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This Is Why Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits Are So Delicious


Red Lobster might be known for the seafood
fare but their extra special bread is what
makes the brand ultra famous.
What makes the Cheddar Bay Biscuits so on-another-level
delish?
We dug deep to give you the lowdown.
What’s the real magic behind these cheddar
biscuits, which didn’t officially appear on
the Red Lobster menu until the early ’90s?
Red Lobster’s head chef back then, Kurt Hankins,
replaced the traditional sugar in your standard
biscuit recipe with garlic powder.
Then he added in the cheddar.
It was completely crazy.
But it worked.
“You’ve done some crazy s–t in the past,
but this one takes the biscuit.”
The garlic isn’t just in the dough, though.
A self-described former Red Lobster employee
revealed on Reddit that they also coat the
biscuits with garlic butter.
“Basically, we have a guy whose sole duty
is to mix the mix with water, roll the mixture
into little balls, put them on a tray in an
oven, take them out, and brush them with garlic
butter.”
So just what kind of cheddar does Red Lobster
use?
According to a Red Lobster redditor, what
Red Lobster calls, quote, “quality-aged Cheddar
cheese” is specifically “medium cheddar.”
As the name suggests, medium cheddar is sharper
than mild, but not as sharp as longer aged
cheeses like sharp or extra sharp cheddar.
It’s not just about taste, though: because
it isn’t aged as long as sharp cheddar, medium
cheddar melts easier and at a lower temperature,
making it perfect for baking in a biscuit.
While “drop” and “roll out” might sound like
interchangeable terms for releasing a new
album, they are actually two different techniques
for baking biscuits.
Those lighter than air Cheddar Bay Biscuits
you devour every time you hit Red Lobster
are dropped, not rolled out.
Beside the airy consistency, dropped biscuits
also have that wavy, homemade look, as compared
rounder biscuits like the ones McDnoald’s
offers.
Part of why the biscuits at Red Lobster are
so darn tasty is because they are pretty much
always super fresh and piping hot when they
land on your table.
According to the chain,
Cheddar Bay Biscuits are mixed by hand and
going into the oven every 15 to 20 minutes.
Red Lobster says that means that across the
country they’re cranking out about a million
biscuits a day!
Looks like the only real guarantees in life
are death, taxes and fresh Cheddar Bay Biscuits
during operating hours at your local Red Lobster.
The brushed on garlic butter definitely gives
the Cheddar Bay Biscuits their zing.
But they’re also delicious without it.
In fact, if you’re watching your fat and salt
intake, eating them without the garlic butter
might be your best bet.
A supposed current Red Lobster worker reported
to Quora that he enjoys them just as much
without the added garlic butter.
He wrote,
“My favorite way to eat a biscuit is right
from the oven without any garlic topping,
and you can have them this way too.
If you’re concerned about the salt and fat
content, just ask your server if you can have
your biscuits without the garlic bread topping.
You’ll get the very next batch out of the
oven, still steaming and almost too hot to
eat.”
We hate to break it to you, but there is no
such thing as Cheddar Bay.
It’s not real.
The closest you’re likely to get in the real
world is maybe Lambeau Field.
However, Cheddar Bay” is a great marketing
tactic.
Until 1993, Red Lobster simply offered Cheese
Garlic Bread.
But then-head chef Kurt Hankins said the new
name was
“…created to bring the biscuits to life,
embody the seaside theme, and emphasize that
these are not your typical biscuits.”
Amen to that!
Part of what Cheddar Bay Biscuits so good
is that you can only get them at Red Lobster.
But you can come pretty darn close at home,
as the restaurant has begun selling boxed
baking mixes with the Cheddar Bay label, which
you can buy in stores, or online.
“Oh good news, your biscuits arrived.
‘Ey?”
It’s not quite the same, though.
You have to add your own butter and cheese,
for instance, and figuring out the exact type
of butter and cheese Red Lobster uses is basically
impossible.
Still, they do include a pouch of their signature
“Garlic Herb Blend” to add to the butter supplied
by you.
Is it the same?
No.
But any Cheddar Bay Biscuit is a lot better
than none at all.
Who’s hungry?
Check out one of our newest videos right here!
Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
restaurants are coming soon.
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Randall Smitham

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47 COMMENTS

  1. Dani Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    No one is talking about the amazing bread at Sizzler !!!

    Reply
  2. mjhonold Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Cheddar Bay Biscuits are not to die for!!

    Reply
  3. Mark Dixon Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    They're basically what's known as Drop Biscuits … with cheddar, garlic salt and extra butter. I like them even better with sharp cheddar and thin green onion slices mixed in. Many Drop Biscuit recipes are available on YouTube. They are easier to make than regular biscuits … super easy!

    Reply
  4. Mitch Williams Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Just had these the other night. Try them with a side of their ranch, it is to die for.

    Reply
  5. Mick Cotton Bar -B - Q Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    I’m making those Cheese 🧀 Biscuits Right Now 😇

    Reply
  6. CDog 5150 Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Sprinkle them with some craaaack🤣🤣🤣

    Reply
  7. IG: ohhitznene Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    That shit look mouth watering

    Reply
  8. David Estep Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    My wife makes her own. Just as good as their fresh or frozen ones.

    Reply
  9. Anne Collins Posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    You have to admit Red Lobster biscuits are Addictive lol..

    Reply
  10. Cindy Lloyd Posted on August 3, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    2 boxes in cupboard. Bwahaha!

    Reply
  11. T Posted on August 3, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Anybody think of the Boondocks while watching this?

    RILEY: Taking women out to eat, giving 'em free meals? What part of the game is that? You taking her to Red Lobster with the cheddar biscuits. The fam ain't eating cheddar biscuits, but this random broad is eating cheddar biscuits.

    Reply
  12. Gaming bitch Posted on August 3, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Its so goooood

    Reply
  13. stormking989 Posted on August 3, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I never had this delicious Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits. 🦀

    Reply
  14. moon glow Posted on August 3, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    I love Red Lobster – never tried their Cheddar Bay Biscuits‼️🇺🇸

    Reply
  15. Richard Simmons is a Russian Troll Posted on August 3, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    don’t say relish

    Reply
  16. canadaglennrz Posted on August 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    The cheddar is fake cheddar. It's not real. Ditto with the "butter."

    Reply
  17. RICOLIVES116 PS4 Posted on August 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I could've sworn you made this video once before

    Reply
  18. kinpatu Posted on August 4, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Do the recycled and microwaved leftover biscuits from the waitress's last table also count as 'fresh'?

    Reply
  19. Euclidean Plane Posted on August 4, 2019 at 12:36 am

    0:31 HAHA WELL HEY THERE GUYS! MASHED HERE! I USED MY SEARCH ENGINE OF CHOICE TO FIND CLIPS OF FAMOUS PEOPLE SAYING SOMETHING ABOUT BISCUITS! HAHA! ISN'T IT SO GREAT? HAHA!

    I fucking hate television, I'm here to get information, our culture cringes the shit out of me, probably as much as this message cringed the shit out of you.

    Reply
  20. Kit Cat Posted on August 4, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Yum…. doctor up my jiffy mix biscuits with garlic and Colby jack shredded cheese.😹

    Reply
  21. Marc Pullen Posted on August 4, 2019 at 1:56 am

    These are like crack. I could get a surf and turf to go there and fill up just on these devil biscuits.

    Reply
  22. tamcar04 Posted on August 4, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Had some on Thursday….soooo good!

    Reply
  23. pink penguin Posted on August 4, 2019 at 3:04 am

    I make these at home , from scratch , they failed to mention the old bay seasoning .. smh ..

    Reply
  24. Alex B. Posted on August 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

    #biscuitblocker Fluffy anyone?

    Reply
  25. Dianna Smith Posted on August 4, 2019 at 5:29 am

    They're easy to copy, I did. Just mix some bisquick drop biscuits, add cheddar cheese (I use sharp, gives it more flavor) then slather with melted butter with parsley & garlic powder in it. They tasted exactly like the Red Lobster biscuits.

    Reply
  26. Frevel Cason Posted on August 4, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Only reason I haven't committed a crime, not available in prison!

    Reply
  27. Itchybell games Posted on August 4, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Anything is delicious if you throw enough seasoning and MSG on it

    Reply
  28. Deborah Walters Posted on August 4, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    While these biscuits are very good, I miss the hushpuppies they use to serve. Sometimes you can get hushpuppies, if you ask, but they aren't as good as the ones they served before the biscuits became popular.

    Reply
  29. Pebbles4red Jackson Posted on August 4, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Sad to say this is the only thing that is good on the menu.

    Reply
  30. Doing the Homework Posted on August 4, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Cocaine

    Reply
  31. Jeff Spehar Posted on August 4, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    My father may he RIP loved these.

    Reply
  32. Dangic23 Posted on August 4, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Yuk….they are not.

    Reply
  33. Ann Victoria Paras Posted on August 4, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    My daughter made these last week from the box. Exactly like original!

    Reply
  34. KeybladeScar Posted on August 5, 2019 at 2:39 am

    Red Lobster Biscuits are like crack cocaine

    Reply
  35. Matthew Regalla Posted on August 5, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Red lobster employees know the best way to eat the biscuits is to dip them in the pina colada sauce that comes with coconut shrimp. That stuff is amazing I can tell you for sure. I’ve worked there for 3 years now and I never tire of the biscuits.

    Reply
  36. tntntntntntntntntn ntntntntntntntntnt Posted on August 5, 2019 at 10:35 am

    TRY THIS FOR A GREATER TASTE !!! COLD PRESS SOME GARLIC !!! TAKE THE JUICE, THE GARLIC LEFTOVER & NUTRI
    BLENDER THEM WITH MORE GARLIC !!! NOW USE THIS AS YOUR WATER MIXTURE WHEN MAKING YOUR RED LOBSTER
    BISCUITS , YOU CAN ADD CHEESE TOO !!! ADD WHATEVER FLAVOR YOU WANT TO THE MIXTURE !!! YOUR HOICE !!!

    Reply
  37. shane trent Posted on August 5, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    They are nasty and inedible.

    Reply
  38. Mashed Posted on August 5, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    What's the best restaurant appetizer around?

    Reply
  39. KENNETH BARNEYCASTLE Posted on August 5, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    all GMO'S BISCUITS JUST LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE LIKE ALL RESTUARANTS

    Reply
  40. Queen 15 Posted on August 5, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I thought it was only me😱😱😱😍😍
    Popeyes biscuits too

    Reply
  41. Carmen Santana Posted on August 5, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Yummy biscuits

    Reply
  42. __ Posted on August 7, 2019 at 12:35 am

    rrrreeeedddaaahhhttttt

    Reply
  43. J J Posted on August 8, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Did anyone else notice the odd, out of place, attempted subliminal advertisement for Lady and the Tramp at the 2:01 mark? Hmmm…

    Reply
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