National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day is a holiday observed on May 14th that honors a classic bread product enjoyed with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They were developed from hardtack—an inexpensive and long-lasting bread product made from only flour and water.
Biscuits improved on this concept with the addition of lard, buttermilk, and baking powder, creating a fluffier and more palatable bread product. Right before the American Civil War, biscuits came to replace bread because they were easier to carry, more durable, and did a better job of sopping up gravy. They have been an American food choice ever since and now have their own holiday.
Amazing Facts About Biscuits
- May 29th is National Biscuit Day—just don’t confuse it with this holiday.
- Since biscuits use white flour, they can spike a person’s blood sugar levels quite quickly.
- In the South, many people put mustard on their biscuits.
- In the Midwest, biscuits are commonly served with sausage gravy.
- Rolls use yeast to rise, while biscuits use baking soda.
Observing National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
There are so many ways to enjoy biscuits for National Buttermilk Biscuit Day that it’s almost impossible to list them all here. However, we’ll give it a shot and list some of our favorite ways to eat biscuits. They’re great for biscuits and gravy or biscuits and jam, and leftover biscuits can be used for making casseroles, trifles, or croutons.
Most people also don’t realize that leftover biscuits are quite tasty when turned into bread pudding. No matter what you decide to make, however, just be sure to snap a picture of your biscuit creation and post it to social media using the hashtag #NationalButtermilkBiscuitDay.