Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been craving comfort food lately. Maybe because I can finally turn the oven to 450 degrees without running the air conditioner on high for the next twelve hours! It must be a fall thing.

Besides, I figure I’ve got a few more bike rides to fit in before it snows. I’m going to enjoy this splurge while I can.

Buttermilk Biscuits Printer Version
Prepped with a food processor, these mile high biscuits come together so fast your oven won't be preheated in time, so turn it on several minutes before you begin.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons cold butter cut into pieces

3/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cover an insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper. If you don’t have one, double up two cookie sheets together.

Put flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a food processor and process to mix. Add butter and pulse until crumbly with small pea sized butter pieces still in places. Add buttermilk and pulse just until the dough comes together.

Flour a surface, dump out dough, and then flour top of dough. Kneed a few times and roll out to about 1 inch thick. Cut out biscuits with a drinking glass or biscuit cutter. Continue to roll out dough and cut biscuits until dough is used up.

Place biscuits on cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly golden on top.

Makes 8 to 10 biscuits.

Sausage Gravy
Good sausage gravy is a guilty pleasure of mine.

1 package Jimmy Dean All Natural Regular Pork Sausage
4 tablespoons butter, diced
3 tablespoons extra light olive oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
4 cups milk

Break up sausage into a very large skillet or wide bottom pot. Cook over medium high breaking apart the sausage into small pieces. When no longer pink and well cooked remove the sausage from the pan leaving the grease behind and set the meat aside. Add butter and oil and stir occasionally until the butter is melted.

Next, add the flour and cook for 3 to 4 minutes stirring frequently. Add the salt, pepper, and cayenne. Rub the thyme between the palms of your hands to crush it while adding to the pan. Slowly stir in the milk and bring it to a simmer stirring constantly until gravy is thickened to taste. Add the sausage back in and cook for a couple minutes to warm through.

Season with more salt and pepper if needed and serve hot over biscuits.

Recipes & Pictures by Laura Flowers.


Monet said...

Snow...if only we were going to get some here in Austin! These look delicious, and this is by far my husband's favorite breakfast. Thanks for sharing, Laura!

Chef E said...

Ummm! I made some homemade biscuits yesterday with some Fineland butter, they had an odd but good taste, and some organic maple bacon...now I wished I had this!

Mads said...

Oh my goodness, biscuits and gravy are one of my favorite comfort foods. How can you go wrong with carbs covered in meat and fat sauce? Seriously.

I've never had true Southern biscuits and gravy, but I imagine it's like heaven on earth. Yes?

Steve said...

Oh Laura, you are speaking my language. Biscuits and sausage gravy = religious experience.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Biscuits and gravy... Now my Grandmother made biscuits and gravy... yours looks almost as good as i remember hers

The Southern Cookbook said...

Just right up my alley! Looks good, Can't beat buttermilk biscuit and sausage gravy! Yummy!

The Southern Cookbook said...

Just right up my alley! Looks good, Can't beat buttermilk biscuit and sausage gravy! Yummy!

Unknown said...

fantastic, I have this Xmas morning every year.

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

I don't know what the deal is, but I have been craving biscuits and gravy like CRAZY lately! I think I may need to add this to the menu!! Thanks for sharing :)

I love the first picture. Is that steam coming off the gravy? YUM!

Anonymous said...

I have never seen this look soooo good! Now i need. lol

Veronica said...

Aaaaah, one of my ultimate comfort foods. Thanks for the recipe--I already know the biscuits rock but I'm sure this gravy is the bomb-diggity too--saved!

notyet100 said...

both look so good,..

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Guilty pleasure times 10 - Hello!!! I should know better than to visit your blog before I've eaten breakfast.


kindred spirit said...

one of my favorites!! thanks for sharing the recipe.

Pink Little Cake said...

OMG the sausage gravy!! Yum!

Mari said...

Oh Laura, you've got the Texan all kinds of fired up over this post. Seriously, I could eat "bickets 'n gravy" every single day. Takes me back to being in Texas and making breakfast with my best friends and serving our usual herd.

All hail the pig!

The Old White Barn said...

This is also a favorite guilty pleasure at our house - My husband would ask for it everyday if he thought he could get away with it!

Yours looks great!

Lori said...

Wow this looks incredible but one question.. how much sausage do you use for your recipe? It doesn't state the amount.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I definitely agree about craving comfort food. This is a meal I make periodically for my boyfriend because he loves it so much. I need to remember to try this recipe next time I do.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Oops sorry Lori. It's the whole package.


Peace Love and Skulls said...

Hey Laura...I made the Sausage Gravy this Saturday for breakfast. I didn't make the biscuits, I cheated and used Pillsbury Grands and served them with cheddar scrambled eggs. The Sausage Gravy was amazing!!!! It was so easy to make and really tasty. I even surprised myself! lol
Thank you so much for sharing. I was a "Rock Star" that day! =)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you for making my gravy!! I am so glad you liked it. You made my night!


Diana said...

Hi Laura, this is Diana from TasteSpotting!

Your biscuits and gravy look fabulous! Have you thought about submitting the recipe for the $1000 grand prize in TasteSpotting’s Johnsonville Sausage recipe contest? You can find out more details here – http://www.tastespotting.com/features/sausagespotting-win-1500-dollars-johnsonville-recipe-contest

Would love to have you participate – cheers!

Unknown said...

The gravy was perfect! I only made half the recipe since it was just for me and my hubs but it was delicious. Thanks so much for posting!

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