Country Ham Biscuits and Scallion-Pimento Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 16 biscuits
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Ingredients

Scallion-Pimento Cheese:

Two 7-ounce bricks sharp white Cheddar, finely grated

Two 4-ounce jars pimentos, drained and diced

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup chopped scallions 

Country Ham Biscuits:

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1 tablespoon baking powder 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes and chilled, plus 1 tablespoon for the skillet

3/4 cup buttermilk, well shaken 

1/4 cup finely diced country ham 

Directions

Special equipment:
a 2-inch biscuit cutter
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven to heat.
  2. For the scallion-pimento cheese: Stir together the cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise and scallions in a large bowl. Set aside, or if making ahead, place in the fridge until ready to use.
  3. For the country ham biscuits: Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Using a pastry blender or 2 table knives, cut the cold butter cubes into the flour until it resembles coarse meal. Use a fork to stir in the buttermilk to make a soft dough that comes together and leaves the sides of the bowl (make sure all the flour is worked in). Stir in the ham. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead 3 or 4 times until smooth and manageable.
  4. With your hands or a floured rolling pin, flatten the dough to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Cut the dough out with a 2-inch floured biscuit cutter.
  5. Remove the skillet from the oven and melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in it. Place the biscuits in the skillet. Bake until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. To serve: Split the biscuits and serve with a generous spread of pimento cheese.