Cat Head What? I've been asked several times over the years about the term "Cat Head Biscuit." What does it mean, where does it come from, and how do you make a "Cat Head Biscuit?" I'm pretty sure that no cat heads were ever used in the recipe. I can say this with absolutely no authority - I'm pretty sure that the name simply refers to "BIG OLE" biscuits that are the size of a "Cat's Head!" That's unless you have a really big cat with a fat or skinny noggin!

Regardless of where the name comes from - biscuits fresh from the oven are often a reason that a Southerner get's out of bed! Here are a few Biscuit recipes to try. All are from my books which you can find RIGHT HERE or online, or at your local bookstore. If they don't have 'em then they can order 'em.

Kent's Cat Head Biscuits
Let's start with the classic version of a Cat Head Biscuit! I've made with plain flour and with cake-flour mixed in and both worked well. The key to this is cutting in the shortening evenly but not overworking the mix. If you roll the mix out don't flatten too much - about 1 inch thick. Also, a preheated oven is Key to all of these recipes!

2 1/4 cups plain flour
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
5 tablespoons shortening
1 cup buttermilk
1/8 cup melted butter, for tops of biscuits (optional)
Mix all of the dry ingredients and sift into mixing bowl.
Cut in lard or shortening until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
Stir in buttermilk until it is incorporated with the flour mixture.
Note: The dough will be wet and sticky.
Flour your hands and turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
Roll the dough in the flour just enough to make it easy to handle but not dry.
You can lightly roll out to 1 inch and cut with a large biscuit cutter or pinch off a piece the size of a Large egg.
If you pinch off a portion then lightly flatten to 1 inch.
Bake at 475 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.
Brush with melted butter - serve hot.

From the Tennessee Hometown Cookbook!
Here are a couple of recipes from my Tennessee Hometown Cookbook. All of these recipes are of the quick and easy variety but packed with Volunteer State flavor.... well, without the whiskey! Mnnn, maybe some Jack Daniel's Blackberry Jam would be a nice addition. I'll get back to you with that recipe. Until then, "See ya at the dinner table!" - Kent

Yogurt Biscuits   
1 cup flour
1/ 4 teaspoon salt
1 1/ 2 teaspoon baking powder
1/ 8 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoon margarine
1/ 2 cup plain yogurt
1/ 2 teaspoon honey
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Cut in margarine  and then add yogurt and honey.  Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead  gently then roll and cut into biscuits Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown.
Tennessee Hometown Cookbook

Ham & Cheese Biscuits
2 cups self-rising flour
1/ 2 cup shredded jack cheese
3/ 4 cup chopped ham
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons brown sugar
2/ 3 cup milk
1/ 3 cup vegetable oil
1/ 2 teaspoon mustard (optional)
Combine all ingredients and knead gently. Pat dough out to about 1/ 2-inch. Cut out biscuits with a floured biscuit cutter. Bake at 350 degrees until done.
Tennessee Hometown Cookbook 

Quick Biscuits
2 cups self-rising flour
1/ 4 cup margarine
1/ 2 cup whole milk
Dash of salt
Large Dash of sugar
Combine all ingredients and pat down to 1/ 2 inch deep. Cut with cookie cutter or floured small glass and bake at 400 for about 15 minutes. Top with melted butter just before finished.
Tennessee Hometown Cookbook

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