I need to confess something and please don’t judge. I mean, if anything, Chowhound is the place where we can answer questions we are too embarrassed to ask and geek out about foods that we love or crave without shame.
Anyway, here it is: I love me some Bisquick.
Do you even remember what that is? Do you still use it? If you spent any time watching what happens in the kitchen, your parent or grandparent probably pulled out a box of the good stuff on a weekend morning to make pancakes. That, or this happened many times throughout the week to whip up—well—just about anything. It was always delicious because Bisquick makes everything easier and t-t-t-tasty. Now, if that wasn’t you, here is a Bisquick refresher.
Bisquick was created by General Mills in 1930 after a top sales executive had some exquisite biscuits in a train dining car. The chef had premixed lard, flour, baking powder, and salt and then kept it all on ice so he could speedily bake fresh biscuits for the passengers. Apparently, this concept had yet to be marketed. So, the exec rushed home and came up with his own formula that could be boxed and stored outside the fridge. It was originally sold as a biscuit mix that was “90 seconds from box to oven.” Put simpler, a way “to make biscuits quick.” After they released it, I imagine the cries of joy must have sounded like Boston at the end of last year’s Super Bowl.
Nowadays, baking out of a box is as American as apple pie. Bisquick even comes gluten-free, and many a Bisquick lover has used this base to hack faster ways to make things that we love like casseroles and rolls.
Here are nine reasons why Bisquick is one of the most versatile ingredients in your kitchen.
With fall and winter and upon us, cold days and days of colds are highly likely to be rampant in our future. So, why not make Bisquick dumplings like mamma used to? Oh, but that is too hard, right? Nope. This is an easy, 30-minute, one pot recipe with thick white sauce and chive dumplings. Get the recipe.
Few things are more American than a corn dog. That juicy flavor of salty, roasted pork or beef wrapped in sweet, crusty corn. It’s a snack, a witty hors d’ouevre, or a meal that will make your inner child happy. Sure, you need cornmeal, but the Bisquick will take care of making sure they bake to a perfect crunchy perfection. Get the recipe.
I recently agreed to a family vacation with five children and 10 adults. If you have kids under the age of seven, you know it’s not only hard to feed them, but you always need to entertain them. Nothing works better than a pizza party. First, the kids learn and start to feel comfortable in the kitchen. Second, they don’t find reasons to fall or fight (if you are lucky). This recipe is super easy and yeast-free, which is a nice step to skip with potentially impatient kids. It also makes a biscuity crust that is moist and soft. I recommend adding a little garlic and onion powder to the dough if you want to add a bit more flavor. Get the recipe.
Ever want Mexican food, but you’ve run out tortillas? Never fail at this critical life moment again. Just make more. The recipe is so simple that tortillas are just a little 30-minute bake session away. The best part is that you let dough sit for 20 out of the 30 minutes. So, grab a marg and thank Bisquick for the win! Get the recipe.
Health is important but every now and then you crave a bit of fried chicken. The Bisquick oven-baked chicken is said to taste like KFC. So, yaaaas, please. Try to control yourself once you give this one a try and save those deep frying points for something more exotic like the following. Get the recipe.
Every dessert has a moment. And right now, I am all about churros—crispy fried dough with cinnamon sugar. One problem: I always find them randomly at an amusement park, festival, or street fair, so I have no control over the oil and ingredients. Thanks to Bisquick, I can now make them at home. Get the recipe.
This is the silliest little recipe that is all about having cake with as little commitment as possible. Back in college, for so many reasons, we would just crave a little cake. The problem was that there was no reason to keep buying cakes for just a nibble. Enter cake in a cup or “mug cake.” Who doesn’t want cake in five minutes? Get the recipe.
In high school, I had a teacher who forever made her way into our hearts and stomachs because she’d periodically bring in “insert-x” bread. I tried to emulate this at work, but sadly, bread is hard sometimes and I have no time to suffer for the benefit of others. Thus, Bisquick makes sweet bread-making fail-proof. Once you have mastered this banana bread, you can start to switch in veggies, as well as add nuts, seeds, and/or dried fruit to use up whatever else you have lying around the house. Get the recipe.
Having a bad day? Need some TLC: tender-loving cookies? Let’s face it. Some days just suck and you need to be home, put on sweatpants, and enjoy a chewy, soft bit of chocolate and dough. The ingredients in Bisquick make the cookies practically fluffy and crispy at the same time. Enjoy and feel better! Get the recipe.