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Cheddar-Polenta Biscuits with Ham Salad
© Tina Rupp

Cheddar-Polenta Biscuits with Ham Salad

  • TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: makes 8 sandwiches
  • FAST
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • STAFF-FAVORITE

  1. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup instant polenta
  3. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon sugar
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  7. 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, packed
  8. 1 cup milk
  9. 2 scallions, white and light green parts, chopped
  10. 1 small celery rib, cut into 1-inch pieces
  11. 1 jalapeño, seeded and quartered
  12. 1/2 pound sliced smoked ham, coarsely chopped
  13. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  14. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. In a bowl, combine the flour, polenta, baking powder, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Using 2 table knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the cheddar, then stir in the milk until the dough is moistened.
  2. Using 2 large soup spoons, scoop 8 mounds onto the baking sheet. Lightly press down on each mound. Bake the biscuits for about 19 minutes, until the tops are golden and the bottoms are browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly.
  3. In a mini food processor, pulse the scallions, celery and jalapeño until finely chopped. Add the ham; pulse just until finely chopped. Pulse in the mayonnaise and mustard; season lightly with salt and pepper. Slice the biscuits; fill with the salad; serve.
Notes If you don't have time to make the biscuits, the ham salad is terrific served on pita chips or crostini cut from a baguette.