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Sheet Pan Ricotta-Chive Biscuits with Baked Eggs

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Karen Rankin; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Active time 20 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 biscuit piece, 1 biscuit cut-out, 1 egg)

Our sheet pan take on “egg-in-a-hole” is such a perfect play for a fun, and totally photogenic, weekend brunch. A slab of rich, tender, and herbaceous biscuit cradles just-right, over-easy eggs (you’ll have set whites and delightfully runny yolks after 7 minutes of baking), drizzled with hot sauce and a sprinkling of fresh parsley. The best part? While your giant egg-filled biscuit slab lends itself to being served savory, the (normal-sized) biscuits you cut out to create holes for the eggs can be served up with sweet accouterments, like jam and honey butter, in order to achieve the ultimate sweet and savory breakfast balance. Of course, you can also just slice and serve the egg-filled biscuit portion with a side of bacon and fresh fruit, then pop your individual biscuits in a plastic zip-top bag and freeze for your emergency biscuit stash. Also, topping this entire situation with sausage gravy is not a bad idea either. 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups (about 11 7/8 oz.) soft winter wheat self-rising flour (such as White Lily), plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) salted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 3/4 cup whole buttermilk, chilled
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese, chilled
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (such as Cholula)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Lightly dust a parchment paper-lined baking sheet with flour. Set aside.

  2. Place flour in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter, cut cubed butter into flour until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas. Stir in chives. Chill 10 minutes. Whisk together buttermilk and ricotta. Using a fork, gently stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture just until incorporated.

  3. Turn dough out onto prepared baking sheet. Press into a 10- x 6-inch rectangle. Fold in half so that short ends meet. Repeat procedure of pressing dough into a 10- x 6-inch rectangle and folding 3 times. Press dough into a 10- x 6-inch rectangle. Using a 2 1/4-inch round cutter, cut 4 evenly spaced circles from dough rectangle, leaving at least 1/2 inch between circles. Carefully remove dough rounds, leaving dough rectangle intact. Place dough rounds on edge of sheet pan beside dough rectangle. Bake in preheated oven until edges are lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes.

  4. Break eggs into circles in biscuit rectangle. Return to oven, and bake until egg whites are set, 6 to 7 minutes.

  5. Brush biscuit rectangle and biscuit rounds evenly with melted butter. Drizzle evenly with hot sauce, and sprinkle with parsley.