Holston House’s Pimento Cheese Biscuits

Executive Chef Shannon Williams with Holston House's signature restaurant TENN shares her recipe for their Pimento Cheese Biscuits.
Updated: Feb. 3, 2022 at 12:45 PM CST
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Pimento Cheese Biscuit Recipe (makes 18 biscuits)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch cayenne (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (4-ounce) jar pimentos, drained
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups butter milk


  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, garlic powder and cayenne in a large bowl.
  • Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. We recommend keeping butter very cold and grating with hand grater into flour.
  • Add pimentos and cheese to flour mixture and stir in buttermilk with a spoon (you can use more or less buttermilk just until you have a ball of dough you can pick up).
  • Place dough out onto a floured surface and cut into biscuits
  • Place biscuits on a baking sheet close together and brush tops with either melted butter or buttermilk.
  • Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes until brown on top.

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