2021 Food & Wine Best New Chef Thessa Diadem's streusel-topped corn biscuits star a trio of corn — cornmeal for texture, creamed corn for moisture, and freeze-dried sweet corn for its intense flavor. "Freeze-dried corn works better than fresh corn, which has too much moisture." Diadem says. The labneh in the recipe mimics full-fat buttermilk and provides acid that helps the biscuits rise.
Chadwick Boyd's biscuits get an upgrade from a thyme-infused mash of potatoes, celery root, and cream. Substitute 1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes, if desired. Run your hands under very cold water and dry well before working butter into flour in step 2 and working the dough in step 3. "This is the granny method," says Boyd. "It's the tactile way of merging the butter and flour—with your hands. You literally snap it between your fingers and thumb."