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Canned biscuits??

I ended up with a surprise can of Pillsbury canned biscuits in my grocery delivery this week. I've never tried this product or any products similar before. I know I can simply make biscuits from it as the can directs but I'm wondering if any of you chowhounds have some creative ideas to put this to use.

Are they any good? I realize they are full of crap ingredients but I'm not worried about consuming a small amount of transfats and preservatives for a brief moment in time. I wouldn't bother if they were terrible though.

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  1. Are they the buttermilk biscuits? If so you can cut each biscuit into 4-6 pieces, dip in melted butter, roll in cinnamon sugar, and make a quick monkey bread. This works best in large muffin cups.
    It isn't the real thing, but not so terrible either.

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    1. re: iluvcookies

      Yes, the can says "Flaky Layers" buttermilk.

      1. re: iluvcookies

        Love this! My sister and i would "cook" this as kids for a special weekend breakfast sometimes.....

        1. re: Ttrockwood

          These are the best. A little butter between layers is how I do it, They're even better broiled leftover. A bit of butter, burn the edges to taste, yum.

      2. Nothing that bad about Pillsbury biscuits, I already bought a canister of Grands to serve at Thanksgiving. Too busy that day to make from scratch. And I guarantee the four of us will probably finish them off first.

        As long as you don't eat them every day, they are great. I was going to bake them up and serve chili and cheese over them last night, although I did tacos instead. They have many uses, but as a straight buttered biscuit it isn't too shabby either.

        Oh the smaller buttermilk ones make great doughnuts if you pop out the center and fry them.

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        1. re: coll

          A gnats eyelid away from beating the layer biscuit, see above, again great reheated broiled with butter, burnt edges to taste.

        2. Don't know if it would work with the "flaky layers" biscuits, but I have used them as a topping for chicken or turkey "pot pie". If they are the "Grands" cut them in 4 pieces and use to cover the meat/gravy/veggies. If they are the smaller biscuits, cut them in half. Bake for amount of time and temperature in the directions on the can.

          (Cutting them into halves or fourths helps them cook through better so they are not doughy in the middle.)

          1. I hate them. To me they have a very strong chemical flavor that renders them inedible. This is true for all canned biscuits, not just Pillsbury. However, a great number of people whose food opinions I respect like and use them, so maybe it's that cilantro /soap thing, where something can taste very different to different people. I try a can every few years to see if anything has changed but so far, nope.

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            1. re: Pwmfan

              I agree about the chemical flavor on some of them, especially if they are "butter flavored." Less so on the regular original "buttermilk" biscuits, which I do use occasionally in a pinch.

            2. Here's a recipe for something called "pizza balls." I've made them before, and they're pretty tasty.

              I'm posting the recipe in an image as that's how it was sent to me from my friend. If this is not allowed mods, please remove and my apologies!

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              1. re: SaraAshley

                Yum to the pizza balls. On the same note they are great to stuff with leftover bits and bobs like sloppy joe's, beef stew, BBQ pork etc... or sweets like cream cheese and jelly or nutella and a mini marshmallow.
                I also have been known to cut them in quarters and pop them in chicken and dumplings to poach for ten minutes. They get very puffy but suck when reheated.

                1. re: suzigirl

                  These are all great ideas, suzi! I just might have to try some of these! :)

                  1. re: SaraAshley

                    Pigs in blankets! Just unroll the biscuits, pull off small pieces of dough and wrap around cocktail franks or little smoked sausages, leaving the ends uncovered. Bake at 400 until golden and sizzling.

                    1. re: janeh

                      I've only ever made these with crescent rolls. Do you think they're better with biscuits? Lol....so many thing you can do with canned biscuits.

                      1. re: janeh

                        A special breakfast tradition in my family- pigs in blankets made with canned biscuits & Vienna sausages, topped with peppered white sauce. Still do it once or twice a year.

                2. I buy them occasionally to make fun lunchbox stuff for the kids. I'll make some pigs in a blanket (cut in half, roll up cocktail sausage and bake), or I'll take a biscuit, flatten it out a bit, and fill it with taco meat and some cheddar cheese, fold it in half and crimp, then bake. I don't buy the butter flavor ones, just the basic ones.

                  1. They're pretty tasty, honestly.

                    1. I've never liked canned biscuits, but when we were kids (in the 70s), my mom used to make a biscuit pizza concoction in which she'd put down a layer of Pillsbury biscuits then top with a mixture of pizza/spaghetti sauce with ground beef and perhaps onion, then topped with mozzarella.

                      I liked it better than Hamburger helper, but wasn't as ga-ga over it as my brothers were.

                      1. Worked at an alternative HS for 2 years... literally the "worst" school district in all of PA. One teacher treated her students to doughnuts that they made themselves. She brought in canned biscuit dough, and electric frying pan, oil, and cinnamon/sugar. The kids fried up the dough and shook in cinnamon sugar or dusted with convtioner's sugar when browned. Actually, pretty tasty, especially when still warm.

                        Worked with 2 special needs students who were in a "foods & nutrition" class. They had a bit of a contest with canned dough. Teacher had all kinds of ingredients to add... shredded cheese, ham, fruit, etc... and kids made "pocket" treats.

                        1. I don't buy them, but I have fond memories of my grandmother baking these biscuits. This was in her advanced years, when she was no longer doing much cooking from scratch. She was still using her wood stove, however, so they had the illusion of being pioneer food.

                          1. They are nostalgic for me cause my much missed late grandmother would use them to top her chicken'n' biscuits. Homemade EVERY other component, but it had to have pillsbury biscuits on top. I would love to share the recipe, but I became interested in cooking a year after she died.

                            Otherwise, if they are super cheap I will grab a can for lazy strawberry shortcake. Bake them per the can's directions, then top with your standard fixings. A more savory take on a sweet dessert.

                            1. I've done it with their crescent rolls. Saute up equal amounts chopped onion and chopped bacon, let cool and roll up inside and bake.

                              1. Thanks everyone! So many options to choose from. I will have to report back with my creation.

                                1. I'm with the dumplings with the other posts! My mom used to cut biscuits in fours and roll them in flour, then drop them in the chicken broth!! So delicious!

                                  1. Fond memories from childhood. But then, my Mom didn't bake fresh stuff.