Call me traditional, but when it comes to southern cooking I look for those basic foods that are the cornerstone to a delicious meal. Like crispy fried chicken, smoky braised greens, or a fluffy, soft biscuit. A biscuit thats topped with gravy or simply a biscuit that’s slathered with butter.
But here’s the thing, when you need to avoid gluten it feels next to impossible to rely on those staples, because… well to be honest… most often the gluten-free version just isn’t even close to the original.
No worries, though. My passion is creating recipes that make dietary changes, like going gluten-free, a little more delicious!
Not only are these Southern Cast Iron Butter Drop Biscuits completely gluten-free, they are truthfully and honestly so super yummy. Hence why didn’t specifically title this recipe “Gluten-Free” – these aren’t just for GF folks, these are so good you’ll fool your family and/or guests. No one will guess they are gluten free.
The fact that they are gluten-free is truly an afterthought. Like oh, yeah, BTW there’s no gluten in these and they are totes fab, right??!
CAUTION **As I sit here, nearly in a carb coma from eating 3 of them for lunch during my recipe testing, I can attest that they are 100% addictive. Don’t make them when you are alone, don’t rely on your self control. Keeping your portion control hat on is a challenge too big for one person alone. Hence why this recipe makes enough for a gathering or big Sunday dinner, you NEED to plan an event around them, if for nothing else but to have people around to talk about these biscuits with.**
Let’s talk about the texture for just a minute, since we aren’t building flaky layers they aren’t a typical biscuits but they aren’t a fluffy roll either, they are hybrid of the two, with (my favorite part) a crunchy, butter soaked crust, thanks to cooking in a cast iron skillet!
Oh that crunchy, butter soaked crust.
The crust is so amazing, using a cast iron skillet is 100% essential.
Like don’t even ask if you can use another pan, or what size regular pan to use. You’d be missing the point of this amazing recipe.
I’ve always used cast iron cookware in my kitchen, it was a given in both my and my husband’s families. Our grandmother’s both had an amazingly seasoned collection of cast iron cookware. Cookware that cooked some of our favorite family meals growing up. Meals that I still make today, in delicious memory of the amazing women who paved the way for my real-foodie-passion.
Meals that are often made in the very same cast iron skillets they they used, which makes the meals taste even better IMHO.
But I know that not everyone has a family heirloom of cast iron skillets to be passed down through the generations (like us) or even if you were lucky enough to grandma/great-grandma’s cast iron skillet (again, like us) you definitely don’t have the variety of sizes/shapes/etc that you heart desires.
Think of buying a cast iron skillet as investing in a family heirloom.
I’m being 100% honest.
What other gift can you give to your children, grand-children, great-grand-children, etc. that will continue to provide them healthy meals, for the next hundreds of years??
Fancy china gets broken, furniture goes out of style, jewelry gets lost…
But a cast iron skillet? That’s forever.
I’m grateful for my friends at Southern Kitchen who believe that more than just food gets made in the kitchen. Families are strengthened and friendships are formed. Longstanding traditions are passed down and new traditions are started. What happens in the kitchen reflects both the storied history of the region and the welcoming spirit of the modern Southern Kitchen.
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- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Place butter in your 12 inch cast iron skillet and place in the oven (while it's preheating)
- While the butter is melting in your preheating oven, combine all dry ingredients, use a whisk to mix well.
- Whisk in Cultured Buttermilk until smooth.
- Let 'batter' rest for 5 minutes.
- Remove cast iron skillet from the oven, butter should be melted and oven preheated.
- Quickly, drop scoops of batter into the hot skillet/melted butter. Working in a circle from the outside to the inside.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Rotating your skillet 2 or 3 times during baking.
- Remove from the oven and enjoy while warm, preferably with a generous slab of butter.