5 Easy Meals You Can Make With One Secret Ingredient

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I’m always on the hunt for ways to streamline my meal prep and cook time, whether I’m utilizing tools like my Instant Pot or relying on tried-and-true recipe shortcuts for those days I just don’t have the time or energy to cook (hello freezer meals!).

And I recently discovered another simple shortcut for getting dinner on the table faster: store-bought canned biscuit dough. But let me make one thing very clear: in no way am I suggesting that canned biscuits are somehow superior to homemade biscuits!

But there’s no denying the convenience of canned biscuits, nor the reassurance that comes from the consistency of the product. No need to stress over whether your biscuits will actually rise or if you’ll get those perfect flaky layers you’re after.

And the buttery flavor of biscuits makes works well in both sweet and savory recipes, making the refrigerated stuff exceptionally versatile. To demonstrate my point, here are 5 ways you can use canned biscuits to get food on the table quickly and easily.

5 Delicious Ways To Use Canned Biscuits

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1. Garlic Knots

Garlic knots make an easy side for any weeknight spaghetti dinner. What better to use to sop up the last of the sauce on your plate?

To make garlic knots, start by cutting one of the dough segments into quarters. Roll out each piece into a rope, then tie each rope into a knot.

Place the dough knots a baking sheet, brush them generously with melted butter, then sprinkle garlic powder and parmesan cheese on top. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.

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2. Casserole Topper

You can use biscuit dough as a topping for just about any casserole dish. Just quarter each biscuit and put them on top of your casserole, then bake until your casserole is hot and the biscuits chunks are golden brown.

Get creative with your own casserole recipes or try making the family-friendly version of classic Biscuits and Gravy, a Taco Biscuit Bake for your next fiesta, or a beefy, cheesy Philly Cheese Steak Biscuit Bake.

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3. Waffles

It doesn’t get easier than making meals in your waffle maker! Simply preheat and grease your waffle iron, then place one biscuit inside and press.

Once the light on your waffle maker turns green and your “biscuit waffle” is golden brown, it’ll be ready to eat. Waffled biscuits are especially tasty served under hot chili, or smothered in honey and butter. (Mmmm…)

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4. Calzones, Hand Pies, And Empanadas

Whether you stuff them with shredded cheese and pizza toppings, fresh fruit, or mouth-watering meat like my Twice-Baked Crockpot Carnitas, biscuit dough makes a great outer shell for a handheld snack.

Use a rolling pin to flatten a biscuit dough segment to about 4 inches wide. Place your filling of choice onto one half of the dough, fold the other half over, and pinch the edges to seal everything in.

Bake at 350°F for about 18 minutes, then be sure to let it cool for a few minutes. (No one need to recreate the agony of biting into a Hot Pocket right after it comes out of the microwave!)

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5. Monkey Bread

This shareable, pull-apart bundt will have everybody flocking to the table! To make an easy loaf of monkey bread, start by separating the dough segments and cut each one into quarters.

Toss the dough pieces into a ziplock bag filled with cinnamon sugar, then give it a good shake to make sure every piece gets coated. Arrange the sugared dough pieces evenly into the bottom of a lightly greased bundt pan.

Pour 1/2 cup of melted butter over the top of the dough pieces, then sprinkle 1/2 cup of brown sugar over the top. Bake 350°F for 40 minutes or so, then turn the pan upside down to reveal the gooey, caramel-y goodness.

(If you’re more of a fan of savory flavors, try this delicious monkey bread variation. )

Have you ever used biscuit dough as a recipe shortcut?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • My favorite ways to used canned dough is usually in my Chicken and Dumplings as well as casserole recipes where I need to stretch the ingredients. Chili Cheese Hot Dog casserole is always a winner in our house. Just make sure to cut each biscuit into 8 pieces.

  • Does canned biscuit dough come gluten free, as well as regular?
    I ask as you mentioned that one of your young adult children was gluten intolerant.
    My husband is Gluten Intolerant and I do not want to have to cook two separate meals, as I am not gluten intolerant.

  • I’ve pressed them into muffin tins, filled with meat (pulled pork, ground beef, ground chicken, etc.) mixed with barbecue sauce, and baked.

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