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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

"You've never had biscuits and gravy?"

My husband was shocked, but no, it was not something my parents ever made for breakfast when I was growing up. I'm from the Boston area, and breakfast was usually either cereal, various preparations of eggs, sometimes with bacon, various pastries, or the occasional loaf of Polish rye bread from Alice's Bakery in Southie. My husband is from northern California, which doesn't scream "biscuits and gravy" to me, but his mom grew up in Kansas, so that's probably where it comes from!

What is standard breakfast fare in your neck of the woods?


These tender, flaky biscuits are a fabulous complement to the creamy gravy, which has just the right spice from the fennel in homemade sausage.

Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy
Source: Slightly adapted from Beantown Baker and Good Things Catered
Yield: Serves 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Total time: 27 minutes



  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (I used Earth Balance vegan butter sticks)
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 8-12 ounces chicken sausage (I chopped up 7 pre-cooked patties, which ranged from 1 to 1.5 ounces each, since that is what we had on hand)
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • pepper


  1. For the biscuits: Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture until the butter pieces are pea sized. Add the milk, stirring just until combined.
  2. Turn dough out onto a work surface dusted with powdered sugar or whole wheat pastry flour. Roll out dough to 1" thick.
  3. Cut dough into rounds or other desired shape. Top each biscuit with a small cube of butter.
  4. Bake biscuits at 450 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. For the sausage gravy: Brown sausage in a skillet. Add milk and flour to pan and whisk together to form a gravy. Add more milk to thin the consistency out, more flour to thicken the consistency. Season with pepper to taste.
  6. Serve gravy over biscuits.


    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

    Oh goodness, you are speakin' my language here! LOVE biscuits and gravy!

    Branny said...

    I've never had it either. I grew up in very rural SC. I left and now have returned to very rural SC. It is on our fast food restaurant menus, and even on local lunch buffets. I still stay away. It probably tastes great, though, and it is a good thing I don't know what I'm missing.

    Sarah said...

    Being from Kansas--biscuits and gravy are a winter time favorite in our household!

    Jen said...

    I grew up in the midwest and my dad makes the best biscuits and gravy. Hubby grew up in CT and had never eaten it until we met. Great pic of a not-so-photo-friendly food.

    Laura @ Crazy Train Called Life said...

    I've seriously been thinking about biscuits and gravy all week and wondering how to "clean" them up. I can't wait to make these next weekend. Thank you!