Biscuit mix from a box is something I haven't purchased in years. You know the one I mean - yellow box, "miracle" or "impossible" recipes printed on the back. Well, I have to say, although I have not purchased the box mix for longer than I can remember, the last time I did have that stuff in the house, I cut the back off the box to save in my recipe binder. And on the blank flip side of that cardboard, I wrote a recipe for biscuit mix:
To Make About 2 Cups of Mix
1 2/3 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup shortening or oil
Combine the dry ingredients and cut in the shortening.
If you're into homemade bulk mixes, you can find recipes that start with 10 cups of flour, but I haven't gone there (yet). I can see it happening as it can also be used for waffles and dumplings, but there you go.
I thought I'd share my newest favorite way to use this mix: The perfect disguise for leftovers.
Got a chicken breast and some peas and carrots sitting in the fridge? Or perhaps roast beef and veggies? Or even chili? Or hamburger stroganoff? Don't mix them together, but dice each one up and spread it in a casserole dish or a 9x13" cake pan. Put the chicken on one end and the chili on the other. If your leftovers are a little dry to begin with, consider making a white sauce or gravy to pour over them. And make sure this filling is seasoned nicely. It will taste so much better when it's finished if it tasted good to begin with. Lawry's salt, garlic powder and/or Italian seasoning can be friendly here. Cumin is good for a Mexican flavor. Naturally, salt and pepper are also an option, and sometimes the best choice. One of my favorites is just a little thickened bouillon.
Then take your 2 cups of biscuit mix and combine it with 2 eggs and 1 cup of milk and pour it over your whatever-it-was. If your filling goes well with cheese, sprinkle grated cheese on top of the batter. Now, bake it at 350F for half an hour until the top is golden brown.
What this is is a variation on shepherd's pie. You're just using biscuit mix instead of mashed potatoes. (If you'd rather use the potatoes, go for it.) For me what it is is a way to make something new again so that my kids will eat it. Because no matter how much they liked a dish the evening before, the next day for lunch they will choose a sandwich over leftovers almost every time. But put a hot cake-like bread on top of it and it disappears like magic.
Maybe it is a "miracle" recipe after all.