Saturday, October 12, 2013

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

One of my favorite things about the weekends is breakfast!!  Well… by the time we get up it's usually brunch, but you know what I mean. ;)

  I love that I have enough time on weekend mornings to make delicious, from scratch breakfast. During the weekdays it's usually just a smoothie or something quick and easy, but this past Sunday I made biscuits and gravy. It has become one of our favorite weekend meals and I love that it's so easy & cheap to make. I can usually find a pound of ground pork at the grocery store for under $2 and the rest of the ingredients are basic enough that I usually have them on hand. 

For the biscuits you will need:
*Makes 6-7 biscuits

 - 2 cups flour
 - 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
 - 1 tsp Sugar
 - 1 tsp Salt
 - 3/4 cup Buttermilk (you can use regular milk or learn how to make buttermilk substitute here)
 - 1 stick butter (1/2 cup) melted & cooled

Start by melting the stick of butter. I don't have a microwave so I just used the stovetop. I placed the stick of butter in an oven/stove safe dish and melted it on the stovetop. But to save time, please feel free to use a microwave if you've got one.

As it is melting I combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.

 Once the butter is melted, I add the butter to the buttermilk and give it a little stir.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and fold together until just combined.

Try not to over mix/over work the dough as this will make the biscuits a little tough.

Dump the mixture onto a well floured flat surface and pat down to about 1 to 1-1/2 inch thickness.

I used a round drinking glass to cut out my biscuits from the dough. Place your cut biscuits onto an ungreased baking pan and Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

While the biscuits are cooking you can make the sausage gravy. 

You will need:
- 2 Tbsp bacon fat or extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 3 Tbsp flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp fresh sage*
- 1/2 Tbsp fresh thyme*
- 1 tsp fresh parsley*
- 1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes
- salt and pepper

*If you are using dried herbs then reduce the amount by one third.

Begin by combining the ground pork, onion, garlic, sage, thyme, parsley and chili flakes.

 In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the bacon fat or oil and dump in the meat mixture. Add a healthy pinch of salt to assist with the cooking process.

Cook until the meat is brown and crumbly and the onions are translucent.

Once the meat is cooked, add the 3 Tbsp of flour. Stir until all of the flour is mixed in with the meat.

Add 1 cup of milk and stir. Once it starts to thicken up, add the other 1 cup of milk and another healthy pinch of salt.

Continue to cook over low-medium heat stirring frequently until the mixture becomes thick like a gravy. Go ahead and taste and add any additional salt and pepper.

Once it is seasoned to your liking, it is ready to go on top of those warm, tender and buttery biscuits.

We usually top our biscuits and gravy with a fried egg, but they are good to go as is.

My favorite thing about this recipe is that it is so basic that you can really play around with the flavors. You can add fresh herbs, such as rosemary or lavender, and/or cheese to the biscuits and they still come out incredible! Also try changing up the flavors that go into the meat. Add a little nutmeg for a sweeter breakfast sausage or add more sage and red pepper flakes for a real punch in the mouth. Regardless of what you put in it, it will still come out great. Have fun with it!!



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