Aged-Cheddar Biscuits with Peppered Ham Gravy

Give your biscuits a hint of color by using orange cheddar. For white biscuits, use white cheddar.

Aged-Cheddar Biscuits with Peppered Ham Gravy
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
14 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup butter

  • 1 ½ cup shredded aged sharp cheddar cheese (6 ounces)

  • 1 ½ cup milk

  • Milk

  • 1 recipe Peppered Ham Gravy

Peppered Ham Gravy

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 ½ cup cubed ham

  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 cup cold milk

  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried sage, crushed

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add cheese; mix well. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the 1 1/2 cups milk all at once. Using a fork, stir just until moistened.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing it just until dough holds together. Pat or lightly roll dough until 3/4 inch thick. Cut dough with a floured 2- to 2 1/2-inch round cutter; reroll scraps as necessary. Dip cutter into flour between cuts.

  3. Place dough rounds 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with additional milk. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack. (To serve today, cool biscuits slightly. Omit Steps 4 and 5 and continue as directed in Step 6.)

  4. Cool biscuits completely. Place in a resealable freezer bag; seal, label, and freeze for up to 2 months.

  5. Thaw biscuits at room temperature (allow about 2 hours). If desired, preheat oven to 350°F. Place biscuits on a baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or just until heated through.

  6. Split biscuits and place on serving plates. Top with Peppered Ham Gravy.

Peppered Ham Gravy

  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add ham and onion. Cook until ham is browned and onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir flour into ham mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Stir in pepper and sage. If desired, stir in parsley. Serve immediately. (Or place in an airtight container; cover. Chill for up to 48 hours. In a medium saucepan reheat gravy over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through. If necessary, stir in enough additional milk to make desired consistency.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

562 Calories
30g Fat
50g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 562
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 1318mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 494.7mg 38%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 409mg 9%
Folate, total 112.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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