Cheddar Biscuits with Caramelized Onion Gravy
Meatless Biscuits and Gravy Erin McDowell

Some say it’s a science; some say it’s the decades of practice; some say it’s the large quantity of butter. But we’ll never really know what makes our local greasy spoon’s biscuits and gravy so darn good. Rather than try to replicate their secret recipe, we present our meatless--yet equally satisfying--take on the Southern classic. We add cheddar cheese to our simple buttermilk biscuits, and use caramelized onions in place of meat in our rich gravy. It all comes together in less than an hour, so you don’t need to save this dish for weekend brunch. (And if you add a side of breakfast sausage to the plate, we won’t tell anyone.)

  • Makes 4 servings
  • Start to Finish: 45 minutes

Ingredients

Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

¾ teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup buttermilk

Gravy

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

¼ cup all-purpose flour

1½ cups half-and-half

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Make the biscuits: In the bowl of a food processor, mix the flour with the baking powder and salt to combine. Add the butter and pulse until it’s the size of peas. Dump the mixture into a medium bowl, and stir in the cheddar cheese and buttermilk.

3. Scoop out 4 mounds of dough (about 3 inches in diameter each) and place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown on top, 15 to 17 minutes. Cool slightly.

4. While the biscuits bake, make the gravy: Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over high heat. Add the onion, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Set aside.

5. In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture turns light brown, 4 to 6 minutes.

6. Gradually add the half-and-half to the flour mixture, whisking vigorously to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the caramelized onions, then season the gravy with salt and pepper.

7. To serve, cut the warm biscuits in half and place the bottom halves on separate plates. Cover each portion generously with gravy and a pinch of cayenne pepper, then place the top halves over the gravy. Serve immediately.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • Make it a meal: Top your biscuits and gravy with a fried egg (everybody wins).

  • Wash it all down with a cup of iced coffee. Click here to see how to make it.