Sunday, May 27, 2012

Biscuits 'N Gravy

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Comfort food. Sometimes we just crave something creamy, warm and home-y. I don't recall ever having biscuits and gravy at home with my parents, but it was always an option when with my grandmother or her Southern family. Sausage has never been agreeable with my tummy, but this version uses meatless maple sausage to cut back on the heaviness and the fat. Dig's easier than you think!

Biscuits 'n Gravy
4-6 servings, 10 biscuits
From here and here

2  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups skim milk

10 ounces veggie sausage (like Morningstar Maple Sausage Patties)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups skim milk
Salt and black pepper, to taste

biscuits step one: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt for one minute. Add milk and stir until dough forms.

biscuits step two: Turn the dough on a floured surface, knead for 1 minute, then form into a ball. Form into a disk about 3/4-inch thick. Using a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter or a floured rim of a glass, cut out 8 biscuits. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or non-stick spray, place the biscuits at least 1 inch apart. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

gravy step one: In a large skillet, cook the sausage according to package instructions. Set aside.

gravy step two: Spoon the flour into the skillet on medium-high heat and spread around with a whisk or wooden spoon for one minute. Continue whisking while slowly adding the milk. Stop whisking and let the gravy mixture come to a boil. Once boiling, add a few dashes of salt and pepper. Reduce heat and let simmer for 3 minutes.

gravy step three: In the meantime, chop up the sausage (if they came in patties or links) and stir into the gravy mixture. Stir and pour over the hot biscuits.

Pretty easy, right? And it's super filling without making you feel super guilty for eating 8,000 calories and 80 grams of fat (estimated nutrition facts of Aunt Edna's version). Gotta love that.

Happy weekend to you. Enjoy it. Eat lots of berries and grilled corn. Bask in the sun. Lather, rinse and repeat.

Happy eating!

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