Who Needs Red Lobster?

So I’m out running errands last Friday and out of nowhere I get a craving for fresh seafood.  And not just any fresh seafood, but shrimp and crab in a white wine sauce over fettucine.  And what else goes with such a dish? Well, cheddar bay biscuits of course.

I put out a call on FB, hoping someone might volunteer to make me such a delicious dinner that evening.  And to my surprise, there were no takers.  Their loss, really.  I could have just driven straight to the Red Lobster in Milpitas, but I wasn’t feeling it.  Then I remembered the recipe sitting in my email in box for knock-off cheddar bay biscuits, just like you get at the famed rouge crustacean location.  So I pulled into the nearest grocery store and picked up the ingredients for a delicious dinner.

I’m not gonna pretend that cracking the crab wasn’t time-consuming and messy.  Nor was it overly pleasant to have the smoke alarm in my apartment go off every time I opened the oven door to check on the biscuits.  But I’ve said it before.  Even if you are cooking for one, you (and I) am worth the work it takes to make a delicious meal that fulfills even our oddest cravings.

Though the next time I get the urge to cook like this, I’ll invite over some friends to bring the wine and dessert.

Recipes:  The white wine sauce is simple, the pasta “fresh,” and you seriously couldn’t tell the difference between these biscuits and those other guys’ variety.


Seafood in White Wine Sauce w/Cheddar Bay Biscuit.  Note the ever-present pink glitter on the table.

Seafood in White Wine Sauce w/Cheddar Bay Biscuit. Note the ever-present pink glitter on the table.

White Wine Sauce

1 clove of garlic (more if desired)
1/4 cup white wine
4 tablespoons butter
Pinch of salt (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley

In a skillet, boil down chopped garlic in wine. Continue cooking over low heat stirring occasionally 15 minutes.

Allow to cool. Stir in parsley.

Whisk in some room temperature butter, stirring over low heat. Add salt and more wine as needed.

Simmer five minutes.

Add fresh seafood of choice at the very end to heat through.  Toss with fresh boiled pasta of choice.

“Cheddar Bay” Biscuits

2 c Bisquick
2/3 c milk
2/3 c shredded cheddar cheese (I used sharp)
6 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 c sour cream
1/4 c parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450.

Mix: milk, parmesan, sour cream, cheddar, bay seasoning, Bisquick, garlic powder.

Portion onto cookie sheet

Cook for 8 minutes

Melt butter – brush butter on each biscuit and sprinkle a little salt.  Place biscuits back into over to bake for 2 more minutes.


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