The thwap of a can of biscuits opening against a kitchen counter can be enough to bring kids into the kitchen, eager to help unroll the package and place the doughy goodness into a pan. Biscuits aren’t just for dredging through gravy on a plate, though; they are also a handy staple that stretches your culinary talents as well as your pocketbook. Watch your grocery ads closely and when biscuits go on sale, combine the savings with a coupon and you’ll have the basis for several meals.
Before your kids head to the breakfast table, press a biscuit into individual muffin tins and top with cooked, crumbled sausage or your favorite breakfast meats, beaten eggs mixed with seasoning mix and any type of cheese that suits your family. They’ll have a full breakfast in one little breakfast quiche, and they can grab one for the road, too. When company is coming on the weekend, toss biscuits into a tube cake pan and drizzle with melted butter that’s mixed with your favorite pudding mix before baking. You’ll have a pull-apart monkey cake that may not be light on the waistline, but will be a delicious indulgence. If your kids are bright-eyed in the morning, let them help you open the can by gently pressing the side of a spoon into the seam.
The size of leftover biscuits makes them a perfect addition to the lunchbox, and you can offer a smorgasbord of sandwiches: a classic peanut butter and jelly, a deli meat and cheese or perhaps a breakfast meat biscuit. On a weekend, make biscuit pizza with the kids. Allow them to place the biscuits in the bottom of a baking pan and top with a jarred or leftover pizza sauce and cheese. If you have leftover crumbled sausage or hamburger meat, pull it out and add it to the sauce -- the goal is to spend no extra money on lunch. While the pizza cooks, you can work a puzzle together or play a game of cards. Another classic idea is to offer pigs in blankets, or you can do dogs in blankets with regular-size hot dogs instead.
If your favorite childhood soup was chicken and dumplings, pull out leftover chicken soup or canned chicken noodle soup and add pinches of biscuit dough to the soup. In the time it takes for the dough to cook in the hot broth, you can put laundry in the washing machine and quiz your kids on their multiplication tables. Kids love individual meals, so pull out your muffin tin again and press a biscuit into each tin that's topped with leftover meat and barbecue sauce or leftover cheeseburger macaroni. Biscuits top a homemade pot pie mixed together with frozen vegetables, meat, condensed soup and seasoning mix.
Get your kids in the cooking game by giving them small, round-pointed scissors to cut up biscuits that are baked with a drizzle of melted butter and your favorite sweet spices, and you’ll have a modified Italian zeppole. A variation on that theme is to flash fry them in oil, or microwave a leftover biscuit for 10 seconds and spoon butterscotch or chocolate pudding over an open-faced biscuit.
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- Montana State University; Mealtime Solutions; January 2011
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