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Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

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Homemade biscuits and sausage gravy is the ultimate in hearty comfort food breakfasts. Making fluffy biscuits and an easy creamy sawmill gravy with bits of breakfast sausage is easy and the results are delicious and filling.

Plate of homemade biscuits topped with creamy sausage sawmill gravy with red checkered napkin.

Biscuits and gravy is a southern classic breakfast entree that has gained popularity across the country for good reason. They are actually easy to make from scratch and having a fresh hot breakfast is just the thing to get your day started off on the right foot.

My brothers are huge biscuits and gravy fans. They work hard, so having a filling breakfast is important to getting through the day.

Ingredients to make biscuits and gravy for breakfast.

They have their favorite haunts to pick up a container of goodness to go because not all biscuits and gravy are created the same. So getting in the habit of making your own is the only way to ensure the perfect biscuit and gravy results specifically tweaked to your preferences.

So look at this recipe as a starting point and make your own adjustments to make it your ideal breakfast. I’ll give you some suggestions but feel free to make it your own.

Homemade biscuits

For some reason making homemade biscuits is a little bit intimidating, but they really are pretty simple to do. The key is to start with cold ingredients so you get flaky results.

Stir together the dry ingredients then grate in frozen butter. Stir in a little cold buttermilk and you are good to go.

Now you can take the easy route and plop drops of dough onto the pan. Or you can roll, cut and form perfect biscuits.

Now bake them to golden perfection. Too take them to the next level, brush them with a little melted butter as they come out of the oven.

Close up of golden brown freshly baked biscuits.

Now the hardest part is not eating them all right away. Of course you will want to eat the first batch with sausage gravy, but plan on making more to enjoy with honey or jam.

Or serve them with beef stew or tomato gravy. They will be perfect in so many situations.

Sausage gravy

The key to good sausage gravy is starting with a good breakfast sausage. Buy your favorite bulk sausage.

Hot, mild, sage or whatever variety of sausage you like will work well. You can also start with ground pork and make your own sausage.

Once the sausage is browned, add a little bit of flour, garlic and onion powder. Allow it to cook for a few minutes.

This is like making a roux that will thicken your gravy, so you want to cook the raw flour flavor out. Now stir in some milk and cook it until it starts to bubble and thicken.

That’s it, you have sausage gravy! You can adjust the final flavor with extra fresh ground black pepper, rosemary or sage.

Spoon it over your freshly baked biscuits and there you have it, breakfast perfection. You will want to make it every weekend from now on.

Take it to the next level

Biscuits and gravy are wonderful on their own, but you don’t have to stop there. Local restaurants pile on more goodness to turn them into something locally known as a Harold.

To make your own Harold add some scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese. They also toss on fried potato rounds that are similar to tater tots but flatter.

Plate of fluffy biscuits topped with gravy, ready to eat.

More hearty breakfast ideas

If you like biscuits and gravy, smothered breakfast burritos may also be up your alley. Big eggy burritos are covered in sausage gravy and baked for a tasty combination.

Tater tot egg casserole is another filling breakfast option. Use your favorite breakfast meat and make it your own.

An Amish breakfast casserole is another great way to start a special day.

Or bake a sausage and waffle breakfast casserole. It is mostly savory, a little sweet and really filling.

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Yield: 6 Servings

Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Plate of homemade biscuits topped with creamy sausage sawmill gravy with red checkered napkin.

Homemade biscuits and sausage gravy is the ultimate in hearty comfort food breakfasts. Making fluffy biscuits and an easy creamy sawmill gravy with bits of breakfast sausage is easy and the results are delicious and filling.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Biscuits

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter, frozen & grated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Sausage Gravy

  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry onion, minced
  • 3 cups whole milk

Instructions

Biscuits

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F and sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 
  3. Grate in frozen butter and stir.
  4. Stir in buttermilk.
  5. Either drop dollops of dough onto pan, form biscuits with your hands or roll and cut biscuits with a biscuit cutter. Whatever your preference is should work here.
  6. Bake 15-18 minutes until golden brown, brush tops with melted butter, serve hot.


Gravy

  1. Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Crumble the sausage as it cooks.
  2. Sprinkle in the flour, garlic and onion powder and stir until sausage is well coated. Allow it to cook for a minute or two.
  3. Whisk in milk a little at a time and cook until the gravy thickens.
  4. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Serve immediately over warm biscuits and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 684Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 1342mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 24g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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