Maid Rites are my hometown favorite meal – I’ve been eating them since I could chew! These Maid Rite Biscuit Bites are a delicious take on the traditional sandwich made with a can of biscuits and some garlic butter – so good!!!
Maid Rites are also known as a loose meat sandwich (like Roseanne had on her show) – or even a Crumb Burger in Indiana! The meat has a lot of great flavors added to it and then it’s traditionally eaten on a cheap burger bun with mustard and pickles. I’ve taken that same notion and put it in the middle of a biscuit – so good!
How do you make Biscuit Bites?
I got the idea for this from my foodie bestie – Plain Chicken! She has these amazing French Dip Biscuits – omg so good! I saw them and instantly knew I had to make Maid Rite Biscuits!
You start by making your Maid Rite meat mixture – it’s hamburger with a bunch of good stuff thrown in the pan so the liquids boil away and leave the flavor. It’s got beef bouillon, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce – literally all my fav flavors. You can undercook the meat a little since you’ll be baking it and it will finish there.
Once the meat is ready – open a can of flaky biscuits and separate them all in half. They pull apart really easily! Roll half of the biscuits out so they’re a little flatter and then lay them on a non-stick cookie sheet. Spoon 1/4 cup of the Maid Rite mixture onto the biscuit. Top with pickles and a half slice of Land o Lakes American Cheese. Then roll out the other biscuit halves and top the biscuit halves. Then loosely pinch the two halves together.
Melt 1/2 stick of butter and minced garlic together in the microwave. Stir it all up and then baste on the top of the biscuits. Then bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes and you’re good!
Where are Maid Rites from?
There’s a little debate around the state of Iowa as to who had them first – but they definitely started there. Either in Marshalltown or Muscatine in the mid-1920s. According to a 2010 article in the Quad City Times, the founder’s grandson was interviewed back in 1976 and said, ““It (the sauce) looks like root beer and is made from certain beef and vegetable extracts.”
Can you make Maid Rite Biscuit Bites ahead of time?
Yes definitely! You can make these earlier in the day and get them on your cookie sheet and refrigerate them covered until you’re ready to bake. Or you could make a big batch of the meat ahead of time – and then make these Biscuit Bites or my slider recipe – or even regular Maid Rites whenever you want!
Iowa Maid Rite Recipe Ideas
What to serve with Maid Rite Biscuit Bites
Maid Rite Biscuit Bites
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tsp Better than Bouillon Base (or 1 beef bouillon cube)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1.5 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
- dill pickles
- 10 count Grands Flaky Layer Biscuits
- 5 slices Land o' Lakes American cheese
- 1/2 stick salted butter
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- Preheat oven to 350
- Brown ground beef over medium high heat – break up completely into tiny pieces – about 2/3 way through
- While beef is browning, spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray
- Pull apart flaky biscuits in half and roll them out to be a little flatter and place half the biscuits onto the cookie sheet
- Add bouillon, water, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire and soy sauce to ground beef. Simmer on low until liquid is evaporated and remove from heat
- Spoon 1/4 cup beef mixture (or a little less) onto the biscuit halves
- Lay a couple of pickles slices and 1/2 slice of cheese on top of the meat
- Top with the other half of the biscuit and pinch together on the sides
- In a microwave safe bowl, place butter and garlic and cover with press & seal – microwave for 1 minute. Stir together
- Using a silicone baster, spread the garlic butter on top of the sandwiches
- Bake 12-15 minutes
- Serve with a mixture of Ketchup and Mayo or your favorite burger sauces