ffwD: Saint-Germain-des-pres onion biscuits

I was intrigued about this week’s assignment, onion biscuits named after Dorie Greenspan’s neighborhood in France, because I would’ve never thought to incorporate caramelized onions in biscuit dough. I was willing to try them as long as the onions weren’t raw. (I really am trying to get over my prejudice against raw onions. It doesn’t seem to be working though.)

Dorie’s genius behind these delicious biscuits occurred when a friend brought a Carolina ham to a party she was hosting and asked if she would have biscuits ready as an accompaniment. I didn’t have any ham in my refrigerator, but I did have some crispy bacon! The buttery smell of the baked biscuits and their savory flavor paired perfectly with the saltiness of the bacon. It was delicious.

When I made these onion biscuits, I halved the recipe and used a rather small biscuit cutter (read: a cookie cutter) to stamp out the biscuit dough. That being said, I ended up with a ton of leftover, unbaked biscuits. So I froze the extras and now have them at the ready to bake “on the fly” whenever company comes over!

To see how others fared with these Saint-Germain-des-pres onion biscuits, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

68 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kitchen flavours
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 00:45:55

    Looks wonderful! Especially with the bacon and some green salad, makes one satisfying lunch! And I happens to love onions, raw or otherwise!! 🙂

  2. Amanda
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 01:32:51

    I love caramelized onions! And I used to hate raw, but I have reformed. I still like the caramelized variety better though and I doubt that will ever change.🙂 The biscuits look and sound delicious.

  3. promenadeplantings
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 01:38:39

    You know I really must get round to making some biscuits one day, and these do look very tempting!

  4. Trevor Sis Boom
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 01:49:43

    Great minds! I thought ‘bacon’ too. Although I am usually always thinking about bacon. These became BLTs at our house….and the other half batch will be made into benedicts this weekend. And then I’ll probably not make them again. lol. I prefer gourgeres I think.

  5. mireia
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 02:54:39

    Yummy!! Looks great!

  6. Alli
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 05:27:21

    I would not mind having these in my freezer.

  7. Anita Menon
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 05:41:34

    The flavours seem fantastic and they look amazing

  8. Parsley Sage
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 06:44:28

    Best breakfast ever! These biscuits are fantastic. They’d be great to make a bacon, egg and cheese sammich out of🙂

  9. sanyaliving
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 06:48:24

    Your biscuits turned out great! I did think bacon would have been great with these!

  10. Kristen
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 06:51:46

    I can just imagine the wonderful flavor those onions give to the biscuits.

  11. Cher
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 07:04:46

    Ohhh. Bacon is never a bad idea. Ever.
    I can’t deal with raw onions either. It’s just too weird for me.

  12. Ronda
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 07:05:21

    I second Trevor Sis Boom on the BLT idea!

  13. Three-Cookies
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 08:09:34

    Unusual and delicious sounding, given an opportunity I would definitely grab a handful

  14. Kara
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 08:18:34

    Ahhh I need that bacon/biscuit combo.

  15. Norma Chang
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 08:33:55

    I am with you, just cannot handle raw onions but love carmelized onions.

  16. Bizzy
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 08:51:02

    Savory biscuits are special. It is wonderful, you have some frozen away for a hungry day. May I be pushy and ask you to link this one up also. You always have good recipes that should be shared further.

  17. saffronandhoney
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 09:13:38

    Bacon makes for a wonderful combination!

  18. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 09:23:00

    What a great batch of biscuits. They look wonderful, and I love that you added onions, too. They would be great with a soup, chowder or chili! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Kris Barlow
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 09:23:11

    I agree that these biscuits need a salty side. I made a note to add a little more salt if not used with ham or bacon. It makes me smile to read about your trying to make friends with onions. I have a daughter who is your opposite…she begs for more onions in everything…on an onion kick…you two need to get together and you’ll both be fixed.

  20. Ei
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 09:28:49

    Mmmmmm…baaaacon. Everything tastes good with bacon.

  21. Sharyn Dimmick
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 09:36:03

    I don’t care for raw onions either — never have. But caramelized onions…

  22. Trix
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 10:12:58

    That looks like MY kind of breakfast!!!

  23. hkinnaird
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 10:37:52

    looks fantastic!

  24. Mary Hirsch
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 11:02:55

    I also was surprised by the subtle flavoring of these biscuits. That’s why I loved mine with jelly and preserves! Omelet and frittata. Bacon, even better. A nice colorful, pretty photo.

  25. Elpiniki
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 11:06:35

    These look great! Nice presentation too!

  26. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 11:31:14

    Thats a cool idea.onion biscuits. never heard or tasted before and right now I realy wish I had some few around. kind of tempting. thanks for sharing!

  27. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 12:01:07

    These sound so, so good! I love the use of onions. I bet they are delicious with every meal!

  28. maha
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 13:01:20

    Oh my god..such a mouthwatering biscuits..it looks just awesome…vl try 4 sure….
    Maha

  29. oneexpatslife
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 13:50:22

    I thought about freezing half the batch, but I just couldn’t do it. We ended up eating the whole batch, just the two of us, in two days flat!

  30. ceciliag
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 13:52:36

    I love anything with onions, and caramalised onions in a biscuit sound quite divine.. c

  31. betsy
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 13:54:43

    I don’t think I’ll ever get over my dislike of raw onions, though Dorie’s trick with the cold water soak has helped. Your biscuits look perfectly golden and bacon beside it, mouthwatering!

  32. Purely.. Kay
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 14:26:10

    I can’t believe I’ve never heard of onion biscuits before.. but they look so darn scrumptious. Very nice

  33. filingawaycupcakes
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 14:50:32

    mmmm I can imagine stuffing these like a sandwich!

  34. spicegirlfla
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 14:57:53

    Oh these look beautiful!! Carmelized onions are always a hit at my house and combine them with a biscuit….fabulous! I would have never thought to do that!

  35. Kathy
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 15:10:24

    Beautiful job on the biscuits! I left the onions out of mine…fussy husband!

  36. JamieAnne
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 15:37:11

    Those look so tasty!!!

  37. patty
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 15:41:35

    Why do biscuits make us think of bacon? I don’t know, maybe it’s a breakfast thing but the thought definitely crossed my mind too! Your biscuits look perfect;-)

  38. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 16:31:01

    I love caramelized onions in just about anything, and what a great idea to put them in biscuits! I know these were good and I know i’m going to try them!

  39. TrafficDiva
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 16:45:01

    I just learned a new song with the lyric…Jesus is a biscuit, He will sop you up! I think HE would approve of these!! Simply Heavenly!! =)

  40. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 17:14:54

    I really enjoyed this one. Your photos are great. Defnitely worth making again, and caramelizing onions makes them so much more palatable than raw🙂 I’m way behind on your posts this week and trying to catch up….

  41. pamkaren
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 17:49:56

    Bacon was a great idea. I just paired some of my leftovers with prosciutto.

  42. Liz
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 18:32:23

    I think my boys would have liked these better if I’d thought to make bacon sandwiches out of them! And glad you have a stash in the freezer…great idea!

  43. vianneyrodriguez
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 19:47:12

    yummy biscuits.. adore caramelized onions!

  44. CafeTerraBlog
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 20:01:08

    Oh I love these biscuits, the idea of onions in them sounds wonderful! They look so flakey, and delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

  45. sara
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 20:06:08

    These sound fantastic – love the caramelized onions in the biscuits! I love having biscuits and other treats in the freezer ready to bake up on a moment’s notice – so nice!🙂

  46. Baking is my Zen
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 20:25:46

    Nice presentation with the roasted peppers…

    ~Carmen
    http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com

  47. rebecca
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 21:38:26

    this is genius the perfect bacon sammie

  48. Cakelaw
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 21:40:03

    Your biscuits turned out great! I have a prejudice against raw onion too.

  49. Lola
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 01:13:35

    Don’t know which looks best, your biscuits or your bacon!

  50. Robin
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 02:30:50

    Your biscuits look great! These would be wonderful for breakfast🙂

  51. forgottenbeast
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 05:57:02

    I can’t do raw onions, either. Uck, something about them. I hate when they come on salads, because even after you pick them off everything still tastes like onion. But cooked onions? And in a BISCUIT? Count me in. Because nothing can be bad in a biscuit.

  52. Elaine
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 08:15:42

    Bacon on these would taste so delicious. I was happily surprised at how much flavor the onions added to the biscuit. I love your presentation!

  53. andi
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 09:37:31

    I do make biscuits but have never added onions to them. Sounds like a good idea. they look very tasty andi

  54. Inger Wilkerson
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 09:49:46

    I first realized the beauty of caramelized onions when I had a caramelized onion pizza. I’m sure they are great in biscuits too!

  55. eva626
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 12:58:12

    oh wow…those looks delicious!

  56. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 16:11:39

    You and your onion aversion! (Says the guy who won’t eat raisins!) These look amazing, so does that whole plate.

  57. Taryn from Have Kitchen, Will Feed
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 17:28:16

    These biscuits are so tempting!

  58. kyleen
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 18:12:26

    These biscuits look fab. For the last week, I’ve been having a craving or biscuits from Popeyes. Maybe I’ll just make these instead; I mean, hello, caramelized onions.

  59. Just A Smidgen
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 18:38:42

    Fantastic.. I would think these would be the ideal breakfast biscuit.. imagining them with eggs and bacon or ham… yummy!!

  60. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 23:08:48

    Oh these look incredible. I love warm biscuits, and the onion makes it even more perfect!

  61. hotlyspiced
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 23:08:52

    They look great and like they would go so well with that crispy bacon. Delicious!

  62. muppy
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 23:26:44

    love the concept of these, yum

  63. Choc Chip Uru
    Mar 11, 2012 @ 05:27:50

    These biscuits are popping up everywhere and I love them more and more everytime😀
    YUM!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  64. Audrey Allure
    Mar 11, 2012 @ 08:06:27

    These look heavenly!

  65. jora
    Mar 11, 2012 @ 11:28:14

    I love having extra biscuits in the freezer! They’re a great addition to any meal.

  66. Dara
    Mar 13, 2012 @ 08:11:15

    WOW. These look fabulous. I love biscuits and I love onions but I have never combined the two. Great recipe!

  67. sally
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 10:43:40

    Yum! I love caramelized onions in anything.

  68. Alice
    Mar 31, 2012 @ 11:45:30

    ooh I should make up a bunch to freeze too! i actually made this recipe but didnt take pictures at the time since it wasn’t an assignment yet, but then it comes up while I’m on vacation!🙂 These were really delicious though!🙂

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