Is there anything better than a pillowy soft drop biscuit warm from the oven with some butter melted over it? Tender drop biscuits made with buttermilk are one of my favorite quick sides for dinner and I’ve made them even better by adding zucchini, cheese, and herbs to make zucchini cheddar biscuits. They are extra moist from the zucchini, tangy from the cheese and buttermilk, and have a little zing from the fresh herbs. These are drop biscuits taken to the next level!
- 1/2 cup shredded peeled zucchini
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 cup shredded cheddar
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 450F.
Mix together shredded zucchini and salt and set aside.
Pulse the flour, baking powder, and baking soda in the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal and there are no large lumps of butter left, about 6 1-second pulses. Add the cheddar and herbs and pulse once or twice to combine.
Add the buttermilk and pulse a few times, until the dough gathers into clumps. Scrape the biscuit dough into a large bowl.
Wrap the zucchini in a cloth or paper towel and squeeze it to remove all the water. Once you have squeezed out all the water you can, add it to the dough, mix it in, and form the dough into a rough ball.
Divide the dough into 12 portions and lightly shape them into balls. Place the biscuits on cookie sheets, 6 biscuits per sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
If you are using a hard, Northern flour (like King Arthur Flour), I would recommend using one cup of all-purpose and one cup of cake flour. This will produce a more tender, softer biscuit.
Make some extra shredded cheese and chopped herbs to top each biscuit before you put them in the oven. It’s not necessary, but it’s a nice touch and makes the tops a little extra brown and cheesy.
If you are using a young zucchini, you don’t need to peel it since the skin is thin and tender.