I recently participated in the 2019 Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Recipe Challenge. This year’s Challenge theme was “Diner Food”. As a Southern girl, the first thought that came to my mind was biscuits and gravy. Then as a cheese lover, I couldn’t help but think macaroni and cheese for I always get a side of macaroni and cheese at a diner if not ordering breakfast. To me, country fried steak is just not the same without a side of macaroni and cheese. So as the thoughts of country gravy and mac and cheese swirled around in my head, it became very clear what my entry would be. I had always made macaroni and cheese biscuits with leftover mac and cheese and now I was going to “up the ante” with a Cajun gravy using the Healthy Solutions Cajun Seafood spice blend.
The co-sponsor of this challenge was the Red Arrow Diner , yes, that famous New Hampshire diner since 1922. The Red Arrow Diner is so famous it was even in a recent Jeopardy clue? The clue: “White House hopefuls visit the Red Arrow Diner in this New Hampshire city that’s on the Merrimack River.” The answer: “What is Manchester!” Did you get it correct?
The judges assembled at the diner to decide the winner from the five finalists. It was such a treat for me to see the judges’ reactions as they tasted my dish. They certainly ate the biscuits and gravy a lot more daintily, gently dipping a bite of biscuit into the gravy, as opposed to most of us down south where we smother the biscuit with gravy. I wanted to shout, “Pour the gravy OVER the biscuits” but I didn’t for all the judges seem to be happily nibbling away.
Macaroni, cheese, biscuits, and gravy, what’s not to love? Obviously not much. I am so proud to say that these biscuits honored me a 3rd place win in the challenge. I know eating leftovers are always a win for me, but I’m so delighted others shared in my love of leftovers. Some may say there is no such thing as leftover macaroni and cheese. If that’s true in your house, simply “hide” a portion on the side to make these biscuits.
These biscuits are quite filling, so I call this recipe “Big Cheesy Mac Attack!” The leftover mac and cheese is cut into the flour the same way you would butter. I like the ease of drop biscuits, but if you prefer, dough can be rolled out to 1/3 inch thickness onto a lightly floured board and cut with a small biscuit cutter.
Put on Your TO COOK IS TO CREATE Thinking Cap: Don’t have breakfast sausage, simply omit, or use cooked crumbled bacon, chopped ham, or a leftover crumbled hamburger. Not a traditional cheddar macaroni and cheese fan? Use your favorite. Leftover smoked gouda mac and cheese biscuits are another favorite of mine, especially when served with blueberry preserves. Have bacon or pimentos in your leftover mac and cheese? Even better! Want to add some fresh herbs? Chives are a good one. Think about what you enjoy with your mac and cheese and see if it can be added to the biscuits or the gravy. If you are a cheeseaholic like me, try these biscuits with pimento cheese! Not a biscuits and gravy fan? Serve this biscuits with garlic butter as a side for the dinner. Want to try something healthier? Check out my last Healthy Solutions Spice Blends recipe, Orange Cranberry Pecan Salmon.
FOOD FUN: I love a creative cooking challenge and I also love a company that stands by their product. If you order a spice from Healthy Solutions Spice Blends and don’t like it, simply return it for an exchange or refund. The best part: All of their spices are SALT_FREE! Their “story starts in the heart of the home where relationships and connections happen-in the kitchen.” and they “believe that anyone can be a fabulous cook and that cooking should be fun and easy.” Food fun? I totally agree!