Introduction: Easy Southern Style Biscuits and Gravy!

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This is my favorite thing in the world.

It is almost certainly one of the worst things I eat, and therefore I make it very rarely. But today I have the day off and it is BISCUIT DAY! Plus, I have finally finished the Robot and now I can move on with my life!

(biscuit dance interlude)

Step 1: Ingredients.

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For this batch, I used:
  • 3 cups of milk (preferably whole)
  • ready made buttermilk biscuit mix
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • about 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 6 pork sausage patties (fatty is best!)
  • salt to taste and LOTS of freshly ground black pepper

You'll need a big skillet and a cookie sheet to make these, plus a mixing bowl and spoons and a whisk and such. :)

Step 2: Prepare the Biscuits According to the Directions.

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I always do the biscuits first because it's fine if they sit. And this way, they'll certainly be done with the gravy is ready. :)

I did messy drop biscuits because I was starving and I'm not much for being fiddly with something I'm just going to break into tiny bits, anyway.

So get these in the oven and start on cooking the sausage. :D

Step 3: Sausages!

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These will be pretty quick. Heat your skillet to medium-high heat and throw them in.

Feel free to add pepper to these if you like. I think it makes them tastier. :)

The cooking time will be about 3 minutes per side in most cases. You'll want them browned and crisp on both sides. Once these are done, set them aside on a little plate with a folded paper towel for drainage. Keep them on the stovetop to keep them warm.

Oh, and also - you'll probably be wanting to wear your apron and be using a splatter screen at this point. ;)

Step 4: Making the Gravy.

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Leave all the fat and yummy bits in the pan. Turn down the heat to medium and throw in 3 tablespoons of flour and begin to whisk.

If the flour starts balling up, you don't have enough fat. Bring out the butter! I used what I had left - which was 2 tablespoons. It did the job nicely.

Keep whisking the flour and butter until the mixture turns light brown. Now, add your milk. I used three cups.

Once the milk is in, it's just lots of whisking and waiting. You can speed it up by turning up the heat, but you'll need to whisk like a madman. Burnt gravy is a bad, bad, bad thing. :(

Make sure not to walk away during this part. You need to stick with it, whisking and scraping down the sides. After a few minutes, it will thicken up.

The general rule for the gravy is 1 tablespoon of flour to every cup of milk, just in case you'd like to make less or more. :D

Step 5: Finishing the Gravy.

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Once the gravy has thickened, add a good amount of ground black pepper. Then, crumble one of the sausage patties and throw it in.

Continue whisking until it is as thick as you like.

Step 6: How to Eat Biscuits and Gravy.

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This is how I believe you should do it.

Step 1 - Crumble biscuits onto a plate. (I used three.)
Step 2 - Slather them with gravy. (Jace says I use more gravy than biscuits. It's true.)
Step 3 - Put a couple of pieces of sausage on the top.
Step 4 - Drown the whole thing in black pepper.
Step 5 - Lick the plate clean and then clean up the kitchen.
Step 6 - Go for a walk or something to offset all those calories you just consumed. :D

How do you eat your biscuits and gravy? If there's not a debate about this I'll be surprised. :P


Flenters (author)2016-01-27

Thanks for the instructable. Now I am hungry.

harmonious1 (author)2015-10-02

Now do one for chocolate gravy. mmmm

dupes888 (author)2013-10-03

Made them sooooooooo gooooooood

katieking (author)2009-05-26

We don't have premade biscuit mixes in the uk, what could I use instead?

powpowpow (author)katieking2011-08-21

Apparently biscuits are just like our english muffins, if you toast them before splitting them. That or a plain scone :/

I've been making biscuits and gravy for over 30 years and never used a biscuit mix or canned biscuits.  Never saw the need to since they are so easy to make.  This gravy recipe is very similar to mine except I like to crumble the sausage up and add it to the gravy.  Here is my recipe:  Mamas Southern Biscuits and Gravy

eetzel (author)katieking2009-07-22

Do a search on someplace like - buttermilk biscuits - that website lets you convert from US to UK measurements and normally gives alternate ingredient suggestions.

realityfusion (author)2011-01-23

Lesson learned, do not cook sausage if naked.

ElChick (author)realityfusion2011-02-11


I just about snorted my chewing gum out thru my nose and choked to death when I read that line.

Kaiven (author)2011-02-11

Wait.... does this mean I can make... Bacon gravy? I must try it.

tralphas (author)2010-01-21

From growing up in Oklahoma and Texas, biscuits and gravy is heaven on a plate.  I save my drippings from cooking sausage and bacon.  I use it to flavor my gravy if I'm out of sausage.  I also use it to flavor beans and greens.  Butter is for putting inbetween a biscuit and gravy over it.  Dang, now I'm craving biscuits and gravy. 

dcur (author)2009-08-30

Nice work.

eetzel (author)2009-07-22

Homemade biscuits - I make the gravy - crumble the extra sausage in the bottom of the bowl - add gravy and se the biscuits as dippers. Wonderful, messy and great for a rainy day.

LilLaTLuv (author)2009-07-21

Hey! Oh, my, GOODNESS!!! Someone actually has this recipe posted online!!! Oh, jessyratfink, I LOVE YOU FOR THIS!!!! My favorite food in the whole wide world is biscuits and gravy but I always forget how to make it (I have the short-term memory of a goldfish) and this is just PERFECT for me. Thanks so much! I can't wait to make these! Luv ya, Tashi :)

twocvbloke (author)2009-06-12

My mum had Biscuits and gravy when she visited California years back and she said they were amazing, though she did suffer really bad heartburn afterwards (she has no gall bladder), but it was worth it... :D I must try it myself, being in the UK there is no such meal, but it just looks soooooooo tasty and very moreish, definitely have to make it... :D

zoom6zoom (author)2009-05-30

Premade mix? My momma would slap me for even considering such a thing, especially something as simple as a biscuit. (and would disown me if I picked up those in the refrigerated cardboard tube!) Just google "buttermilk biscuit" and you'll find plenty of recipes. I would also add that you should preheat your milk for the gravy (just zap it in the nuker for a minute or two) and your gravy will come together much more quickly.

notveryreal (author)2009-04-28

I have the same pepper mill as you. :O

RedLion (author)2008-08-06

Nice job! One of my favorite breakfast meals as well. I typically use simple toasted bread - three slices torn into pieces - and add pepper and a few hot pepper flakes during the roux stage to punch it up a bit. Your roux, by the way, looks nearly perfect. My other favorite is bacon and grits. Seems only southerners know the difference between oatmeal and grits. There's no sugar in grits, only salt and a puddle of melted butter, and the grits should be stiff enough to almost hold a fork upright. RedLion Lexington, KY

Oscelot (author)RedLion2009-02-19

I know the difference between oatmeal and grits and I'm from California. ;) Of course, I also went on to marry someone from Newport, KY... c.c

Oscelot (author)2009-02-19

I'll definitely have to try these.. You have my husband drooling over biscuits and gravy now. ;) He grew up in Kentucky, so he's used to Bob Evans style.. I eat mine pretty close.. get a biscuit, open it and lay it out on one of those bowl like plates, and DROWN it in gravy. Muahahahahaha. Hurrah for trucker food!

Creativeman (author)2009-01-31

Just fount it....fantastic!!!!! thanks jessy-juliachilds-ratfink...can't wait to have some. Cman

the_sandypants (author)2009-01-23

*biscuit dance*

persephone94 (author)2009-01-03

Mmmmm! I love biscuits and gravy as a special treat! I'll definitely have to try your recipe -- my mouth is watering already. *biscuit dance*

*biscuit dance* Everything should be assigned a dance, especially food!

BillElGrande (author)2008-11-22

I still want to build a death ray before the year is out, but I think biscuits and gravy are a much better contribution to humanity. Mouth is watering. Mmmm. I salute you.

inquisitive (author)2008-08-04

Best gravy on spuds, too. A few dashes of Tabasco and I am all set-now my stomach is grumbling for it too!

mpmayer (author)inquisitive2008-11-22

put some fried eggs on top of those taters then top with gravy mmmmmmm

jessyratfink (author)inquisitive2008-08-05

I've never had it with potatoes but I think I need to try it!

Gravy + hashbrowns = weeeeeeeeee?

inquisitive (author)jessyratfink2008-08-06

Try it with fries, mashed, baked...delish. One of my friends looks like a total vegan size two and she would drink straight shots of gravy if she had a chance.

that gravy + chicken fried steak + tabasco = crack
not literally, but its good

Lithium Rain (author)2008-08-09

I didn't know ya'll up north liked biscuits and gravy!

Phoghat (author)Lithium Rain2008-11-08

I like 'em 'cause I'm from the South (of Poland)

Haha, I might be in Louisville now but I certainly originated from a place in Kentucky that is very southern! Kentucky's a weird place - I'm from western and I can barely understand some of the folks from the eastern part, and here in northern Kentucky I'm made fun of for my accent. :P

lasersage (author)2008-08-06

I think something must be lost in translation. What you call gravy I "think" we call white sauce, and in England biscuits are sweet. Yours aren't are they? I can't imagine biscuits (cookies in america I guess) would be very nice with pork and white sauce. I'm no master chef so maybe I've just missunderstood. Isn't it strange what huge differences there are when we both speak "english".

shooby (author)lasersage2008-09-17

American biscuits are kind of like scones. They taste good with both sweet or savoury foods.

sock2828 (author)lasersage2008-08-06

yeah are biscuits are like scones only savory and more tender and fluffy

here's a much better example of an American biscuit

I am not quite sure what happened to the authors biscuits but there not quite right

jessyratfink (author)sock28282008-08-08

Laziness is what happened. :P

jessyratfink (author)lasersage2008-08-06

Haha, you are correct! Gravy is basically a white sauce, you're just using a different sort of fat and letting the flour cook longer. :) These biscuits are very savory - nothing sweet about them.

shooby (author)2008-09-17

My S.C. uncle made me this this summer, because he's a man's man. I thought it was pretty good, the gravy was kind of overkill though. I'd rather use that flour for more biscuits, soaked in butter. The patties are a must though.

aliceownsj00 (author)2008-09-09

*is drooling* yummy.

SoapyHollow (author)2008-08-14

Yum! It also works really well with "red eye" gravy, which is a southern cream gravy where you use coffee to deglaze the frying pan after making ham steak or sausage. Oh so good. :)

SpinWard (author)2008-08-05

It's not often that there is a recipe that says "southern" and it really is southern! I've lived in Georgia since I was 2 and THIS is southern! You did a great job. My mom cooks it the same way but in a iron skillet, homemade biscuits, and sausage! The only other thing to make it worse for you is a mound of scrambled eggs under the gravy with the biscuits and a bowl of grits! Very great job!! Thanks for making it authentic!

Lithium Rain (author)SpinWard2008-08-09

Y'know what grits really are, right?

SpinWard (author)Lithium Rain2008-08-10

I heard a comedian say that grits are kitty litter mixed with Elmer's glue! My husband would agree. I love grits with salt and butter!

Lithium Rain (author)SpinWard2008-08-10

No, grits are Girls Raised In The South. :D

jessyratfink (author)SpinWard2008-08-05

Thank you for that! Such flattery!! :D And mmmm... grits. I should really make those next.

H4T (author)2008-08-08

I just made this, and it was delicious! The gravy had zero flavor, but thats because I didn't add much pepper to it (now I see why you added so much!). I poured it over crumbled toast, and cooked the gravy with the fat of some sausage links and bacon. Best of all, this was very filling, thanks for posting!

jessyratfink (author)H4T2008-08-08

I'm happy you liked it! :D

shantinath1000 (author)2008-08-06

I like to use the bulk sausage and simply crumble it in the pan- I don't have any on the side but there is a lot more in the gravy! I also like to add grated cheese to the biscuits- For you English out there think of a savory scone with a nice sharp cheese mixed in. Oh Yeah- if I have it I will crumble some crisp bacon into the buiscuit for a truly heart stopping dish.

Bacon is delicious in gravy! I hardly have it on hand, though. I've never tried the biscuits with cheese, though. I might have to do that. :)

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