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Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits ~ Southern-style comfort food for breakfast or brunch. Creamy country-style sausage gravy over split warm buttermilk biscuits.

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, in skillet with spoon, biscuits in background.

I don’t even know where to start with this post.  This is the kind of food that is just good old comfort food, plain and simple.  It’s homey, hearty, down-home delicious.  And it is so easy to make.

Here I go with another Ohio story.  When we visit my husband’s family, we stay with his brother, Don, and sister-in-law, Paula.  She often makes us a big breakfast before we hit the road to go back home.  This is where my kids fell in love with biscuits and gravy. Picky Eater ordered it in a restaurant here at home and said it was good but not as good as Aunt Paula’s.  My other two girls say the same thing.  

In Ohio, the sausage to use is Bob Evans.  That’s what everybody eats and Paula swears by the stuff.  It comes in a pound package, and to brown it, Paula wields some sort of utensil with prongs on it to help break up the meat.  Never seen anything like it.

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits in bowl with fork

So I started making sausage gravy and biscuits for these guys on an occasional Sunday morning or holiday.  Well, I don’t make the biscuits, for two reasons.  One, I do not like to bake first thing in the morning.  And, two, I am not a great baker.  

There are really good frozen biscuits out there and that’s what I use.  They taste great, better than my attempt at homemade.  If you make good biscuits, then by all means, make a batch.  When I do make my own, this is the recipe I use for homemade buttermilk biscuits.

The gravy is pork breakfast sausage, flour, butter and milk.  And lots of fresh, cracked pepper, and I like to add a little Old Bay seasoning.  That’s it.  I wanted to make this for Picky Eater before she headed off to college but it just didn’t happen.  So I just made it for Meathead and me and froze the leftovers for her when she comes home soon.  

The store I was at did not have Bob Evans sausage.  So, blasphemy, I used Jimmy Dean.  I’m sorry Don and Paula, please forgive me.  Use whatever kind of sausage you like, mild or spicy or even turkey sausage.  It will be just fine.

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, raw breakfast sausage in skillet before browning

Also, it is kind of hard to break up the sausage while it’s browning.  I take the big hunk of sausage and tear off little pieces into the pan, then turn on the heat and brown it.  Much easier this way, I think.

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, finished sausage gravy in cast iron skillet

When we are all home and I make this, we always have scrambled eggs with it.  My husband and I decided on over easy eggs and it was the best.  Nothing like a runny yolk and sausage gravy and biscuits.  Only thing missing was some hot sauce.  We were out of it.  Next time I’ll be sure to have some, it just elevates it a notch with a good shake of hot sauce.

I think of this as hearty breakfast food but it occurred to me as Meathead and I were stuffing our faces that this would be good for dinner some time.  He agreed wholeheartedly.  So dinner it is sometime soon.  We’re still talking about how good this is ~ Kelly

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, gravy in skillet with biscuits in background.

I make this all the time for the family breakfast on holidays, and usually this sour cream coffee cake, too!

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Sausage gravy in skillet with wooden spoon.

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Creamy country-style sausage gravy over warm, split buttermilk biscuits.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American/Southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of pork breakfast sausage (any darn kind you like)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of whole milk (plus more to thin, as needed)
  • lots of fresh , cracked pepper, like 2 teaspoons at least

Instructions

  • Prepare biscuits, either homemade or frozen.
  • Cut open cylinder package of pork sausage and tear into small pieces and place in a single layer in a large, heavy skillet, preferably cast iron.
  • Turn heat on to medium and let brown before stirring, you want to hear a good sizzle before you start stirring and browning until just done.  While sausage browns, make roux: melt butter in small saucepan, stir in flour and mix well, cook and stir for one minute.
  • Do not drain grease.  Add the roux to the browned sausage/drippings and mix well and cook another minute or so.  Stir in some freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Slowly add the milk and stir the whole time until it starts to thicken. Be sure to scrape up any browned bits and be careful not to burn the gravy while it's thickening.  Stir frequently until thick, adding more milk to thin, as necessary.
  • When desired thickness is reached, add a little salt and more freshly cracked black pepper. Taste. Add some more pepper.
  • Split a biscuit and generously spoon the sausage gravy over it. Add an over easy egg or two if desired (highly recommended) and a few shakes of hot sauce.

Notes

  • I like to add a little Old Bay seasoning, it's so good! Or a little seasoned salt. You're the boss, apple sauce.
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Recipe Rating




Lauriana Manes

Sunday 4th of October 2020

This was so easy and absolutely delicious! I am not a big sausage gravy person but my husband is so I made half a recipe and it was perfect. I just learned how to make my grandma's / mom's homemade biscuits, so this is a really nice addition, and it was good on my scrambled eggs too. I may be a sausage gravy person now! Also, laughing at the Ohio obsession with Bob Evans. I am from Ohio too, and I just found another brand I like, but for my first try I did use the old stand by!

Kelly

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Glad you liked it, yep, can't go wrong with Bob Evans! Homemade biscuits and scrambled eggs, YUMM!!

Randy

Thursday 24th of September 2020

I’ve tried several sausage gravy recipes and I have to say I like this one the best of any I have tried . And my wife agrees . So that makes it official .

Kelly

Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Aww, thank you. Credit goes to my sister in law who taught me right.

Yvette

Friday 10th of April 2020

If I use 2% milk, do I need to add extra flour?

Kelly

Friday 10th of April 2020

You could sprinkle a little flour on the browned sausage, stir it in and then add the roux, it will thicken nicely.

Shelly

Tuesday 17th of March 2020

We loved it! Definitely my new go to, super easy and taste great!!!

Kelly

Saturday 21st of March 2020

Yay!! One of my family's favorites.

Jay

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Made this last week, and it was so good and so easy to make that my husband requested it again this week! I followed the recipe to a T last time, and this time I stirred in some fresh rosemary before serving. Thanks!!

Kelly

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

My family always requests this when we're all together. Nice addition with the rosemary!

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