Let me tell you a story that starts on a chilly Saturday morning. I was craving something warm and hearty, and suddenly, an old family recipe card caught my eye. It was for sausage gravy, a dish my dad used to make and does till this day. Inspired, I decided to recreate this comforting classic. Here's how you can whip up this delightful gravy that turns any breakfast into a feast!
1 lb ground pork sausage
3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
2 to 3 cups of milk
Salt and black pepper to taste
Optional: a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat
Biscuits, for serving
Cook the Sausage: In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat. Break it apart with a spoon until it's nicely browned and no longer pink.
Make the Roux: Sprinkle the flour over the sausage. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes. This step is crucial as it thickens the gravy.
Add the Milk: Gradually add the milk, stirring continuously. Start with 2 cups and add more if you prefer a thinner consistency.
Season: Add salt, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne (if using). Keep stirring until the mixture comes to a slight boil and thickens.
Simmer: Reduce the heat and let the gravy simmer for a few minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary.
Serve and Enjoy: Serve hot over freshly baked biscuits. Perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast or a comforting dinner.
Tips & Tricks:
For a richer flavor, use half-and-half instead of milk.
Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce for an umami kick.
Vegetarian? Use plant-based sausage and vegetable broth in place of milk.
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
It's incredibly easy and quick to make.
Perfect for feeding a crowd.
It's versatile – you can tweak it to your taste!
Sausage Gravy Serving Suggestions and Variations
For a Full Breakfast: Serve with scrambled eggs and hash browns.
Go Green: Add some sautéed spinach or kale to the gravy for a veggie boost.
Cheese Please: Stir in some shredded cheddar cheese at the end for a cheesy twist.
Let's Talk Health
While sausage gravy is a comfort food, it's also rich in calories. Enjoy it in moderation and consider using lean turkey sausage and low-fat milk for a lighter version.