Seeing Stars

Hubby's Chicken and Biscuits, one of the most popular casseroles on the menu, is topped with homemade, ultra-flaky buttermilk biscuits.

Star-shaped buttermilk biscuits.

Why stars? Well, there's a story behind that.

One day I was making the casserole for my family and I couldn't find my round biscuit cutter. I searched and searched and couldn't find it anywhere.

I considered using a glass to cut the biscuits, but knew it'd be hard to get the sticky dough loose.

I glanced at my 4 year-old daughter, playing with Play-Doh and saw a round shape cutter.

"Would the plastic Play-Doh cutter work?"

I quickly dismissed the thought. Clearly, I was getting desperate ... but not quite that desperate.

I then thought of my stash of cookie cutters. Surely I had something in there that'd work. I pawed through the various shapes and took a mental inventory. A gingerbread man, hearts, Santa hats, various sizes of candy canes. Everything I had was associated with a holiday.

"How much longer until supper?" shouted my 9 year-old son from the living room. "I'm hungry!"

"Just a few more minutes," I called, spying a star-shaped cookie cutter. In sheer desperation, I grabbed the star, cut the biscuits and threw the casserole in the oven.

Fast forward 20 minutes ...

The biscuits fluffed up and the points of the stars were buttery and crisp. My kids love this dish anyway, but when they saw the star-shaped biscuits, they were impressed.

"Wow, cool!" they said as they sat down at the table.

While my husband and I broke up our biscuits with our spoons, the kids carefully extracted theirs whole and nibbled at the crispy points.

The star-shaped biscuits were a hit. Dinner was saved!

Later that week, I found my round biscuit cutter. Don't ask me how I overlooked it. I have no idea. But it really doesn't matter anymore. The stars won. I'll never make round biscuits again.

Baking tip: Just before taking Hubby's Creamy Chicken and Biscuits casserole out of the oven, turn on the broiler for a few minutes for extra brown and crispy biscuits. Careful to avoid burning!