Pillsbury breakfast sandwichOne of life's greatest pleasures is poking the Pillsbury Doughboy right in the stomach - hoo-hoo! It's too bad then, that you can't really do it in real life.
We were inspired by the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest that started in 1949, originally called the "Grand National Recipe and Baking Contest." The first one was held in the elegance of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, in honor of the company's 80th anniversary. It was a smashing success, and it went onto become an annual event. What was the winning recipe? Theodora Smafield's No-Knead Water-Rising Twists, for which
Smafield received the Grand Prize of $50,000.
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Today, the contest is held every other year, and the last time a prize was awarded was in 2010, for a cool $1 million, which went to the creator of the Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups. Our own in-house contest this week, while rather modest in reward - a smile, a hearty pat on the back, and a well-worn cookbook - is no less creative.
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With this week's recipes, we've got breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert covered.
Pillsbury Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches
Got a can of Pillsbury biscuits languishing away in the back of the refrigerator, with no idea what to do? Here is one solution. These quick and easy breakfast sandwiches are definitely not haute cuisine and no hip brunch place would be caught dead serving them, except only ironically for about $10 a pop. But, they are grilled, and that makes everything OK.
One 16-ounce can Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar
1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Separate the 8 biscuits and place on a cookie or baking sheet, 1-2 inches apart. Bake until light golden, about 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium heat. Slice the biscuits in 1/2 horizontally and sprinkle the bottom halves with the cheese and bell pepper. Top with the other halves and place on the grill. Using an oven mitt or kitchen towel, place the cookie or baking sheet on top and press down gently.
After grill marks appear, about 1 minute, remove the cookie or baking sheet, flip the sandwiches, and grill the other side for 1 more minute. Remove from the heat and serve.
Total time: 20 minutes
Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Chicken pot pie is quintessential comfort food. Yet the crust can often scare people off - most store-bought pie crusts are not thick and rich enough for a pot pie, but making it from scratch can turn an easy weekday meal into a long production.
For this recipe we cheat a little bit by substituting Pillsbury biscuits for crust. The result creates a flaky, full topping for a dish you can make easily.
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Chicken à la King Recipe
When it comes to chicken stews, there's one ingredient that I like to use to really make them pop on the flavor scale: chicken bouillon. I used to scoff at the idea of using it, but it actually adds a ton of flavor to a dish and should not be overlooked. It's what gives my chicken à la king (or chicken pot pie, or chicken noodle soup) that extra something. There's nothing better than a bite of this stew with a Pillsbury biscuit, and I recommend you tear your biscuit into two and place half on the bottom and half on the top so you make sure you get that bite every single time.
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Individual Biscuit Pizzas Recipe
When fresh homemade pizzas come to mind, Pillsbury biscuit dough isn't an obvious option for a crust. Bagels, old baguettes, and other pre-baked breads are the easiest to simply top with some sauce and cheese and reheat in the oven. But the sauce tends to make the final product soggy, and using fresh dough is generally preferable to just reheating old bread, right?
For fresh homemade mini-pizzas in a pinch, try using biscuit dough. It gives the final product an appealing rich sweetness, and they're just the right size for a kid's meal.
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Easy Peasy Banana Empanadas Recipe
For me, dinner isn't over until I've had something sweet. Dessert is not an option, but a requirement. Combine that desire with a super-easy recipe and I'm a happy man! If you're human (and not allergic to any of the ingredients), you're going to like these!
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-Will Budiaman, The Daily Meal