Jenni's Favorite Southern Style Biscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup shortening
2 tablespoons butter, chilled
1 cup milk
Heat oven to 450°. Adjust oven rack to center position.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Cut in chilled shortening and butter until you have pieces the size of small peas. Make a well in center of dry ingredients; pour in milk. With a wooden spoon, gently blend dry ingredients into the milk, just until mixture is clumping together. If necessary, add a few more teaspoons of milk.
Optional Herb Cheddar Garlic Biscuits
Add to raw dough, 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder mix onto the after dough it is formed. Proceed with cutting and baking directions above.
After baked: In a small bowl, melt 1 tablespoon butter in the microwave for 10 seconds, then add 1 teaspoon chopped parsley, brush tops. Sprinkle with more shredded cheddar cheese till melted.
Southern Style white gravy to pour over biscuits:
1/2 lb ground sausage
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups cold
Fry the sausage until it's not pink and thoroughly cooked. Drain the grease on a paper towel, saving two tablespoons of sausage grease. Melt the butter in a clean fry pan, add the flour a little at a time over medium heat, whisking constantly.
Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Stir in cold milk a little at a time, whisking evenly. When thickened add sausage.
Add salt and pepper to taste.