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A Quick Bread Makes Entertaining Easy – Parmesan Butter Pan Biscuits

I mentioned in my blog last Thursday that I recently had a young family from my neighborhood over for dinner.  Kirby and Anne brought their toddler Kendall and I also included my son, Ryan, and his wife, Amanda.  Cheesy Tomato Basil Chicken Breasts was the main dish that night.  I wanted to serve a quick and easy bread that would complement the chicken so I chose Parmesan Butter Pan Biscuits.

Biscuits are one of my favorite quick breads because they use simple ingredients, are quick and easy to make, and everyone loves them.  This particular recipe dresses up a standard biscuit with the addition of Parmesan cheese and some herbs – parsley and basil.  I knew the basil in the biscuits would taste great with the basil in the chicken.

The one problem I encountered was that the chicken dish baked at 350°F while the biscuits needed an oven temperature of 400°F.  To solve the problem I decided to bake the biscuits before I put the chicken in the oven.  I was careful to only bake them until they were very lightly browned.  Then, once I took the chicken out of the oven I popped the biscuits back in the oven for about 5 minutes to warm them up.   They turned out great!  My guests even had seconds.

To make Parmesan Butter Pan Biscuits heat the oven to 400°F.  Place the butter in an 8-inch baking pan, then, place the pan in the oven.  In about 3 to 5 minutes the butter will be melted.  Remove the pan from the oven.


While the butter is melting, combine all the remaining ingredients except the milk in a medium bowl.


Mix all the ingredients to combine and add the milk.


Stir just until the flour mixture is moistened.


Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 10 times or until smooth.


Roll the dough into a 12x4-inch rectangle.


Cut into 12 (1-inch) strips.


Dip each strip into the melted butter and then place the coated strip in the pan.


Here is what it will look like when all 12 strips are coated and in the pan.  Note that I made two rows of six strips each.


Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned.


Quick, easy and delicious – definitely good enough for entertaining!


I encourage you to give Parmesan Pan Biscuits a try and then come back and let me know what you think.  You can leave me a comment, and rate and review the recipe.

Come back in a few days when Amanda will share a dip recipe perfect for entertaining during your favorite game.

Becky Wahlund is the Director of the Test Kitchens for Land O'Lakes and writes for our Recipe Buzz® Blog.


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I am having a cook off dinner this Friday night where several couples will be cooking parts of the meal - all in the kitchen at once. Can I either prepare them ahead of time and then cook them with the chicken dish? Or can I cook them in early afternoon before everyone comes and then just reheat them.

Posted Sep 11 2013 by Barbara
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If I were you I would bake the pan biscuits earlier in the day and then re-heat them at serving time. They will be just fine. When there are several people in the kitchen at one time it seems it would be easier if you did not have to bake the rolls, too. The party sounds like fun!
Posted September 12, 2013

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