8/2/12

Mmmm Breakfast! Homemade Sausage Gravy over Biscuits




Living in Southern California and then later, the upper Midwest, I was often teased for my penchant for good old Southern down home cooking.  One of those was my homemade biscuits (light as a feather and tender even on the second day!) and of course... my love of sausage gravy.  Through the years I had tried a few different gravy 'recipes' but in the end, the most simple is also the best.  Once in a while I crave this and whip it up for a nice, hot breakfast.  That's saying something for me, as I'm not usually a breakfast person!  I prefer coffee - hot, strong and black most days.  But on days when I do want breakfast?  This hits the spot.

Because I don't make a huge amount of this -  only enough for about 2 or maybe 3 people, I don't use a recipe and I don't measure.  I hope you play with your food too and adjust as you wish.

Sausage Gravy over Biscuits

Breakfast Sausage: 3-4 sausage links or patties (whatever you have on hand)
1 T flour
1 1/2 c milk
fresh ground black pepper
garlic salt
Biscuits

In a skillet over medium-high heat cook the sausage links, patties or you can use about 3/4 cup ground breakfast sausage from a tube.  As it cooks, break it up and crumble it.  When it's golden brown, add the flour and with a whisk or fork, cook and stir for about a minute to cook the flour into the fat from the sausage.  Add the milk while still whisking.  As soon as it comes to a boil, lower the heat and simmer on low about 2 minutes while you season to your taste with black pepper and a bit of garlic salt.  Serve over split, warm biscuits.

*** You can also make this with bacon instead of sausage!  It's incredible! 

Biscuits

2 c flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 T sugar
1/4 c butter, cold
3/4 c milk

Place the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and stir or whisk together. Add the butter in pieces and 'cut in' until crumbly using your fingers. Stir in the sugar and add the milk all at once. Mix with a fork until it holds together. Remove the dough and pat into a 1 inch high rectangle or circle with your hands on a lightly floured surface. Using a biscuit cutter or a circle cookie cutter cut straight down, do not twist! You can use a knife and slice the dough into squares if you don't have a cutter. Place on an un-greased pan. Brush with melted butter if you prefer and bake 12-15 minutes at 450.

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