Throw a Southern Biscuit Bar Party
We can’t think of a more delicious — or easy to execute — party. With our buttermilk-rich biscuits and a variety of sweet and savory fillings, guests will feel at home and they’ll enjoy getting creative. There is something on the table for every biscuit lover; in our test kitchens, some delicious concoctions have been put together. Try layering slices of country ham in a hot biscuit, slathered with our fresh-tasting Apple Butter or homemade jam made from fresh-picked local strawberries — or crispy fried chicken strips coated in the best ever Fried Chicken Breading, drizzled, Southern-style, with Sourwood Honey. We’ve also smothered a piece of fried chicken in creamy Pepper Gravy to fill a biscuit, and made to-die-for fried-green tomato-biscuit BLT’s using our Fried Green Tomato Breading for the T’s. In our heads, the biscuit combo world is unending.
A biscuit bar is perfect for a shower, late morning wedding, pre-graduation ceremony gathering, or celebration brunch with family and friends. It’s an easy way to entertain up to about 30 people. Here are some ideas for setting it up and making sure your food stays hot throughout the party:
- Make the biscuit dough ahead and freeze before you bake. Roll and cut them out as directed, then place the cutout biscuits on a baking sheet and freeze several hours. When they are frozen solid, pop them into a freezer zip-top bag and return to the freezer for up to 1 month. Remove the number of biscuits you need to serve and place them on baking sheets; keep in the refrigerator until just before you want to bake them. Add up to 5 additional minutes of baking time to the recipe directions.
- To keep fried chicken cutlets or fingers coming out hot and crisp during the party, fry them 30-60 minutes ahead and keep on a wire rack in a 250°F oven until you are ready to replenish the plate. To prevent fried green tomatoes from getting soggy after cooking, stand them up on their edges using a wire rack placed on a baking sheet. This one you’ll have to contrive, standing the slices against each other in the slots of the rack. Keep in the low oven with the chicken.
- Pan-fry the country ham slices 1-2 hours ahead, stack and wrap in foil, and keep warm in the oven with the chicken.
- Make the gravy before serving, and keep a piece of plastic wrap over the pot, under the lid, to keep it from drying out as it sits.
- Arrange all the serving dishes on the table, along with serving spoons, forks, ladles, plates, and napkins. Tag them with sticky notes reminding you what foods will go into them. Add the hot foods to the table right before serving.
- Fill the serving bowls with condiments up to 2 hours ahead and cover with plastic wrap. Remove the plastic right before serving.
If you make the biscuits, we’ll provide the fixings. Let us make the mix for you with our Old Mill Biscuit Mix; or bake one of our recipes for buttermilk biscuits. And let us know when you throw a Biscuit Bar Party; we’d love to see pictures and hear how yours was a hit!