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Karl Worley’s Family Reserve Biscuits

Karl Worley | February 18, 2020

This recipe comes to us from our friend Karl Worley at Biscuit Love in Nashville, Tennessee. "These biscuits are so special because they’re my grandma’s recipe and I love to share them with others,” said Karl of the biscuits that have made his restaurant so popular. Karl suggests topping them with sweet jams or savory gravy. 

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Karl Worley’s Family Reserve Biscuits


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, very cold
  • 2 tablespoons lard, very cold
  • 1 cup full-fat buttermilk
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, for shaping
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, for shaping


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8-inch cast iron skillet
  2. Mix together dry ingredients. Grate the cold butter and lard into the dry ingredients and toss to distribute. Pour the buttermilk and cream into the dry ingredients and mix until just barely combined. It should resemble cottage cheese. 
  3. Use a 4-ounce scoop or spoon to place one dollop of dough into a bowl with the remaining flour. Sprinkle flour on top. Pick up the dough ball and gently shake off excess flour. Place into the skillet very close together. 
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and set. 
  5. Pour melted butter over biscuits as soon as they are out of the oven. 

Chef notes: Double the recipe for a 10 or 12 inch skillet. 

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Contributed By: Karl Worley

Chef Karl Worley grew up in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, where he learned to cook from his mother in Bristol, Tennessee. He received his culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University in 2010. After spending time in the kitchens of Rioja in Denver, he further developed his passion for sustainable agriculture and farm-to-table restaurants while working for the Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough, NC. Through sourcing top quality seasonal ingredients, he is known for creating delicious dishes that honor the deep-rooted traditions of the South.

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