Monday, March 10, 2014

Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

I'm sharing one of my favorite things today . . . Biscuits with Sausage Gravy.

The posted recipe is from The Food Network with actual measurements  since I don't measure when I make my gravy, but I'm also including my recipe without measurements.

First of all . . . please please please do not use refrigerator biscuits!!!  Biscuits are so fast and easy to make and the quality and taste of the biscuits makes such a huge difference in this dish.

I'll agree with the choice of sausage . . . Jimmy Dean Sausage is the best!  I use the original version, but that is my preference.  I've never used the crumbles . . . I prefer sausage patties.

Since it is just The Captain and I, we don't need that huge gravy recipe.  If you want to make less, just cut the measurements in half or less.

The way I make mine . . . I make sausage patties for our breakfast with eggs, and I make one or two extra patties for the gravy, depending on how much I want to make or how much sausage we have on hand.

Once the sausage patties are done, remove from heat and set aside.

Add butter to the pan you cooked the sausage in (don't discard sausage drippings) and add equal part of flour once it is melted and bubbly . . . be careful not to burn the butter (amounts depend on how much gravy you want to make).

Gradually add milk and cook, constantly stirring, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Crumble sausage patties set aside for the gravy into the mixture.  Adjust ingredients as you go to make sauce to the consistency and amount of gravy you prefer.

I've never made my gravy without butter . . . I just like the taste butter gives the gravy.  Instead of milk, I prefer to use half and half . . . no-fat half and half can be used if lighter version is desired, you really can't tell the difference.

Here is the Food Network's version . . .

can (16 ounces) refrigerated jumbo buttermilk biscuits (8 biscuits)
pkg. Jimmy Dean® Original Hearty Pork Sausage Crumbles
1/4 cup flour
2 -1/2 cups milk
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Bake biscuits according to package directions.

Meanwhile, cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat 5-6 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Stir in flour. Gradually add milk; cook until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Split biscuits in half. Place 2 halves on each of 8 plates; top with about 1/3 cup gravy.

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DAR Lady, The Occasional Cook said...

Hi gina,
I totally agree with you about not using canned biscuits. I never use them, in any recipe!
I'd like to make a suggestion though if I may. Something you might like to try to enhance the flavor of your gravy. As you know I'm a Kentucky farm gal and we make what we call "Sawmill Gravy" which is essentially sausage gravy. BUT, to start your gravy try using bacon grease to make your roux. Then when the gravy is done crumble your sausage up in it. And there's nothing wrong in adding butter to the bacon grease for that flavor you're looking for. I just get the butter flavor from buttering my biscuit. And nothing takes the place of REAL butter. I also NEVER use margarine. LOL Bon Appetit` from DAR Lady aka The Occasional cook @

Gina Alfani said...

Hey DAR Lady!!

Those refrigerator biscuits are so nasty!!

Thank you for mentioning adding bacon grease to make the roux! Doesn't bacon make everything better?

LOL what is margarine?

Bon Appetit to you too :)

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