Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
What’s the perfect breakfast for a lazy Sunday morning? In my opinion it’s biscuits and sausage gravy with cheesy scrambled eggs. Biscuits, pillowy soft on the inside and a little crispy on the outside with creamy, peppery gravy chocked full of sausage. Now we’re talking. It’s my favorite breakfast ever. No matter where we go to eat breakfast out I always get the biscuits and gravy. Most are terrible, some are ok, but none are the same as homemade. A question. Do you crumble or halve your biscuit? I always crumble. My green-eyed Irish guy always halves. I want to get as much gravy as I can with each bite. My Grandma always made biscuits and cornbread every day. She, being a good southern woman. used lard. Sorry, no lard usage here. Try these and you’ll see it’s not so hard to make your own.
His and Hers
To make biscuits:
2 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
1/4 cup solid shortening, cut into cubes
2/3 cup milk (I use 2%)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place all dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Add cold butter and shortening. Mix with a pastry blender or two knives until butter and shortening are pea sized pieces. You’ll want those pieces in your dough to ensure you have flaky, pillowy biscuits. Measure milk in a one cup glass measure, add egg and whisk with a fork to combine. Make a well in your dough, pour milk mixture in and mix with a spoon until just combined. You don’t want to over work your dough or you’ll have tough biscuits. Turn dough out onto a floured counter or board, knead 4 or 5 times until dough holds together and is no longer sticky. I don’t roll my dough. I just pat it out with my hands to about 1/2″ thickness. Dip a 3″ biscuit cutter in flour and cut out as many biscuits as you can. Gently pat dough together again and cut as many biscuits as you can again. If you have any dough left over, gather it together cut it into pieces, forming biscuits with your hands. Place on a baking sheet. Brush with melted butter (or if you’ve got the handy dandy spray butter use it). Bake for 8-10 minutes or until nicely golden brown.
To make sausage gravy:
1 pound ground sausage of your choice
1/4 cup flour
4 cups of milk
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
In a large skillet on medium heat, brown sausage making sure to break it into small pieces. Do not drain. You’ll need this to make the roux for your gravy. Add the 1/4 cup of flour to the sausage. Cook this for a minute or two to take the raw taste out of the flour. Stir in milk. Continue stirring until it thickens to your preferred consistency. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Taste to make sure seasoning is correct. Add more salt and/or pepper if needed.
Now crumble or halve that biscuit, top it with your delicious gravy and enjoy.
Wishing you love, laughter and cake,