Ham biscuits are always in my freezer. I serve them for many different occasions….as an appetizer, with a soup and salad, for breakfast or brunch. They are always on hand. Don’t miss my 2 videos at the end of the recipe! Yes, I know they are sideways, but it is about the biscuits, not about me right side up!!
As for the ham, I buy the Edwards cooked, boneless petite country ham. Sadly, their facility burned in January 2016 and I have not had a ham from them since then. On their website, they state they are back in business, but the hams may be a bit different than what returning customers are used to. However, they still have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. In the past, Fresh Markets have sold these hams. I hope they still do because having them do the slicing is a real timesaver. If using for ham biscuits, have the butcher slice/shave the ham. For biscuits, I actually prefer not to have whole slices…shaved is best.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and yeast. Stir to combine well. Thoroughly cut in shortening by rubbing between your fingers and distributing evenly. Add buttermilk, all at once, mixing quickly with a flat rubber spatula. Do NOT overmix....just to combine. Transfer to a clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap placed directly on the surface of the dough to completely seal. then cover the bowl with another piece of plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
Next day: Turn 1/2 dough onto floured surface. It is sticky but do not knead in more flour. Just sprinkle top and pat into flat circle. Roll or pat dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 1 1/2-inch biscuit cutter and place on baking sheet lined with parchment or reusable pan liner. Let rise in warm place...about 45 minutes (if you want your biscuit to be a bit shorter, bake immediately). Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Set up assembly line (12 at a time) for stuffing biscuits. Melted butter in squeeze bottle. It will be easier to use if you let it cool a bit.
12 biscuits per package
Fold 'drug store style'. That is an MJ term because that is the way Dorsey Drugs in Horse Cave KY packaged your purchases...no bags!!! Just big sheets of green paper, folded down from the top, and in from the sides to create a tight package!