I am not a huge football fan but I do love having a crowd over, or attending the tailgate party, hanging out, and enjoying good company. Here is an easy tailgate menu: White Bean Oregano Chili, which I raved about in my previous blog entry, along with tastey Cheddar Chive Biscuits, and a big caesar salad. Everything can be made in advance, which makes it all the more fun when gathering with friends. The Cheddar Chive Biscuits can be made with real cheddar, or if you want to do them dairy-free, use Daiya Cheddar – it is the best cheese substitute we have ever tried! Our three year old — who is totally dairy intollerant, loves it and in fact refuses to share with others.
I love to put our a pot of chile with all the fixin’s: cheddar cheese (and Daiya Cheese for dairy-free people), chopped green onions, crushed organic corn chips, and sour cream.
Click here for the Chili Recipe.
Cheddar (or Daiya) Cheese Chive Biscuits
Makes 12 biscuits
2 cups All Purpose Baking Mix from The Pure Pantry
½ tsp. sea salt
¼ cup cold butter (or butter alternative, such as Earth Balance Buttery Sticks)
½ cups buttermilk (or rice milk with 2 tsp. cider vinegar)
2 beaten eggs (or egg replacer, such as Ener-G Foods brand)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese (or shredded Daiya cheese alternative)
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives (optional)
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
In large mixing bowl combine baking mix, baking powder and salt. Cut butter into small pieces with knife. Using your fingers, mix the butter into the flour so that there are no lumps of butter. Add the buttermilk (or rice milk and vinegar) and beaten eggs (or egg replacer) to the flour and combine with a fork. Add the cheese (or cheese alternative), onion powder and chives, if desired. Do not over stir.
Using a large spoon, drop the dough onto a greased cookie sheet, at least 3 inches apart. For a more uniformed look, roll out dough to ½ inch thickness. Dip a biscuit cutter or or top of a wide mouth glass jar into gluten-free flour blend and cut out biscuits. Place cut out biscuits on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.