goodies into the mix for the upcoming 18th Annual Lillooet Craft Fair.
We have made a million...wait....maybe closer to a bazillion.....cookies, brownies, pies, cakes, candies, etc... but not really a lot of savory things.
These are definitely savory. You can make them as spicy as you can handle.

Jalapeno Ricotta Biscuits

3 cups flour
2 Tbsp baking powder
pinch sea salt
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1/3 cup cold butter, cubed
1 cup milk (plus 1 - 2 Tbsp extra)

Spicy Cheese Filling
1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
1 cup aged cheddar, grated
1/2 cup salsa
1 - 2 Tbsp pickled jalapeno peppers, minced
1 - 2 cloves garlic, minced

Preheat oven to 375. Line cookie tray with parchment paper.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, dried parsley in a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir, adding enough milk to form a soft dough. (Start with 1 cup and see if you need to add extra to have it stick together)
Turn onto lightly floured surface and gently knead 4 - 5 times. Gently roll out to 10 X 15 rectangle.

Spicy Cheese Filling ingredients

Combine the ingredients for the cheese filling, stirring until combined.

Remember to leave about 1/2 inch around the edges so you can seal the roll.

Spread over dough, leaving about 1/2 inch around edges to seal. Roll up jelly roll style. Pinch dough at edges to seal. Cut into 1 inch slices.
Bake at 375 for 15 - 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

If you like things spicy then use the maximum amounts or jalapenos and garlic, and use hot salsa. Still not hot enough for you?? (That makes you crazy, just so you know) Consider adding a sprinkle of cayenne to your dough....
 If you are like me, and can barely handle smelling spicy stuff let alone eating it, then use the minimum amounts and use mild salsa.  

These are great snack for the kids as well. You can take them out of the freezer and microwave them for a few seconds and they are good to go.
Great with soup for dinner or to grab for breakfast as you are headng out the door.
We hope you give them a try.  

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