Oh biscuits and gravy! Really I don’t think I need to say much more than that. Nothing says good home cooking like biscuits and gravy. The sad thing for me is that I don’t remember having this until the first time I made it about a year ago. I’m not sure why, but it just never happened. To me breakfast is usually a sweet meal, unless I’m having eggs or something. But even then, I usually have something sweet. That’s probably why it took so long for me to get my head around biscuits and gravy. I still usually make it for dinner, not breakfast, but I now know the deliciousness that is buiscuits and gravy. The recipes I have are pretty simple, but they always turn out great.
Biscuits and Gravy
I’m a really big fan of baking powder biscuits, probably because that’s what my mom always made growing up. So, I will include directions for both buttermilk and baking powder biscuits.
1 scant tsp salt
3tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
5tbs cold butter
3/4c plus 2tbs buttermilk
Makes 10+ depending on size
-Preheat oven to 450F
-Combine dry ingredients in a bowl or food processor
-Cut in butter and pulse in a food processor or rub dry ingredients with small amount of butter between you fingers. Make sure the butter is thoroughly blended before adding milk.
-Pulse a couple times, or use a large spoon to stir in the buttermilk, just until a ball forms. (if a ball refuses to form, like happened to me today, add more flour in very small increments until it forms)
-Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 10 times. It should slightly stick to you hands.
-Press dough into a 3/4in thick rectangle and cut your biscuits (I use a jam jar). Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, reshape the dough and cut more. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
-Bake for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown.
Baking Powder biscuits:
Increase baking powder to 4tsp and don’t use baking soda. Use normal milk instead of buttermilk.
This recipe is really really simple. It’s not exact, simply a ratio, which makes it really easy to make for any amount of people.
-Brown as much sausage as desired in a nonstick pan. Remove
-Add flour to sausage fat (if not enough add bacon fat or butter), cook about 1minute stirring frequently
-Add milk while stirring; bring to a boil
-Return sausage to pan. Simmer gently about 2 minutes or until it reaches the desired thickness.
-Salt and pepper to taste.