This is one of my favorite recipes to use. I never buy Bisquick because it is just white flour, which isn't good for anyone. It tastes weird to me, and pretty much is going to have some preservatives in it.
I like the natural flavor of my homemade version, which doesn't leave a strange aftertaste in my mouth. Economical? I haven't exactly priced it. The amount in a store bought box isn't as much as this recipe makes. But about anything I make at home is tons cheaper. I should probably get a breakdown on the pricing done. I guess I'm just lazy and don't know how to figure out how much 1/3 cup of baking powder costs. Anyway, here it is.
Basic Biscuit Master Mix
4 cups wheat flour
4 cups unbleached white flour
4 teas. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking powder
1 1/4 cup powdered milk
2 cups shortening
Mix all dry ingredients together. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender, fork, knives or rub between fingers till shortening is blended well and mixture is crumbly like graham cracker crumbs. It's ok if some lumps are slightly larger. It doesn't have to be perfect.
Place mixture in a gallon size ziplock freezer bag. Date it and label what it is. It should keep for months in the freezer or fridge. Use with any Bisquick recipe.
Now for one of my favorite and easy to make main dishes. I got it out of a magazine probably from a bisquick ad.
Easy Cheeseburger Pie
1 lb. ground beef (I use ground turkey)
1 c. chopped onion
1/2 teas. salt
1 cup milk
2/3 cup biscuit mix
1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a large pie plate. Cook beef and onion till beef is brown. Drain fats. Spread in pie plate. Sprinkle with salt and cheese. Stir remaining ingredients till blended. Pour over the stuff in pie plate. Bake for 25 minutes.
My whole family will eat this. Even the ones that complain about onions.