Friday, February 26, 2010

Biscuits 'n' Gravy

One side of my family is Italian...the other side is from the South.  Grammy taught me how to cook meatballs.  My mamaw taught me to make biscuits and gravy. I've tweeked it over the years and decided that this is it. The best spicy sausage gravy around.   The whole meal costs about $2-$3!

3 cups of 2% milk (a lower fat content milk isn't recommended, the gravy needs the fat to be creamy)

1 roll of breakfast sausage (plain or spicy)...maple? no. I buy Jimmy Dean in the large 2 lb roll at Sam's Club for about $5 and cut it into 3 sections & freeze it.  Use about 2/3 lb of sausage for this (you can use an entire 1 lb. roll, but you'll have some leftover on the side.)

2 tbsp butter

3 tbsp flour

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt - if you use unsalted butter, you may need to add a bit more salt. I used salted butter.
1/2 black pepper

1-2 packages of biscuits (I buy the little ones at Aldi for $.38 a roll and they are fantastic & low fat too!)

Get a medium saucepan hot & start your sausage up! You really want to break it up and brown it well. I like to add a little crushed red pepper flake to the sausage at this point.  You want the sausage to release it's fat so we can use it to make the gravy. Cook it down until the color is deep.

Scoop the sausage out of the pan and drain it on paper towels. Leave as much of the fat in the pot as possible along with some yummy brown bits.

Add 2 tbsp butter (I'm figuring you'll have about 1 tbsp of fat in the pan) and get it melting. Add the chopped onion & cook until soft.

Add a little salt & pepper to season the onion. The gravy will need a bit of salt because we don't want it to just taste like milk. We want flava!

Sprinkle in the flour, incorporate it with a whisk and cook for a minute.

Now SLOWLY pour in the milk while whisking out the lumps, until all the milk is in.  Add a teaspoon of salt & 1/2 tsp of black pepper. TASTE IT. Is it too salty? Add a little more milk. Is it too bland? Add more salt!

Get the biscuits in the oven. (these are the $.38 biscuits from Aldi)

Bring the gravy up to a slow boil while stirring it often. It will thicken. 

Now add 1 cup of the cooked sausage back into the gravy.

If the gravy is on the thin side, you can mix 1 tsp of cornstarch with a tbsp of cold milk and add it into the gravy and bring back to a boil. If it's too thick, you can add a little more milk to thin it. We all have different preferences...make this your own!

Split your biscuits in half. Pour on some gravy. Top with a little extra crispy sausage & CHOW DOWN!

*We always have leftover gravy. It freezes well! Annnd, it's great on a breakfast skillet or to dip toast in the next morning.

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