Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cheddar Ranch Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich

These are pretty amazing and a total mouth full in more ways that one.

Just try to say it three times fast... Cheddar Ranch Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich.... Okay. I give up.
Oh, how delicious it is though. And to be honest the Cheddar Ranch Buttermilk Biscuit really steels the show. It was my main inspiration for the sandwich to begin with. I brought these biscuits to a friend's birthday barbeque and they were an amazing hit. 

I was smart enough to make a double batch so we would have some left at the house.
That's where this breakfast delight came into play. I woke up inspired and nearly tripped over my dirty clothes on the floor to get to the kitchen and whip this up this morning.

Talk about a new reason to get out of bed. It's almost as good a reason as fresh brewed coffee.

I love coffee.

And I love these biscuits.. I mean straight up delicious and easy. You can eat them plain or you can put egg and ham in the middle (like I did) or you can top them with gravy. Why not?

And you won't believe me when I tell you that they aren't bad for you! I mean it! Just look at the inside! Doesn't it just make your mouth water?
They are delicious and lower in fat then their cousins you find at the fast food joints.

Still not a beleiver? 

Just read the recipe and stop by the Nutritional Skinny at the bottom. I don't lie. Ever. This recipe shaves off nearly 100 calories, 17 grams of fat and adds almost ten grams of protein. Now that's the right way to start the day!

Plus, if you prefer Blue Cheese dressing or Cesear Dressing over ranch go ahead and use those. But, really? I've never met anyone who doesn't like ranch dressing. Come on. It's RANCH DRESSING! You can also use those new yummy yogurt dressings!

However, there are delicious variations like using fresh shredded Parmesan cheese and sprinkling rosemary instead of parsley... Yum! My mouth just started watering...

But enough about me.. let's get on with the recipe!

Cheddar Ranch Buttermilk Biscuits

1 1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 tbs Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Coarse Sea Salt

2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tbsp. Dried Parsley
1 1/4 cups of Low Fat Buttermilk (It may need a little more like 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup Low Fat Ranch Dressing
1 cup 2% Cheddar Cheese; Shredded

1. Spray a baking sheet with canola oil cooking spray and preheat oven to 425. 
2. Combine the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and sea salt.
3. Now comes the fun part... add the garlic powder and dried parsley in a large bowl. Stir together with a wire whisk to combine the ingredients.
4. Then add the buttermilk and ranch dressing. Stir to combine and then add the shredded cheese.  It will be a thick and moist dough.
5. Turn the dough onto a clean and floured surface and roll out using a floured rolling pin until it's about 1 inch thick. Then use a floured pint glass and cut out circle biscuits. It should make 12 round biscuits. Continue to roll and combine dough until it's all used. Then place each biscuit onto the cookie sheet. 
6. Brush each biscuit with egg whites and sprinkle a tiny bit more of the dried parsley and any left over cheddar cheese you may have on the top. Bake for 15 minutes.

7. Remove and serve immediately! These little beauties are something to be treasured warm and go great with anything!

Servings: 12

Nutritional Skinny:

 123.2 calories / 2.7 g fat / 18 g carbohydrates / 1.2 g fiber / 5.7 g protein

Cheddar Ranch Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich
1 Cheddar Ranch Buttermilk Biscuit
2 Pieces Fresh Lower Sodium Ham
1 Egg

1. Slice your biscuit in half.
2. Heat a pan and add the two slices of ham and sizzle on each side for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and set on top of one half of the biscuit.
3. Add the egg to the pan and cook on each side for 1-2 minutes depending on how you like your fried egg. Add to the top of the ham and top with the biscuit.
4. Eat immediately with some orange slices and juice!

Servings: 1

Nutritional Skinny:

273 calories / 11.1 g fat / 18.8 g carbohydrates / 1.2 g fiber / 17.3 g protein

Mental Health Tip: When we think of biscuits we think ooey gooey and bad for us. Not necessarily so. These add a little extra fiber with the whole wheat and by using reduced fat cheese and ranch dressing we save some unnecessary fat without shaving flavor. You can add some protein and fiber by using those new and delicious Yogurt Ranch Dressings. You can also use fat free cheddar if you want, but I think a little fat in the cheese goes a long way! And this is the perfect start to a long busy day and is sure to give you the protein and good carbohydrates that will easily carry you to your next meal!

Let's get this day started right, shall we?

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