This simple recipe is a crowd-pleasing appetizer. Dozens of miniature biscuits are snuggled together, coated in a generous dose of herbed garlic butter, and baked to golden perfection. Each bite-size biscuit is a little bubble of fresh-baked bliss, familiar and comforting, but also fun. If you're not cooking for a crowd, this recipe is easily cut in half and baked in a 9-inch pan for a family-sized weeknight side dish.
The little secret of this recipe is canned biscuits. They make this dish so simple and speedy that kids can help—they’ll love to form the mini rolls. You can certainly use other kinds of dough, like store-bought bread or pizza dough, but a huge advantage with the biscuits is that they come pre-portioned, easy to separate into all those little bubbles.
The process only has three basic steps: melt and infuse the butter, shape the rolls, then coat and bake. There’s no need for the dough to rise, so the whole recipe takes under an hour from start to finish—a treat for your schedule as well as your palate.
- 4 ounces unsalted butter
- 6 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 (16-ounce) cans refrigerated homestyle biscuit dough
- 2 ounces low-moisture part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup)
Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400 F.
Set a small saucepan over medium heat and add the butter and garlic. When the butter has melted and the foam has subsided, add the olive oil, dried oregano, garlic powder, and salt. Stir to combine, then remove from heat.
Pour half of the seasoned garlic butter into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and use a pastry brush to thoroughly coat the sides and bottom.
Open the cans of biscuit dough. Separate the biscuits from one another, then use a pair of kitchen shears to cut each biscuit into four equal pieces. Gently roll each piece into a little ball. Place each ball into the prepared pan in a single layer.
Pour the remaining garlic butter over the balls of dough.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the entire surface of the dough is lightly browned. The middle will take a little longer than the sides.
Remove from the oven. Top with shredded cheese, if using, then bake for 5 about more minutes, or until cheese is melted with a few crispy edges. Serve immediately.