homemade Red Lobster dinner!

First, I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter! We had a breakfast here at home that was very similar to last year’s Mother’s Day brunch (with the addition of Nun’s Puffs) and then after church we headed out to spend the rest of the day with our family. A busy day, but beautiful and glorious and full of wonderful fellowship.

A few weeks back I had a craving for Red Lobster. Since the nearest Red Lobster is about 30 miles away, I tried to re-create it here at home with coconut shrimp and homemade Red Lobster biscuits (and some steamed broccoli on the side). Here is the recipe for the coconut shrimp which was actually quite easy, even if it did take a little time to cook up (I didn’t make the sauce because it had cilantro in it).

For the biscuits I used this recipe:

2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
¾ cup cold whole milk
4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese

Bush on Top:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
½ teaspoon garlic powder
pinch salt

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine Bisquick with cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter or a large fork. You don’t want to mix too thoroughly. There should be small chunks of butter in there that are about the size of peas. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and ¼ teaspoon garlic. Mix by hand until combined, but don’t over mix.
3. Drop approximately ¼-cup portions of the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop.
4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.
5. When you take the biscuits out of the oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter is a small bowl in your microwave. Stir in ½ teaspoon garlic powder and the dried parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Use up all of the butter. Makes one dozen biscuits.

Recipe courtesy of Todd Wilbur, “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2,” Plume Books.
They turned out wonderfully! I’ve tried a couple of Red Lobster biscuit rip-off recipes before, but this one was by far the best.


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