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Beyond Bread And Butter: 27 Recipes You Never Thought You Could Pull Off Using Biscuits

Weather-weary foodies, rejoice: Comfort food season is here! At last, it's time to reward yourself for a year well-spent and indulge a little in the holiday makings. And if you're the one who's supposed to actually make all the treats, you'll probably want a few smart cooking shortcuts up your sleeve so that you can cram in that very-necessary holiday R&R between meals.

One yummy shortcut we love: frozen biscuits. These warm, flaky puffs of bread are more versatile than you think — from pizza crusts to dumplings to slider buns, you can use them to make otherwise complex dishes on the fly, without compromising that nostalgic, homemade smell we all crave this time of year. That's why we've partnered with the biscuit experts at Pillsbury this season to find out more about how these holiday classics can be transformed to fit your every mood and table size.

Here's the happy result: 27 totally delicious recipes we never thought we could pull off using biscuits — but did.

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  • Apple Pie

    Southern-style biscuits become flaky pie crusts for these individually-sized desserts. Number of ingredients: 10 | Prep time: 15 min | Total time: 55 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/little-cranberry-apple-pies/e197db30-365b-4186-8781-5dfdc12a9ac9">Get the recipe</a>

  • Tostadas

    A flattened biscuit quickly transforms into a tostada topped with shrimp, salsa and cheese. Number of ingredients: 8 | Prep time: 30 min | Total time: 30 <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/shrimp-biscuit-tostadas/5a513ec5-8fdf-4681-9f16-69e5d939b36c">Get the recipe</a>

  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    These cute little cakes are baked in custard cups and are best served warm. Number of ingredients: 7 | Prep time: 10 min | Total time: 40 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/little-pineapple-upside-down-cakes/a7a250db-723f-44a4-86f7-2b777852e3a7">Get the recipe</a>

  • California-Style Pizza

    Biscuits as pizza crust. Why didn't we think of that? Number of ingredients: 9 | Prep time: 30 min | Total time: 30 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/california-pizzas/f9ebecd2-b343-4d37-b213-b7336b3e94a1">Get the recipe</a>

  • Bread Bowls

    A better, fluffier bread bowl dresses up this cheesy baked potato side dish by <a href="http://amandascookin.com/">Amanda's Cookin'</a>. Number of ingredients: 8 | Prep time: 15 min | Total time: 40 min <a href="http://amandascookin.com/2012/10/twice-baked-potato-biscuit-bowls.html">Get the recipe</a>

  • Dumplings

    Easy, wintry comfort food in 15 minutes. Number of ingredients: 2 | Prep time: 15 min | Total time: 15 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/easy-chicken-and-dumplings/630c295f-2a8a-4106-9514-8766a7309244">Get the recipe</a>

  • Tres Leche Cake

    A twist on the classic ultra-moist tres leche cake. Number of ingredients: 7 | Prep time: 10 min | Total time: 30 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/strawberry-almond-tres-leche/def08257-363d-491d-b84a-a182a1024b15">Get the recipe</a>

  • Barbecued Pork Sliders

    Number of ingredients: 3 | Prep time: 15 min | Total time: 30 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/barbecued-pork-biscuit-sliders/826064aa-828c-4c2c-911b-e78115b1c568">Get the recipe</a>

  • Chicken Pot Pie

    Number of ingredients: 9 | Prep time: 10 min | Total time: 4 Hr 40 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/slow-cooker-biscuit-chicken-pot-pie-cooking-for-two/0d82daae-d135-4cf6-b290-d6ad10a84758">Get the recipe</a>

  • Bread Pudding

    Biscuits make this rich, old-fashioned custard dessert a whole lot easier. You can bake the biscuits up to 2 days before preparing the pudding (after they have cooled, store in a sealed food-storage plastic bag at room temperature). It won't matter if they're no longer as soft as they were fresh-baked — the milk and sugar mixture will work its magic either way. Number of ingredients: 8 | Prep time: 20 min | Total time: 1 Hr 15 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/biscuit-bread-pudding/f310661c-f78e-4afd-926f-533539dd5a8c">Get the recipe</a>

  • Corned Beef Sandwich

    A new direction for the Reuben, and we're totally on board. Number of ingredients: 6 | Prep time: 10 min | Total time: 25 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/corned-beef-biscuit-sandwiches/0f655fb5-768e-4170-bda3-7d7d5a83c640">Get the recipe</a>

  • Berry Shortcake

    Number of ingredients: 7 | Prep time: 10 min | Total time: 30 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/cherry-valentine-shortcakes/45284be2-cddc-43c6-bd6f-28fd4e30da4d">Get the recipe</a>

  • Lasagna

    Individually-portioned lasagna cups? Yes, please. Number of ingredients: 10 | Prep time: 20 min | Total time: 1 Hr 10 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/four-cheese-veggie-lasagna-cups/25efc9b2-7ef5-4165-a8f1-bb4668b69f36">Get the recipe</a>

  • Mini Cheeseburgers

    Biscuits serve as the buns for these mini cheddar cheese, mushroom and onion burgers by <a href="http://sweetnicks.com/">Sweetnicks</a>. The vegetarian version of the dish uses Portobello mushrooms in place of beef. <a href="http://sweetnicks.com/weblog/2012/10/recipe-mini-double-onion-cheddar-patty-melts/">Get the recipe</a>

  • Pizza Pot Pie

    Number of ingredients: 7 | Prep time: 20 min | Total time: 45 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/biscuit-pizza-pot-pies/18ef093c-1231-4620-a62b-40805363a4bc">Get the recipe</a>

  • Caramel Nut Cake

    Number of ingredients: 6 | Prep time: 5 min | Total time: 40 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/caramel-nut-breakfast-biscuits-club-store-pack/d6cd1a01-7b29-40ef-bf47-ecbe1b624baa">Get the recipe</a>

  • Herbed Foccacia

    Restaurant-fancy bread. Ready to serve in just 20 minutes. Number of ingredients: 5 | Prep time: 10 min | Total time: 20 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/fresh-herb-topped-mini-focaccias/023147e3-9de9-4e24-88e4-8ef7e774017e">Get the recipe</a>

  • Fruit Pizzas

    A sprinkle of sugar and a fruity topping turn biscuits into in a fun and simple dessert. Number of ingredients: 5 | Prep time: 10 min | Total time: 20 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/peach-n-strawberry-fruit-pizzas/58166b88-cadd-4988-aec6-b0853cb9cb4e">Get the recipe</a>

  • Sloppy Joe

    Number of ingredients: 10 | Prep time: 15 min | Total time: 40 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/sloppy-joe-biscuit-pot-pies-club-store-pack/0bdafda9-8ed9-468d-ab86-6ea50a454823">Get the recipe</a>

  • Parmigiano Chicken Sliders

    <a href="http://www.bellalimento.com/">Paula Jones'</a> popular parmigiano panko chicken sandwiched between honey biscuits makes a mouth-watering slider. <a href="http://www.bellalimento.com/2012/10/15/parmigiano-panko-chicken-honey-biscuits/">Get the recipe</a>

  • Hawaiian Pizza

    Number of ingredients: 6 | Prep time: 45 min | Total time: 45 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/hawaiian-pizza-biscuit-appetizers/edb89e2d-c158-4da9-aec4-fccd7abb89a7">Get the recipe</a>

  • Sticky Toffee Pudding

    Warm, sweet, tempting — and slathered with gooey sauce. Nothing not to love here. Number of ingredients: 10 | Prep time: 10 min | Total time: 50 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/sticky-toffee-pudding/226253ea-cc40-43b9-b944-1beac58a105a">Get the recipe</a>

  • Bananas Foster

    Number of ingredients: 6 | Prep time: 5 min | Total time: 20 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/bananas-foster-shortcakes/aaa916c9-1859-486d-ab2e-f66b1ac0e3c6">Get the recipe</a>

  • Peach And Brie Crostini

    Number of ingredients: 6 | Prep time: 40 min | Total time: 40 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/peach-and-brie-biscuit-bites/ac01ed4c-f174-4aee-89b5-691e4b545234">Get the recipe</a>

  • Bacon-Avocado Cheddar Melt

    Number of ingredients: 6 | Prep time: 25 min | Total time: 30 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/bacon-avocado-cheddar-melts/3ee3865f-6edc-4f6f-8e1d-099a13b76eeb">Get the recipe</a>

  • Ham And Cheese Breakfast Pizza

    Pizza for breakfast (and we don't mean last night's leftovers) gets a much-needed makeover. Number of ingredients: 9 | Prep time: 15 min | Total time: 30 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/ham-swiss-and-cheddar-breakfast-pizza/2cec4702-1d43-47c1-b722-c76a614632b9">Get the recipe</a>

  • Buffalo Chicken Sliders

    Number of ingredients: 6 | Prep time: 40 min | Total time: 40 min <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/buffalo-chicken-biscuit-sliders/6d2ab031-fbc2-4471-ab28-18a918ba6547">Get the recipe</a>

Do you have brilliant cooking shortcuts of your own to share? Let other readers know in the comments how you're getting through this holiday season without spending 24/7 in the kitchen.

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