Whenever I go to Ruby Tuesday or The Red Lobster restaurant, I always look forward to their cheesy herb biscuits. I decided to try and make an approximation of them that would not break my calorie bank.
These biscuits are savory and slightly rich but have far less calories than the restaurant version.
Cheesy Herb Biscuits with Tarragon – Great Side Dish
These biscuits are very tasty and make a great side for a savory stew or soup and also go well with any casserole. The buttermilk adds a nice tang to the recipe and goes very well with the tarragon.
I used reduced fat Cabot cheddar cheese to lighten the calories. Cabot is my favorite brand of reduced fat cheese because it tastes delicious and you can cook easily with it because it spreads and also melts well during cooking.
Tarragon adds a nice licorice touch to the parsley and chives. It makes a very tasty biscuit.
Be careful not to add too much salt. I added 1 tsp at first and it was too much for my tastes.
Tasting these cheesy herb biscuits
Even thought these biscuits have been lightened up, the flavor is there because of the use of buttermilk and a blend of parsley, chives and tarragon.
They have a mild cheesy flavor with a tangy fresh herb taste that I really enjoyed.
This recipe makes 12 full sized biscuits. Each one has 135 calories, with just 3 grams of sugar. Each biscuit is 5 Weight Watchers Smart Points.
In contrast, the Red Lobster biscuit is quite a bit smaller and has 160 calories.
What is tarragon?
This fresh herb is one that you might not have found very often. I search for it each year when it’s time to plant my herb garden in the spring and it is not as readily available as common herbs such as basil, oregano and parsley.
But it is well worth searching out. Tarragon has a hint of licorice to it and adds a lovely touch to many foods. I use it often to cook chicken breasts or fish.
Tarragon is also known as estragon. It is a perennial herb from the sunflower family. The plant is commonly used and grows wild across much of Europe and North American.
It is often used in French cooking and has health benefits, as well.
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- 2 cups self raising flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
- 2 tablespoon fresh chopped tarragon
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
- 1 cup Cabot reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup reduced fat buttermilk
- 4 tablespoon butter
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
- Stir with a whisk to combine.
- Add the fresh herbs and mix well.
- Grate the cheese and add with the buttermilk and butter to the dry ingredients.
- Drop onto the parchment paper and cook for 18-20 minutes until golden.
Tip: an ice cream scoop makes a great way to drop the dough onto the baking tray.
Each biscuit has 5 WW Smart Points
Serving Size:1 biscuit
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 5.5gSaturated Fat: 3.5gUnsaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 16.2mgSodium: 572.2mgCarbohydrates: 17.4gFiber: 0.0gSugar: 3.3gProtein: 3.5g