Ted Lasso Is Actually Southern, Right?

Plus, a new book shares a recipe for that other kind of biscuit he bakes for his British boss

Photo: Meg Chano

The lovable lead character in the smash hit TV series Ted Lasso is technically from Kansas. But he just seems so Southern. “Y’all” is his favorite pronoun. He delivers criticism in joke form. He punctuates a powerful speech (in that not-so-subtle accent) with the words “barbecue sauce.” American college football makes his heart go pitter-patter (but he’s open to learning about other sports). And the actor who plays him, Jason Sudeikis, was born in Fairfax, Virginia (but moved to Kansas as a kid, darn it). But perhaps the most Southern-seeming thing about Ted is how he wins over his intimidating boss, Rebecca, by baking for her. Every single day.

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In a new cookbook, The Unofficial Ted Lasso Cookbook, two friends who are huge Lasso fans created recipes inspired by the show, including “Biscuits with the Boss.” These aren’t Southern biscuits—these are British-style biscuits, or what Americans might call shortbread cookies. “At the beginning, Rebecca is unfriendly and harsh,” the cookbook’s co-author Aki Berry says. “But Ted bakes her these biscuits every day, and you can see him in his kitchen, sanding sugar on them, and he presents them to her in this cute little pink box. She absolutely adores them.”

Berry, who grew up in Texas, does feel some kinship to Ted. “He could totally be Southern,” she says. “He’s charming and hospitable and cooking is so fundamental to him. He cooks as an extension of himself.”

photo: Courtesy of Aki Berry and Meg Chano
Aki Berry (left) and Meg Chano.

Berry generously shares the recipe here, and in the new cookbook (and on the blog she writes with co-author Meg Chano) she includes instructions for folding your own tiny pastry box—to deliver to anyone who could stand to soften a little, bless their heart.


  • Biscuits with the Boss (Makes 16 Biscuits)

    • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature, for greasing

    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour

    • ½ cup almond flour

    • ½ cup granulated sugar

    • ½ tsp. coarse salt

    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled

    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or paste

    • Pinch of turbinado sugar (optional)


  1. Set an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a  8 × 8-inch baking dish with butter and set aside.

  2. Pulse both flours, the sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor to combine. Add the butter and vanilla and pulse until the dough resembles wet sand.

  3. Transfer the dough into the baking dish, evenly smoothing it with an offset spatula. Using your hands, firmly press the mixture into the dish to flatten the mixture. If the mixture is too sticky, lay a piece of parchment paper on top of the dough during this process. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is lightly golden.

  4. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with the pinch of turbinado sugar, and let cool before cutting. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

From The Unofficial Ted Lasso Cookbook by Aki Berry and Meg Chano. Copyright © 2023 by Aki Berry and Meg Chano. Reprinted by permission of Harvest, an imprint of HarperCollins.




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