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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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



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      67 Discussions


      3 years ago

      Thanks for the instructable. Now I am hungry.


      3 years ago

      Now do one for chocolate gravy. mmmm


      5 years ago

      Made them sooooooooo gooooooood


      Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

      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


      Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

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


      Reply 8 years ago on Introduction


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


      8 years ago on Introduction

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


      9 years ago on Introduction

      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. 


      9 years ago on Step 6

      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.


      9 years ago on Introduction

      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 :)


      10 years ago on Introduction

      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


      10 years ago on Introduction

      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.


      10 years ago on Step 6

      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

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      Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

      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


      10 years ago on Introduction

      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!