Local List: Easy Bistro uses country ham from Jakes Brothers Country Meats in nearby Joelton, Tennessee, but they also love Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams based in Madisonville, Tennessee.
Their buttermilk comes from Cruz Farm in Knoxville, herbs from nearby Crabtree Farms, and cheese from Sequatchie Cove Creamery.
Herb Cheese Biscuit with Blackberry Mostarda, Country Ham, and Melon
4 ounces verjus (champagne vinegar will work if you can’t source verjus)
4 ounces soy sauce
2 ounces local honey
2 pounds of seedless watermelon, cut into blocks (we use sugar babies)
Whisk together wet ingredients and marinate watermelon one hour or up to overnight. Take out of marinade and slice blocks into 1/8 inch thick square slices (think sushi).
2 pounds of ripe blackberries
4 cups of granulated sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/4 cup black mustard seed
1/4 cup yellow mustard seed
Wash and sort through berries, picking off any stems or leaves and removing any that are not firm and fresh. Add half of the berries to a large pot with half the sugar. Very lightly crush, then top with remaining berries, vinegar, salt, and sugar; toss, and then lightly crush again. Add the lemon zest, juice, and mustard seeds. Stir and let rest for 30 minutes.
Cook in heavy-bottomed pot on medium heat for 10-12 min, stirring constantly until mixture has reduced and thickened. Let cool.
Herb Cheese Biscuit
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. minced fresh garlic
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, optional
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup herbs of your choosing
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup cheese of your choice
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper, if using.
In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together buttermilk and butter. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula until moist. Gently fold in herbs and cheese. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter evenly onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden
Have your butcher or grocer slice it as thin as possible.
Building the Biscuit
Cut biscuit in half and lay down a slice of watermelon. Top generously with mostarda. Pile ham on top until pillowy and delicious. Eat.