• 1 cup ham steak, diced
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, plus more for the baking sheet (3/4 stick)
  • 1 1/2 cups smoked Gouda, coarsely shredded (about 4 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt, (low-fat is okay)

  • For The Maple Butter

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Butter a large baking sheet (or coat it with nonstick spray).

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Use a pastry cutter or your fingertips to add the butter, working the mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in the ham, cheese and chives. Add the yogurt, stirring until just combined.

Drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet in 12 equal mounds, about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the Maple Butter: in a medium bowl, combine the butter and maple syrup. Add salt to taste and transfer to a serving bowl.

Serve the biscuits with Maple Butter on the side.

12 biscuits (Nutritionals include 1 tsp maple butter per biscuit)

*Use a ham steak, as opposed to deli-style sliced ham, for meaty cubes. You can find ham steaks in the deli section of most supermarkets.

Serve these biscuits for brunch, lunch, or dinner—they complement anything from a frittata to a bowl of soup to a special-occasion roast. To change things up, try using different cheeses or substitute cooked bacon or diced prosciutto for the ham.

Calories: 190 calories

Protein: 12 grams

Fat: 7 grams

Sodium: 650 milligrams

Cholesterol: 35 milligrams

Saturated Fat: 3 grams

Carbohydrates: 21 grams

Fiber: 2 grams