Back in the day, we Geeks and Nerds didn’t have easy access to geek tribute items through the internet and awesome geek-centric websites like Thinkgeek.com. We found what we were looking for at geek conventions, through mail order catalogs, or we made it ourself. There very well could be a Star Trek insignia biscuit/cookie cutter out there somewhere, but often in cases like this, The Nerdista defaults to Geek Creativity Old School Level: Make it Myself.
Making these tribute biscuits in the shape of Star Trek insignia is a two step process: making the biscuit cutter, then making the biscuits.
Part One: Making Your Star Trek Insignia Biscuit-slash-Cookie Cutter
Step One: find something close
Step Two: use your hands to rough out the shape
Step three: using needle-nosed and round-nosed pliers, refine the shape of the insignia until it no longer sets off your geek-alarm for improper form.
Note: The angles need to be rounded or biscuit dough will get caught in the corners and ruin the look of your biscuits.
Part Two: replicate the taste of Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Have you ever been to Red Lobster and eaten their Cheddar Bay Biscuits? There are two things I remember from my last visit to Red Lobster even though it was more than a decade ago:
1. When the server asks if I’d like to choose my lobster from the tank, I say “no.” I do not wish to stare my food in the face before consuming the tender flesh 20 minutes later. Those beady crustacean eyes and the way he so desperately flailed while being removed from the tank still haunt me in my dreams. Never again. I simply order my lobster now, close my menu, and say “just pick me a nice one, thank you.”
2. Cheddar Bay Biscuits are amazing. Did I mention they are amazing, because they. are. amazing.
Recipe: Star Trek Cargo Bay Biscuits (a tribute to Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits)
2 ½ cups Bisquick
¾ cup milk (Must be whole milk. We’re making biscuits, not diet food.)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter (remove from fridge 1 hour prior to use)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 heaping cup cheddar cheese, grated
Butter Topping Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
½ teaspoon garlic powder
a pinch of salt
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Measure Bisquick into a large bowl and slice butter into 1/2 tablespoon size bits into the Bisquick. Using a pastry cutter or a couple of knives, keep cutting the butter into the bisquick until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and ¼ teaspoon garlic. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined, but be careful not to over mix. Mixing makes more gluten form and gluten makes baked products tough.
3. Move biscuit dough to lightly floured work surface and using a rolling pin, roll the dough out until it has a 1 inch thickness.
4. Dip your Star Trek insignia biscuit cutter in some flour and then cut out a biscuit. Repeat until all the dough has been cut. Scraps of biscuit dough can be gathered up and rolled out once more for additional biscuit cutting.
5. Place biscuits one inch apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15-17 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits start to turn light brown.
6. While biscuits are cooking, melt the additional butter with the garlic powder, dried parsley flakes, and salt. After they come out of the oven, use a pastry brush to spread more yummy garlic butter goodness over the top of all the biscuits.
Makes one dozen biscuits.
Love, The Nerdista