The Big Biscuit Barn in Rossville has the largest biscuits around town, according to owner Phyllis Cabe, of Rossville.
"When I thought about opening a biscuit house, I wanted to make my biscuits bigger and fluffier," she said, adding that she doesn't skimp on any part of the painstaking creation process. "Everything is done from scratch. We cut everything by hand. I worked on my biscuit recipe for one year."
She is cooking up new ways to offer her handmade biscuits this holiday season with catering menus featuring her new biscuit bites, which don't require an appetite the size of St. Nick. The small mouthwatering biscuits come inside a buffet pan filled with 12 of the store's ham bites, sausage bites, or cinna-barn bites to which apple or blueberry topping can be added. The bites can be ordered cooked or frozen.
"People are used to a monster size biscuit here, but pans have regular size biscuits," said Cabe. "People can freeze them and put them out Christmas morning. The biscuits are ready to go to parties."
The holiday Breakfast to Go Buffet feeds eight people and consists of choice of eggs, bacon, sausage and ham, sausage or plain gravy and grits and the famous Big Biscuit Barn biscuit.
A third holiday catering menu for eight offers a choice of chicken pot pie, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, country style steak with gravy, chicken and dumplings, biscuits and cornbread, green beans, real mashed potatoes, simmered pinto beans, fried okra, barn macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, tossed or cranberry nut salad.
"If you work at the Biscuit Barn, you eat," Cabe said with a laugh. "I like the regular cinnamon biscuits."
When she opens the store at 5:30 a.m., after starting cooking at 4:30, there is a line typically already forming at the store's drive-thru window, she said.
She said the store is like her home and the customers are her family.
"I put 'Praise the Lord, we're open' on the sign," said Cabe, who opened her store Dec. 7, 2007.
She said the sign will remain up as long as the doors remain open.
"[God] helps us every day," she said. "The Bible tells us to thank him in the good and the bad."