Delicious cheddar biscuits. The flavor of the garlic-parsley butter slathered on top is to-die-for!
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. vegetable shortening, at room temperature
4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 oz. grated yellow cheddar cheese (about 1 1/4 cups)
3/4 cup whole milk
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425 F. Lightly mist a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
Pulse the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add the shortening and pulse until combined. Add the butter; pulse 4 or 5 times, or until the butter is in pea-size pieces. Add the cheese and pulse 2 or 3 times. Pour in the milk and pulse just until the mixture is moistened and forms a shaggy dough. Turn out onto a clean surface and gently knead until the dough comes together. Do not overwork the dough or the biscuits will be tough.
Drop the dough onto the baking sheet in scant 1/4-cup portions, 2 inches apart, and bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
Melt the butter with the garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley. Brush the biscuits with the garlic butter and serve warm.