I have never tasted sausage gravy before.
After reading that a few fellow TWD bakers had served their biscuits with sausage gravy, I knew I wanted to make this for my husband.
I searched online for a recipe and found one that has a little kick from red pepper flakes. Now I know why this is a favorite ~ it is delicious!
- 1 pound pork sausage
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (I used about 1/4 tsp)
- 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- 2 cups milk, divided
- 2 cubes chicken bouillon
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
In a skillet on medium heat cook pork, onion, green pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic until pork is crumbly. Drain off excess fat, but leave a small amount.
Combine butter, salt, and pepper with the meat mixture and stir until butter melts. Slowly sift flour over the top. Mix gently and allow mixture to cook for 5 minutes. It will burn, so do not let it sit unguarded. Don’t forget to scrape the bottom of the pan. Add the sage and thyme.
Slowly stir in milk, about a half a cup at a time, and incorporate it well. When the mixture thickens, add more milk. Do not let it boil vigorously, or it will burn. Add chicken bullion and let cook for five minutes. Again, if it thickens too much, add more milk. Adjust taste with more salt and pepper if needed.
Just before serving, add the parsley, and about a 1/4 cup more milk; the gravy will thicken quickly as it cools.
by Dorie Greenspan
Makes about 12 biscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour (or 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/3 cup cake flour)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 to 1 and 1/4 cups heavy cream
Getting ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Get out a sharp 2-inch-diameter biscuit cutter (I used a glass, and it was fine), and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
Whisk the flour(s), baking powder, sugar and salt together in a bowl. Pour about 1 cup of the cream over the dry ingredients, grab a fork and start tossing the ingredients together. If necessary, add more cream, a spoonful at a time, until you’ve got a nice soft dough. Now reach into the bowl with your hands and give the dough a quick, gentle kneading – 3 or 4 turns should be just enough to bring everything together.
Lightly dust a work surface with flour and turn out the dough. Dust the top of the dough very lightly with flour and pat the dough out with your hands or roll it with a pin until it is about 1/2 inch high. Don’t worry if the dough isn’t completely even – a quick, light touch is more important than accuracy.
Use the biscuit cutter to cut out as many biscuits as you can. Try to cut the biscuits close to one another so you get the most you can out of this first round. By hand or with a small spatula, transfer the biscuits to the baking sheet. Gather together the scraps, working them as little as possible, pat out to a 1/2-inch thickness and cut as many additional biscuits as you can; transfer these to the sheet. (The biscuits can be made to this point and frozen on the baking sheet, then wrapped airtight and kept for up to 2 months. Bake without defrosting – just add a couple more minutes to the oven time.)
Bake the biscuits for 14 to 18 minutes, or until they are tall, puffed and golden brown. Transfer them to a serving basket.
Serving: Ideally these biscuits should go from oven to table and be served with cold sweet butter.
Storing: You can keep the biscuits in a plastic bag overnight and give them a quick warm-up in the oven the next day, but you won’t recapture their freshly made flakiness.