Caramelized Onion and Gruyère Biscuits

Photo by Olivia Rae James

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50 1½-inch biscuits

  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 4 ounces plus one tablespoon butter, shredded, divided
  • 8 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour (preferably White Lily)
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups half-and-half
  1. Cut onion into small dice. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion and caramelize over medium low heat. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine shredded butter and cheese and chill.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, thyme, and salt.
  4. Cut cheese and butter into dry ingredients until combined.
  5. Add onion and half-and-half and mix to form dough.
  6. Roll out on a floured surface to ½ inch thick and then cut into 1½-inch biscuits.
  7. Place biscuits on a parchment-lined sheet pan and bake in a 375-degree oven for 15 minutes or until lightly brown. Alternatively, if you would like to give unbaked biscuits as a gift, place sheet pan in the freezer to let unbaked biscuits freeze. Once they are frozen place a square of parchment paper between the biscuits. Wrap in parchment and tie with baker’s twine or place the frozen biscuits in a cast iron skillet and wrap in a tea towel to present to your favorite host or hostess. Tie a small bundle of fresh thyme to the top of either the parchment-wrapped biscuits or the cast iron skillet. Keep frozen until they are delivered.
  • from TLP Test Kitchen, Charleston, SC

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