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drop biscuits in a cast iron skillet filled with ham and cheese

Ham and Cheese Drop Biscuits

These easy homemade ham and cheese drop biscuits are both tender and buttery. Made with black forest ham and sharp cheddar cheese, these biscuits are made in a cast iron skillet for the best addition to breakfast or brunch! 
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 248 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter divided
  • cup cold buttermilk
  • ½ cup diced black forest ham
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • Place a 10" cast iron skillet in the oven and preheat it and the oven to 400˚. 
  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine and remove any lumps.
  • Cut 6 Tablespoons of the cold butter into small pieces and using a pastry cutter or fork, cut it into the flour until the butter pieces are the size of small peas and well incorporated.
  • Add buttermilk, ham and cheese and stir until the mixture just comes together into a wet dough. Place the dough in the freezer to chill for 5 minutes.
  • While the dough is chilling, add the remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter to the preheated cast iron skillet in the oven to melt. 
  • Once the butter is melted, remove the skillet from the oven using a towel or oven mitts and remove the dough from the freezer. Scoop the dough out in 8 equal pieces and drop it into the buttered skillet.
  • Place the skillet back in the oven and allow the biscuits to bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops and edges of the biscuits are golden brown.


  • To make the most tender, flaky biscuits, be careful not to over mix the dough. Just stir the ingredients together until the dry ingredients are wet and just mixed together.
  • To also help the biscuits be both tender and flaky, make sure your ingredients are super cold. Ingredients can be measured out and stored in the fridge ahead of time to help with this.
  • Make sure to use oven mitts or oven gloves to take your skillet in and out of the oven so you don't get burned.
  • Buttermilk Substitute - Mix ½ cup of whole milk with 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and let it sit in the fridge for 5 minutes. Mixture will be thickened and slightly lumpy. 

Substitutions and Variations

  • Ham - Black forest ham can typically be found at the local deli. It has a rich, smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the sharp cheddar cheese. Honey ham or smoked ham would be great alternatives as well, just watch out for varieties that maybe overly salty.
  • Cheese - Sharp cheddar cheese adds a great contrast in flavor to the rich flavor of the ham. Alternatively, mild cheddar or swiss cheese could also be used.
  • Meat - These biscuits would also be good with diced or crumbled cooked sausage or bacon instead of ham.
  • Scallions - Add ¼ cups of thinly sliced scallions with the ham and cheese for extra flavor.
  • Vegetarian - Omit the ham in this recipe to make this recipe vegetarian.

Alternative Cooking Methods

While these drop biscuits have the best texture when made in a cast iron skillet, they can also be made using a pie or cake pan, small casserole dish or muffin pan. Don't preheat these pans ahead of time like you would the cast iron skillet, but do make sure they are greased with butter or baking spray. Cooking times may vary. 

Make Ahead and Storage Instructions

It's not recommended to make the drop biscuit dough ahead of time. The finished biscuits, however, can be made ahead of time and warmed up in the microwave or oven for serving time.
Baked and cooled biscuits can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days and the freezer for up to 1 month.


Serving: 1biscuitCalories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 7gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 666mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 454IUCalcium: 140mgIron: 1mg
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