Do you have a go to breakfast?  Maybe it’s simple, a bowl of cereal?  Maybe you have a flair for making homemade crepes?  If so, call me.  I love crepes.  

My husband has an obsession with sausage gravy and biscuits.  He would make it multiple times a week if I let him.   (But I don’t, because I’m mean.  I  think it’s a bit indulgent as a daily breakfast.)

Most of the time he buys those little seasoning packets to make his gravy.  I suggested he try making it from scratch instead.  I tried to convince him that he could make it better.  But also, I forgot to buy the little packets of gravy mix and I had no intention of running to the store before breakfast.    

This recipe is solid and simple with only 6 ingredients.  I like it better than the packet gravy and would like to increase the red pepper flakes for more of a kick.  It doesn’t take any longer to make and, with practice, you’ll finish just in time to pull your biscuits out of the oven.  

I’m not going to get into a big debate about what type of biscuit you should make or use.  Buttermilk or flaky.  Popping open a cardboard tube or making from scratch.  We all have our personal preferences and know what works best.  We know how much time we we’re willing to spend in the kitchen.  If you are like my husband, your biscuit will be swimming in gravy and it won’t make much of a difference anyway.    

Speaking of biscuits, maybe I can talk him into them from scratch next time too!

Also, sausage gravy tastes much better than it looks!

Sausage Gravy with Biscuits

3/4 lb. crumbled pork breakfast sausage

4 Tablespoons butter

1/4 cup flour

3 cups milk

1  1/2 teaspoons black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

buttermilk biscuits from Johnnies (biscuits popped out of a cardboard tube are also acceptable) 

Prepare the biscuits according to the package directions.  

In a heavy bottom skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat until browned. About 4-5 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the butter, stirring to melt.  Gradually sprinkle in the flour and cook until the sausage is coated and the flour is absorbed, about 2 minutes.  Add the milk, return the heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring until thick.  About 10 minutes.  Add the black pepper, salt and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, 2 minutes more.  Remove from the heat.  

Smother those freshly baked biscuits with your freshly made sausage gravy and enjoy.  And then go on a long walk.

 

*To the best of my ability, I have tried to indicate all ingredients, products and equipment that are available at Johnnies in Bold Print.  

Recipe found and adapted from Chrissy Teigen’s first cookbook, Cravings.

 

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