Southern Comfort: The Ultimate Biscuits & Gravy Recipe
I just rolled out of bed, it’s cold outside, I’m feeling lazy and I’m hungry. This is a typical start to a wintry Saturday or Sunday morning in my household. If you ever feel the same way, don’t worry — I have the ultimate comfort food for a cold winter’s morning.
Biscuits and sausage gravy is a staple of Southern cuisine, and my rendition can be ready in less than 30 minutes. With just a few ingredients, your chilly morning will warm right up.
I can remember waking up at my grandmother’s house to find her in the kitchen making breakfast. She would usually be on the phone while standing over the stove stirring the sausage gravy, and the smell of sausage would permeate the entire house. I would sit down at the table, and she would serve me a plate with so much gravy I didn’t even know if there was anything under it. The silky smooth gravy with bits of sausage made the perfect blanket to her fluffy, buttery biscuits.
Calories? What are those? There is not much about this recipe that is healthy, although, there is milk in it so I’m going to regard it as a good source of calcium. The sausage recommended is pork so that a good grease base is formed from the rendering. You can certainly use turkey sausage or chicken sausage, but if you do that you might want to consider using more butter as a base because there will not be much grease. You could also use 2% or 1% milk for a healthier alternative, but because those are more watered down, you will likely not need as much. You can also use wheat flour for a more health-conscious approach, but I have found that wheat flour takes more butter or grease to bind it; it also doesn’t scorch with the same taste as white flour.
You might have noticed that this recipe is really simple, and that’s the point. As I said, I am feeling lazy on winter mornings so I use store-bought biscuits, but feel free to make your own. So while I personally think this recipe is delicious as is, if you’re the type that likes to add your own personal touch to a dish, feel free. You can use flavored sausage for an added twist. Some like to add sugar instead of salt for a sweet gravy. You can substitute chipped beef for sausage and have it for dinner over chicken. The options are really endless, but for a good down-home cookin’ kind of breakfast give this recipe a try. Enjoy!