Sausage Gravy is a classic Southern dish beloved for its creamy, savory goodness. It’s traditionally served over warm biscuits for breakfast or brunch, but it’s hearty enough for any meal. Making homemade sausage gravy is surprisingly simple and requires just a few ingredients. Whether you prefer your gravy with hot or mild sausage, this recipe will guide you through creating a deliciously rich and comforting dish.
- 1 pound breakfast sausage (hot or mild, depending on preference)
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 3 to 4 cups whole milk (adjust based on desired thickness)
- ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper (adjust to taste)
- 12 baked biscuits, to serve warm
Step 1: Cook the Sausage
In a large skillet over medium heat, break apart and cook the breakfast sausage until fully browned and no longer pink. Use a spatula to crumble the sausage as it cooks for even pieces.
Step 2: Add Flour
Sprinkle the all-purpose flour over the cooked sausage. Stir and cook the mixture for about 2 minutes, allowing the flour to absorb the fat and cook off its raw taste. This step creates a roux, which will thicken the gravy.
Step 3: Gradually Add Milk
Slowly pour in 3 cups of whole milk while continuously stirring. Ensure to scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of the skillet. The mixture will start to thicken as it cooks. Add more milk if you prefer a thinner gravy.
Step 4: Season the Gravy
Add the seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper. Adjust the seasonings to your taste. Continue to cook and stir the gravy over medium heat until it reaches your desired thickness, usually about 5-10 minutes.
Step 5: Serve
Split the warm biscuits in half and ladle the hot sausage gravy over them. Serve immediately.
- The key to smooth gravy is constant stirring, especially after adding the flour and milk. This prevents lumps from forming and ensures an even thickness.
- Sausage gravy and biscuits are a meal on their own but can be accompanied by scrambled eggs, hash browns, or a side of fruit for a fuller breakfast spread.
- For a spicy kick, add a dash of cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the gravy.
- Milk Temperature: For best results, use room temperature milk to prevent the gravy from clumping.
- Adjusting Thickness: The gravy will continue to thicken as it cools. If it becomes too thick, simply stir in a little extra milk over low heat until it reaches your preferred consistency.
- Freshness Matters: Freshly ground black pepper adds a wonderful flavor and aroma that pre-ground pepper can’t match.
- Preparation Time: 10 minutes
- Cooking Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Calories: Approximately 300-400 per serving (varies based on the serving size and ingredients used)
- Protein: 12-15g per serving
- Sodium: Will vary based on the sausage and seasoned salt used
Homemade Sausage Gravy over warm, flaky biscuits is a comforting, hearty dish that’s perfect for any time of day. With this simple recipe, you can bring a taste of Southern hospitality to your table. Enjoy the rich flavors and creamy texture of this beloved classic with family and friends.