The Institute by Stephen King: Sausage and Cheese Biscuits


I’m really behind with my book reading/cooking. I’ve read many more books than I’ve shared this year, but I’m just plugging along when I have the time. Several months ago I bought The Institute by Stephen King from Costco and I enjoyed every minute of it. Rated 4.23 stars on goodreads at the time I wrote this review, I gave it 5 stars.

The Institute is not a scary book by King, but very much a sci-fi thriller. Luke, along with a bunch of other kids, have been kidnapped and sent to an institution. The people in charge of this institution want to take advantage of the telekinetic and telepathic abilities of these children.

This book never stopped. I enjoyed it so much. If you want to read it yourself, be on the lookout. I intend to set up a giveaway sometime today or tomorrow – one lucky reader will win one of the books I reviewed on my blog this year of their choice.

But back to The Institute. This book included some food references:

  • Hardboiled egg and pancakes
  • Liver and onions
  • Chicken-fried steak, green beans, and peach cobbler
  • Cornbread and a slice of cake
  • Sandwich and a cake or sweet tea
  • Moonpie or cherry tart
  • Peanuts or pork rinds
  • Pepperoni pizza
  • Cookies, nuts, apples
  • Buffalo wings or tomato bisque, bison burger or American chop suey, apple pie a la mode or Magic Custard Cake
  • Breaded mushrooms, chopped steak with salad
  • Popcorn for breakfast
  • Creamed corn
  • Scrambled eggs with bacon and home fries
  • Meatloaf
  • Pancakes drenched in blackberry syrup
  • Gigantic cupcake
  • Peanut butter crackers and a coke
  • Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Doughnuts stuffed with jelly
  • Potatos
  • Oatmeal
  • Mac and cheese
  • Hot dogs and baked beans
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Cheese and sausage biscuit, a Hostess fruit pie, and a bottle of Carolina Sweetheart Springs Water
  • Dinty Moore Beef Stew
  • Chicken drumsticks, burgers, and fries
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Corndogs and pizza
  • Big pot of spaghetti

Without giving away too much of the story, Luke is able to escape the Institute and tries to run to safety. But this isn’t any easy task. And he’s hungry.

“Luke crawled out of his hiding place so fast he cracked the good-ear side of his head on the housing of a riding lawnmower. He didn’t even notice. Heaven was in that bag. He could smell it.
Heaven turned out to be a cheese-and-sausage biscuit, a Hostess Fruit Pie, and a bottle of Carolina Sweetheart Spring Water.”

And boy, do I get it. The smell of these biscuits is heavenly.


Sausage and Cheese Biscuits


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup butter, cold
1 lb sausage, cooked and drained
1/2 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 oz feta cheese
1 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut the butter into cubes and then cut the butter into the flour, so it resembles small crumbles the size of peas.
  3. Mix in the cheese and sausage. Then mix in the buttermilk. Once you can’t stir anymore, knead the dough together with your hands.
  4. On a parchment paper covered baking sheet, spread the dough into an 8×10-inch rectangle. Cut the dough into 12 equal size pieces and spread apart so they aren’t touching.
  5. Brush the melted butter on the top of the biscuits.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Makes 12 biscuits.

This is being shared with Foodies Read, Weekend Cooking, Over The Moon, Mix It Up Monday, and Busy Monday. 

6 thoughts on “The Institute by Stephen King: Sausage and Cheese Biscuits

  1. Thanks for clarifying that this isn’t a spooky book. I don’t mind thrillers and mysteries, but I don’t like scary monsters. The biscuits sound really good — perfect for cool weather eating.


  2. I listened to the audio edition of The Institute and thought it was really good! It reminded me of the TV show Stranger Things, which I got hooked on this past year. Your sausage and cheese biscuit looks delicious!


  3. I’m another who read one or two of his in the past, and have avoided since. This however, sounds like a book I’d like. And, your sausage and cheese biscuits would be a great recipe to make and have for several breakfasts.


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