Saturday, February 14, 2015

Biscuits and gravy

Biscuits and gravy are one of the things that Scott almost always orders for breakfast when we go out. This recipe was incredibly easy, and for the most part I almost always have everything in the house for it! I loved having these for dinner with some scrambled eggs and ham! Side note: these were not very good the next day (we did store the gravy and biscuits separately).

I realized when I went to make these that I didn't have buttermilk on hand. Here's a handy tip for a subsitute: Get a one cup measuring cup out, put 1 tablespoon lemon juice in it, and then top the remaining space with milk. Let sit for about five minutes.

The biscuits!

The final product! (Yes, I added some additional pepper, just becasue)
Biscuits and gravy-adapted from Lighten up America! by Cooking Light
Total time: 35 minutes
Serves 6
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/4 pound pre-cooked breakfast sausage, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 2 1/4 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk; stir just until moist.

Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead five times. Take off pieces of the dough into biscuit sized pieces (about 3 1/4 inches), and flatten slightly before placing on a baking sheet coated well with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt butter over medium  heat. Add sausage, onion, 2 cups milk, sage and black pepper. 

In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup milk and 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, stirring well with a whisk. Add to the sausage mixture. Cook, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes or until sauce is thick and bubbly. Spoon gravy over biscuits.

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