Truffle Parmesan Biscuits with Pesto and Prosciutto

Quick Biscuit Recipe

A dressed-up Quick Biscuit Recipe just in time for Easter. This elegant version of  easy homemade biscuits is loaded with Parmesan and shaved truffles, then piled with creamy pesto and prosciutto ham. A lovely addition to your Easter table!

I’ve been meaning to share this recipe with you for quite a while.

A couple months ago I had the opportunity to attend the National Truffle Festival here in Asheville. It was a wonderful event, raising money for the Frankie Lemmon School, and creating awareness for all the fantastic truffle farms here in the US.

Truffle Festival

This magnificent weekend offered an eye-opening view into the painstaking art of farming quality truffles. Truffles are expensive. Yet after learning what the farmers go through to harvest them, I believe they are worth every penny.

One of the events was a Truffle Brunch hosted by the Executive Chef of the Red Stag Grill, Adam Hayes.  Chef Hayes made a variety of truffle-icious recipes including: Truffle “Steak and Eggs” Ravioli, Truffle Beignets, and Truffle Parmesan Biscuits with Pesto and Prosciutto.

Easy Homemade Biscuits

My copy-cat version of his brilliant creation, is a celebration of both truffles and southern cooking.

This quick biscuit recipe is something I take pride in. They are ultra light and flaky and can be adjusted to make all sorts of savory or sweet easy homemade biscuits. The key is to not over mix, and to work fast so the dough is still cold when it goes in the oven. The temperature of the dough is so important, that if you notice the dough has warmed by the time you cut the biscuits and put them on the balking sheet, I suggest you stick them in the fridge to chill before baking. Cold dough = Flaky biscuits every time.

How to Make Biscuits

Adding shaved truffles and Parmesan cheese to this quick biscuit recipe gives a touch of elegance to an otherwise down-home dish. Chef Hayes spread the warm truffle biscuits with fresh pesto and layered them with salty prosciutto ham. …He might just be a genius.

These easy homemade biscuits will wow your friends and family this Easter, guaranteed! If you cannot find fresh American grown truffles near you, you can find them here or substitute truffle oil.

Happy Easter!

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Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Quick Biscuit Recipe ~ Truffle Parmesan Biscuits with Pesto and Prosciutto

Ingredients:

2 cups light all-purpose flour (white lily)
1 1/2 Tb. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. salt
4 Tb. chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes
4 Tb. vegetable shortening, cut into cubes
¾ cup buttermilk
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tb. shaved truffle (or 1 tsp. truffle oil)
2 Tb. Melted butter OR egg wash (1 egg + 1 Tb. Water)
Creamy Pesto Recipe
12 slices Prosciutto ham

Directions:

Heat oven to 450 degrees F with the rack in the center.

Using a food processor, pulse all the dry ingredients together. Add the butter and shortening, then pulse until it resembles course chopped nuts. Add the buttermilk, truffles and Parmesan, then pulse again until it forms moist clumps.

Dump the wet dough onto a well floured surface. Flour your hands and press the dough into an even rectangle 1 1/4 inch high. Use a 2 inch cutter to cut the biscuits. Gather the scraps, press and cut again--you should have 12 biscuits all together. (Try to cut as many in the first round as possible. The second batch will be slightly tougher.)

Using the melted butter or egg wash, brush the top of each biscuits and place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Lightly sprinkle them with salt and bake for 10-12 minutes.

While the biscuits are warm, crack them open and smear them with pesto. Then layer a piece of prosciutto on each biscuit and place the top back on.

More Easter Bunch Ideas:

Easy Layered Mousse Cake

Raspberry Lemon Curd Mini Pies

Warm Brie and Pear Tart

Fennel and Roasted Beet Salad

Baked Eggs in Avocado ~ The Family Kitchen

Lemon Chicken Sandwiches ~ Donna Hay

Banana Bread Scones ~ Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice

 

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26 Responses to “Truffle Parmesan Biscuits with Pesto and Prosciutto”

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    bake your day — April 6, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    I am at a loss for words. Truffle parmesan biscuits? I need a dozen, please!

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — April 6, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    It’s only 6:47am right now but I am SALIVATING! Yum! This sounds like such a great combination. I’ve never actually worked with a real truffle, so I’m thinking I would have to go the truffle oil route.

    PS. The truffle ravioli mentioned above sound divine too. Lucky you!

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    Jeanette — April 6, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    What a fun event – I love truffles. Definitely takes these biscuits to a whole different level!

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    Bev Weidner — April 6, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    O.M.G.

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    Renee @ Tortillas and Honey — April 6, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    How wonderful! Truffles are one of my favorite things in the world and now so are you! So excited about this recipe! :-)

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    Belinda @zomppa — April 6, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Pesto and prosciutto – love this combination!!

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    Steph@stephsbitebybite — April 6, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Oh my gosh! How heavenly do these look!! I want to eat my computer!

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    Kiri W. — April 6, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Stunning – truffle biscuits?
    I love the idea of pairing pesto with prosciutto, I would really love to try these. Well done!

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious — April 6, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    OMG yum! There isn’t anything in this recipe that isn’t deliciously fantastic!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — April 6, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    Wow, these are stunning, and so impressive! What an amazing recipe!

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    Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) — April 6, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    this sounds AMAZING! definitely bookmarking this and obtaining truffle oil :)

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    Tickled Red — April 6, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Have mercy! That’s all, I’m speechless with joy :D

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 6, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    Yum! The biscuit looks amazing and the pesto with prosciutto is perfect!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 6, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    Omg these look SO good! Fun post

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    the wicked noodle — April 6, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    Sommer, this looks just amazing! I just realized I haven’t had dinner and I really wish I had one of these right now. Comfort food and elegance at once isn’t easy to do!

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    Liz — April 6, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    Oh, my! Your biscuits look amazing, Sommer! And the sandwiches so yummy, too. I think I’ll have to try this with our leftover Easter ham :)

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    Lana — April 6, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    I have taken over as far as making biscuits in our house, even though Husband reigned supreme for a few years, claiming that only a true, Southern-born person can make them properly:) But I have to say that my biscuits are better than his, even though I don’t use White Lilly flour (not readily available here in SoCal).
    But your biscuits look amazing and I can only imagine them paired with pesto and prosciutto!
    I will have to make them this weekend (no truffles, but truffle oil is a staple:)
    Have a great holiday weekend!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — April 7, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

    Damn you for making me drool! Damn you! So freakin’ delicious looking! And now I’ll be dreaming about these biscuits.

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    kale @ tastes good to me! — April 8, 2012 @ 12:07 am

    Looks beautiful! Nice snapshot of the event, too. :)

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    Eliot — April 8, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    How fun that you got to go to that truffle event. I think you have a keeper with this recipe. It looks delicious!

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    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — April 8, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    How Gorgeous! The combination of flavors is absolutely lovely :) These truffle biscuits are pure temptation!

    HUGS <3

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — April 10, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    I believe you are correct – he may just be a genius!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — April 11, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Oh goodness you had me at shaved truffles! Love.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 11, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    Wow! Truffle parmesan biscuits sounds delicious :) What a creative idea pairing it with pesto.

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    Kelleigh Bannen — November 21, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    My favorite thing on this page is the second photo. Look to the right and see the happiest fat lady you’ve ever seen!

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