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How to Build a Biscuit Bar to Feed Your Crowd

Created November 1, 2018
This build-your-own biscuit bar is everything you need to calm a hungry crowd of guests. Trust us.
Whether you’re hosting out-of-town guests or throwing a holiday party, it’s no secret that the food is the main event. It can also be the most stressful part of the event. Enter: this brilliant idea to feed your people. With freshly baked biscuits and a variety of toppings, this simple, throw-together spread lets your guests DIY their way to deliciousness. So the next time you find yourself with an army of mouths to feed, create your own biscuit bar for the easiest holiday hosting ever. Here are some inspirational ideas to get you started!

If you have out-of-town guests staying over and are in need of a quick breakfast option, or if you’re looking for something new to serve for brunch other than your go-to egg bake, then look no further: this serve-yourself biscuit bar is an impressive way to get your people fed and get your people fed fast.


Which Biscuit Should You Use?

The best part about a biscuit bar is that you can make it as easy or as fancy as you’d like. It all comes down to the biscuits you serve and the toppings you choose. You can certainly use made-from-scratch biscuits if you have the time or have a favorite recipe already in mind, but since this biscuit bar is all about simplicity, we used Pillsbury Grands!™ Buttermilk Biscuits. You have a few options with Pillsbury’s buttermilk biscuits. You can buy a few cans of refrigerated Grands!™ Southern Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits (they come in packs of eight) or you can buy the value pack of Grands! Buttermilk Frozen Biscuits in either a 12- or 20-pack.


You may be tempted to experiment with the many options out there for refrigerated or frozen biscuits, and while they will all taste homemade, the Grands! Buttermilk Biscuits bear a close resemblance to from-scratch biscuits. And if you’re really trying to make this simple, click here to add them straight to your online shopping cart.

Sweet or Savory?

There are a couple of ways you can dress up your biscuits for the buffet. If you’re building a sweet biscuit bar, brush melted butter on top of each biscuit and sprinkle with decorative sugar before baking. This adds an extra touch of sweetness and sparkle to your biscuits.


If you prefer to offer a savory biscuit bar, you can do the same step with dried herbs. Pro tip: we sprinkled Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning from Trader Joe’s on biscuit dough


Our recommendation is to offer a mix of sweet- and savory-style biscuits. It will give more variety to the look of your buffet and people can experiment with the toppings.


Speaking of toppings, while we love a warm, buttery biscuit on its own, we are all about the jams, butters and fresh fruit. Get creative here. Again, you can go all out or keep things simple; you can also go all in on sweet toppings or all in on savory. We think you should do both! Use an assortment of serving dishes or stick to similar vessels. Small, shallow bowls, mason jars or large ramekins work well. Be sure to label each condiment and be cognizant of food allergies.

Nothing is off the table when it comes to your creative biscuit bar ideas, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

Sweet Biscuit Bar

  • sliced strawberries or bananas
  • whipped butter
  • Greek yogurt
  • honey
  • apple butter
  • peanut butter
  • cinnamon butter
  • strawberry butter - To make this, blend a stick of unsalted butter, ½ cup of strawberries and ¼ cup of sugar with an electric mixer 
  • Nutella
  • an assortment of jams and jellies

Savory Biscuit Bar

  • pimento cheese spread
  • hot pepper jelly
  • compound butter - Making compound butter is easy! Simply mix softened butter with fresh herbs like rosemary, chives, oregano or garlic. 

Toppings You Can Make Yourself

Easy Skillet Bacon Jam

If you have leftover biscuits or want to transition from brunch to lunch, set out deli meats like ham and turkey, an assortment of sliced cheeses and condiments like mustard and mayonnaise; your biscuit bar has now transitioned into a biscuit sandwich bar! You could also keep with the breakfast theme and serve sausage gravy from your slow cooker or eggs to make breakfast sandwiches.

The options are endless and options are exactly what you need when you have mouths to feed with different taste buds. A biscuit bar keeps your guests happy and full and keeps you out of the kitchen!