White Sausage Gravy

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
about 4 to 6 main course servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • One 12-ounce tube bulk pork sausage
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Baking Powder Biscuits, recipe follows
  • Baking Powder Biscuits
  • Biscuits:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 8 ounces), plus more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, sliced
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Glaze:
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
Directions

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, break it up with a wooden spoon, and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned and cooked through, about 7 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a bowl, leaving the rendered fat in the skillet. Whisk the flour into the fat and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. While whisking, pour the milk into the skillet and bring the gravy to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer gently for 2 minutes. Stir in the sausage and season with pepper. Split the biscuits in half and divide them among plates. Top each biscuit with some of the gravy and serve immediately.

Glaze:

To make the biscuits: Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with two layers of parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Rub 2 tablespoons of the butter into the flour with your fingertips until completely absorbed. Work the remaining butter into the flour until it is in even pieces about the size of a pea. Gently stir the milk into the flour mixture to make a loose dough.

Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour and turn the dough out onto it. Pat the dough into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Fold the dough in thirds like a business letter. (For a flakier biscuit repeat the folding a second time.) Pat the dough into a 5 by 8-inch rectangle about 3/4-inch thick. Use a 2- to 3-inch round cutter to make 6 biscuits, and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet. Press together the scraps of dough and cut 2 more biscuits.

To make the glaze: Mix the cream and melted butter together in a small bowl. Lightly brush the tops of the biscuits with the glaze. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Cool on a rack for 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 8 biscuits

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Perfect as written I just added a couple poached eggs then the gravy over biscuits and it was heaven! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I finally found the perfect recipe! The gravy perfect without any extra flour. Just make sure you simmer it for several minutes and not the 2 mins it says in the recipe. And the biscuits were great! Make sure your baking powder is not expired and that you fold over the dough at least 3 times...that is the key to fluffy biscuits! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The biscuits were not as fluffy as I would have hoped. I was thinking these would be more like a chic-fil-a biscuit but they were a little flat, although tasty. The gravy was very simple to make and I added 1/2 cup extra milk plus 2 more TBSP of flour to thicken up the gravy more. I think I'll play around with this gravy recipe until I get it exactly how I wanted but overall my family was pleased. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Our go to recipe for biscuits and gravy every time! Easy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just got done making this. I used grands home style butter flavor biscuits. I then made the sausage gravy according to the directions using Jimmy Dean original sausage. My first time making biscuits and gravy and it was amazing. Definitely will be a go to for sausage gravy!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! If you want to add a little kick to it I would recommend buying spicy Italian sausage... All in all, both the biscuits and the gravy were delicious. (Another note: I just folded the dough 3 times and then cut it into 9 squares which worked great also.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love sausage gravy !!!!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my go to recipe for sausage gravy. I make Grandma Williams recipe for biscuits; find the recipe here. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good. While it is not the best we get from our local breakfast restaurant "Farmhouse", it's really good. I used Pillsbury frozen biscuits (large pack from BJ's and pre-cooked, crumbled pre-packaged sausage and bacon bits. Added a little butter to the pan to give it more fat for the flour. Cooked up really quick with these ingredients and the breakfast was ready in 20 minutes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome recipe!! Going out for biscuits & gravy will never happen again for this lady...unless I'm feeling lazy. My first time ever making it & turned out nicely. Loved it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm in heaven! This is so delicious!!! I used turkey sausage & wheat flour cuz that's what I had: Gave it a few shakes of Adobo seasoning too. No need to go out for breakfast!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used the fat from about 8 pieces of bacon and only used 1 cup of milk, by using the bacon pan i was able to get all the bits that stuck to the bottom adding a lot of flavor. Came out amazing, by only using 1 cup of milk it made just enough for two people, but i will say i had to add salt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely awesome, best sausage gravy & biscuits ever- thanks so much!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe as closely as possible and what I experienced was: thin biscuits that had a nice flavor, but that were not fluffy at all, and somewhat bland gravy. Does anyone have any sausage recommendations? I used a high-quality mildly spicy italian pork sausage because I wanted to make sure it had a lot of flavor, but something just wasn't right. I think a sage-flavored or country-style sausage might work better, and then adding a bunch of other spices like cayenne, nutmeg, etc., as others have suggested. I don't think this is my holy grail sausage and biscuits recipe, but it was good and my BF thought it was yummy...maybe I'm just picky! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for breakfast on Valentine's Day for my boyfriend. It was so easy and turned out perfectly, I even used a cookie cutter to make heart-shaped biscuits!! I'm very picky with the biscuits I make and these were superb!! Best biscuit recipe I've ever used and my new go-to one! I also added a little milk with the leftover gravy to thin it out the next day and it was just as good! Love it and recommend it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is by far the best biscuits and gravy recipe we've ever had. Definitely a keeper. We used turkey breakfast sausage and followed the recipe exactly. Leftovers needed a little milk added to the gravy for consistency. Absolutely perfect biscuits! Flaky and delicious. We will make this many times, I'm sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's a good basic sausage gravy recipe! What I found is that it ends up very thick and not enough volume to feed a group AND have leftovers at these quantities. So I add butter to the drippings to bring the volume up to about 3 Tbls, and increase the flour to 3 Tbls and the milk to 3 cups. I think it comes out well balanced for the pound of sausage. Oh, and I add a ton of pepper but no salt because the sausage adds a good balance of saltiness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Came together well. Great flavor, but you must make sure you use the right sausage. Does need salt added to balance flavor. I would make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
so good i loved it so much it was gone item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe and have made it several times. It is my husband's favorite, and he says it's better than any he's ever had in a restaurant! After the first time I made it, I agreed with siosio's review and have added an extra 1/2 cup of milk every time since. I also add a little bit of sage and plenty of freshly ground pepper to my sausage as it cooks. Don't skip the from-scratch biscuits! The recipe is quick and simple and they come out flaky and gorgeous. I put the biscuit dough together and get those in the oven, then make the gravy while they bake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was a big hit for breakfast this morning. Simple and easy. I had to add about a 1/2 of tablespoon more of flour to get it to the right consistency. It was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. A little too much sausage to milk ratio. In the future, I'll probably add 30-50% more milk. As the recipe is written, it could use an additional tablespoon of flour to thicken it up, or maybe I need to simmer it for another 5 minutes or so. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and so delicious! Will make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for an event severing a bunch of college students, upping the recipe by 20x using over 2.5 gallons of milk. Instead of using the 12lbs of suggested pork sausage and to make it meatier, I used 8lbs of pork sausage, 4 lbs of ground turkey and 6lbs of bacon. The bacon added salt to the gravy so I just cut back to taste but it added some great flavor. I also triple the recipe for a smaller crowd using a pound of jimmy dean sausage and a pound of bacon. Both times I had people fighting over the gravy, even those swore they were not a fan of biscuit and gravy had their fair share. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe. My mom used to make this from scratch and yesterday morning I woke up and looked in my fridge and said, I want biscuits and gravy. I didn't remember how she made them so I looked up the recipe. I used Pillsbury biscuits because it's what I had in the fridge. I followed the recipe exactly (which I normally don't and it turned out great. Fast, easy, will definitely make it again. I didn't add salt, just pepper, plenty I like a lot of pepper. I had leftovers and ate them this morning, yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a solid gravy recipe. Use a good sausage and season with plenty of pepper and you've got yourself a tasty gravy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy to make and tastes wonderful. I made it for tomarrow's breakfast I'll just pop-in frozen biscuits tomarrow morning , easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this this morning for my boyfriend & I, I am 21 and he is 22. We dont have all the kitchen supplies such as a rolling pan and a cookie cutters, but I rolled the biscuits into round balls and they turned out pretty good. Also for the gravy, a minute for the cooking of the flour was a little to long, my gravy turned out a light brown color, but over all this recipe was very easy to follow and very delish.! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this in the morning for the first time and it was very easy. My kids and husband loved it. Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I Made the sausage and biscuts i enjoyed them very much they were very tasty i will make them again. Wonderful Recipe Thank You. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and very good. I used Turkey sausage which was too lean. You need the fat so I removed the turkey sausage and put in some bacon grease and went from there. I can see how this recipe will allow one to tweak it to their own liking using various herbs and seasonings. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So great! beautifully creamy gravy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good but strong sausage... not sure why. I will add a tbs more of flour. Will make again with different sausage... maybe remove some of the fat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good but used refrigerated biscuits will make again item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this recipe was great. I have been eating vegetarian lately, so I had to make some modifications! I used the Morning Star Sausage Patties (8 oz, chopped them up, threw them in a pan with some canola oil, browned the "meat", added the flour straight to the "sausage", then added the 2 cups of milk (I used 2%. Even after boiling and simmering, I found that the gravy wasn't as thick as I prefer it. So, I whisked a half tablespoon of corn flour into a couple tablespoons of heavy whipping cream I had on hand in a separate bowl, then added that to the gravy - and it came out just perfect! I added a little extra salt and a ton of pepper, because I love my sausage gravy really peppery. I think this recipe is pretty spot-on for that classic white sausage gravy. Super easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you use only one pan and don't take out the meat before adding the flour as one reviewer suggested, you are likely to get a result where the sausage is sticky and gummy because the flour clings to the meat. The idea is to dissolve the flour in the fat left in the pan, then create the liquid with the milk, and add sausage back in at the end. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe last christmas for our family brunch the biscuits are AMAZING and the gravy was nice, i added a little garlic and i used kosher salts in the gravy but mmy inlaws LOVED IT!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used pillsbury biscuits n just needed a lil salt but it was good :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked the receipe, but i'm not going to transfer the meat the next time..i'll just use one pan. i also added one more spoonful of flour. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple, yet tasty. Just needed to add a little salt, and I used Pillsbury Biscuits. Yumm item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never really review on here, but this time it's different. I had always been nervous about making sausage gravy because I didn't want to ruin the taste I have always known, but Paula Deen's got it down! It was really easy and super tasty! I used Bob evan's sausage and 2% milk and it came out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would recommend buying sausage you would eat in a patty rather than something cheap/plain. But this was an easy and inexpensive lunch! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've always loved biscuits and gravy and always had to go out for it because I was afraid to make it myself. Now I don't have to! This is quick, easy and good! Just what I like! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Always loved biscuits and gravy as a kid, but with so many variations of gravy, didn't know where to start. I've made this several times now and the biggest thing is knowing your sausage and having enough rendered fat. Definitely one for the Recipe Box! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was a very easy recipe and very good too... made it on Easter Sunday morning for our church's early morning service but i used 4 lbs sausage and not much was left...our pastor is from KY and even he said it was awesome!!! thank you food network kitchen!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Out of curiosity, I decided to make these babies from scratch and I'm glad I did. My roomies loved them. They're good with jam, gravy, and eggs. Why buy instant when you can gain so much satisfaction by making you own!? item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you know your sausage beforehand. If it's a bit on the lean side, plan on adding a bit of bacon fat rather than veggie oil. If it's not spicy enough, add black pepper, ground sage, hot sauce, whatever you like. Personally, I feel that black pepper is almost always needed in making sausage gravy; I always add a bit of paprika, a tiny grating of nutmeg, and I always, always use some bacon fat in cooking the minced onions I enjoy in this before I cook off the sausage. YMMV. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'd been trying to curb my food spending at work. One biscuit with gravy is $1.80. I can buy a cheap roll of sausage for $1.00. The biscuits were good and easy, but on a hectic weekday, I'll probably just reheat the leftover gravy and pour over toast. I'll get several breakfasts for the price for one order at work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mother tried to teach me to make gravy and I failed miserably, so I've been scared of making it. Couldn't find the mix this trip so decided to try to make my own. It was PERFECT!!! I followed the suggestion of 1 3/4 cups of half and half and a 1/2 cup of skim and it turned out beautifully. I will never make sausage gravy from a mix again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Try using hot Italian sausage,WOW! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe was pretty good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a delicious recipe. I've never made homemade biscuits or sausage gravy before, and this was really easy. I did add more flour to the gravy recipe like another review mentioned. And I only had skim milk so, to avoid a really thin gravy, I used half and half for 1 3/4 c. of the milk, and then skim for the rest. It was thick and wonderful! I only had original recipe Bob Evans sausage - it worked great but we like spicy food so I added quite a bit of pepper and crushed red pepper as well. It turned out perfect!! Will definitely try it with Bob Evans zesty hot sausage next time. My boyfriend has excellent taste in food and he said this was the best sausage gravy and biscuits he's ever had. YUM!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
This will be the first review I have written due to someones thoughtless opinion below........First off this is a great recipe. It is easily altered. I substituted the freshly ground black pepper with a freshly ground Mediterranean 3 pepper blend. It gave this recipe that little bit of bite that I prefer. I double or even triple this recipe at times. Now SUSAN.......It is obvious that you didn't have a clue what Sausage Gravy even was when you made this recipe. As for the appearance....your choice of words is ridiculous. YOUR review could have stated that YOU didn't like the appearance. Next time just leave it at that. I am from proudly from Pennsylvania and for you to say and I quote "I guess in the South this is considered a good breakfast. To anyone raised in the North, it just looks like someone...." is down right ignorant. It is an insult to Southerners as well as an insult to Northerners. SUSAN do not ever speak for others again. I am Northern born and raised and I would like to thank the Food Network Kitchens and all Kitchens from the South for this wonderful and delicious recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
just yesterday a friend asked my daughter what is something your mother can't make??!! She said gravy....well to her surprise this Christmas morning breakfast had home made gravy...and my daughter said, okay I was wrong there isn't anything you can't make, bake or cook:0)...thank you for a great recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
I do not generally review recipes on foodnetwork.com, I just hope for the best and end up altering recipes to suit mine and my family tastes. BUT I found this recipe to be dead on perfect ratio of sausage to "gravy" and it can altered so many ways yet still taste great. Further more I felt compelled to write this review not only to attest to this recipes greatness but to debunk a myth- I am from OHIO that is a northern state and for SUSAN below to say this is an awful recipe that looks like vomit is ignorant and bothersome. I feel that foodnetwork lets you taste the country state by state with out even leaving your kitchen! No this in not a healthful recipe but its a darn good one in moderation. I hope you all try this recipe its really really yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Food Network Kitchen this is an A+ recipe, it's easy and very good. Perfect for a weekend brunch at home. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We don't eat pork in our house...nothing religious, just a preference I guess...anyways, I have a fantastic recipe for making breakfast sausage out of 80/20 ground beef and the gravy recipe here works perfectly! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only made the gravy, but it was delicious. Just the right amount of thickness and very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very nice and basic sausage gravy that anyone can make. I've made it several times when the family is on the run. We especially love it with maple flavored sausage. (I also always add a little extra salt & pepper to suit our taste) item not reviewed by moderator and published
The gravy was very good, but I did find that there wasn't enough grease left from the sausage so I added about 2 tablespoons oil and 1 more tablespoon flour. Turned out perfect!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first homemade white gravy. It was easy for me to do. I normally just buy the mix and cheat. NOT ANYMORE! Thanks for a easy and great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've always ordered B & G when I go out for breakfast - - even if I know it's going to be too salty. This wins any greasy spoon, hands down. Not too salty and nice & thick. I made it for dinner with a fried egg and a green salad w/ lemon/garlic/evoo dressing. Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not much of a cook and it turned out really well. I added a little too much flour and it thickened up too much, but that was my doing and it still tasted good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is a classic and is hard to mess up. I prefer it spicier so, I always add a lot of crushed red pepper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy to make and it tastes great! But for people like me who enjoy a tad more heat or kick I added a teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper. The added flavor was really good and was not too hot for most. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never made gravy before and couldn't believe how simple it is. I used only 8oz of sausage and just threw the flour on top of the sausage and then whisked in the milk. Less of a hassle that way and was done in under ten minutes. I added lots of pepper and even a little salt. Next time I'll use spicy sausage and omit the need for salt. I cheated and used a boxed mix for the biscuits. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had a taste for this one Sunday morning. Having never made either biscuits or gravy before this recipe was easy and the taste was spot on what I recall having in Tennessee. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe is great. You just need to add your own seasoning. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These biscuits are perfect. I added a little more flour and black pepper to the gravy. My family would eat this every morning if I wasn't so concerned about their hearts!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is the best sausage gravy i have made so far. overall delicious and satisfying. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! Easy and very tasty. My twelve and sixteen year old boys loved it. Great on a cold morning. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this on a camping trip with my Boy Scout troop for breakfast one morning. It went over extremely well, and it was so simple that I was able to cook everything in dutch ovens! Unfortunately, we couldn't find our flour, so we used Krusty's pancake mix. It still tasted wonderful, though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Okay, what boggles my mind is how restaurants get gravy wrong, I didn't realize it was just that easy. Very good and very easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My buscuits were hard and very bland. The gravy was okay but bland as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used homemade sausage and the result was great. I have never tried to make this ever before and it was surprisingly easy. My husband claims this may be his all time favorite food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
and this is as close as you get. DELICIOUS. I double the recipe and make it for my family every year on Christmas Day.No changes necessary, although have extra milk on hand. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making white sausage gravey from a mix for the last 10 years. This was so easy to make that I am a convert. I will never buy a white gravey mix again! I will cut the amount of sausage down to half next time I make it because we thought it was too much. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like others, I made a few modifications to this recipe. I used 4-5 tablespoons of flour and added it directly to the pan without removing the sausage. I also used 16 ounces of mild sausage instead of 12. Still, there wasn't much in the way of drippings, so I added about 2 tablespoons of butter before adding the flour. After adding the milk, I brought the gravy up to a boil, then reduced to a simmer for just a few minutes. I added a generous helping of black pepper and it was delicious. Perhaps the best sausage gravy I have ever had. My husband agreed. I used canned buttermilk biscuits rather than make my own, but it was still wonderful. This recipe will definitely go into heavy rotation at my house! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to prepare, delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The gravy was thin and I thought lacked taste but my girlfriend enjoyed the gravy. Added more flour to thicken, you also have to add more pepper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy,but very tasty!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is excaly what I ws looking for. Easy to make. With a great big TASTE! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was so easy to make and so yummy. I used Jimmy Dean Sage sausage for this. My only issue was that the sausage was quite lean and there was not much fat in the pan. I put the milk in first and then whisked in the flour. Worked out fine! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is very easy to make and everybody loves it. This recipe goes together very quickly and is ready to enjoy in no time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I usually buy those packets of gravy mix and add my sausage to it, but I won't do that anymore. This recipe was so easy to make and it was perfect. It won my picky husband over on the first bite! We eat this at least twice a month for sunday breakfast! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for my family on Christmas morning, and it was fabulous (I even had a screaming hangover). Not only was it fool proof in my condition, but it made my tummy and head feel better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The gravy was a little bland, so I added garlic, salt, pepper, and some crushed red pepper flakes to it, also it needed about another 1 1/2 ts of flour. the biscuits turned out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was just like mom used to make!!MMMmmm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is easy and it works out everytime I make it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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When we go out for breakfast my husband always orders biscuits and gravy. I'm not a big fan of it, however I wanted to suprise him on New Year's weekend with a fun brunch. He loved it and I was suprised to find that I have found a new easy favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Definitely Not Fat free and very very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the gavy this morning but it seems to be lacking spices or something. I just tasted okay. It didn't seem to be very thick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used Jimmy Dean "hot" sausage and doubled the gravy. I agree with others that thought the sausage to gravy ratio would have been off kilter otherwise. :-) I was lazy and used store bought bisquits so I can't rate the bisquit recipe that is included. item not reviewed by moderator and published
unreal item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make (I'm not the best cook) and family loves it. I didn't add the pepper because it was already spicy enough with the sausage I used. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didnt make the biscuits used bisquick biscuits. Maybe it was the type of sausage I bought (bob evans) but there was not enough fat to mix with the flour. I also had to add another tbsp of flour to thicken it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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