This homemade biscuits and gravy recipe is totally made from scratch and is the ultimate comfort food to serve for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. A Southern classic breakfast recipe that is always a welcome addition for a special weekend breakfast the whole family will enjoy.
Biscuits and gravy in any form is a classic southern breakfast that anyone south of the Mason Dixon line has probably enjoyed for their entire lives. This combo is always a welcome start to the day, but the reigning king of biscuits and gravy is biscuits and sausage gravy. You can’t beat it. I’ve been making biscuits and gravy for my family for quite some time and they are always a favorite for breakfast and are the ultimate comfort food recipe.
Homemade Biscuits and Gravy
If you’ve never had biscuits and gravy before, I’m so glad you stopped by to read this. I think it’s a sad, sad thing for anyone to not enjoy the deliciousness, the majesty, the pure, unadulterated joy that is biscuits and gravy, especially when it has sausage in it. It all starts with flaky buttermilk biscuits. From there, we make a creamy, white gravy loaded with pepper and spicy breakfast sausage.
When you put it together, you’ve got a classic southern dish that always has everyone coming back for more. Serve this combo on its own or add scrambled eggs to it for even more breakfast goodness. However you make it, just make it!
The Ultimate Breakfast Comfort Food
If you grew up in the south, you most likely have fond memories of enjoy homemade biscuits and gravy on the weekend, either at your house or at your Granny, MeMa, or Nanna’s house after spending the night. There’s nothing like waking up to the smell of biscuits and sausage filling the house and knowing that soon, you’ll be enjoying biscuits absolutely drowning is spicy gravy. It’s the best thing ever.
If you’ve never had biscuits and gravy before, just know that it’s the ultimate breakfast comfort food. If you make it one time, you’ll never look back. Trust me.
Homemade Biscuits and Gravy Variations
Biscuits and gravy is such a classic, I wouldn’t change a thing about it, but that’s just me. If you like to experiment, I recommend leaving the gravy as is and simply playing with the biscuits and the type of sausage that you use. Both of these changes will make for interesting variations while still keeping the core recipe intact.
There are all kinds of biscuit recipes out there, and since all biscuits are better when they’re drowning in gravy, feel free to try any of them for this recipe. If you have a favorite biscuit recipe, give it a try. If not, there are hundreds of them online for you to choose from.
I use spicy breakfast sausage in this recipe, but you can use any kind of sausage you like. Each kind lends its own flavor to the recipe, so feel free to experiment. Some great options include:
- Mild breakfast sausage
- Italian sausage
- Pork sausage
- Turkey sausage
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about homemade biscuits and gravy, I have the answers you’re looking for. The following FAQ answers all the most common questions about biscuits and gravy.
What is Sausage Gravy?
Sausage gravy is simply country gravy to which sausage is added.
What is Country Gravy?
Country gravy is a rich, peppery, milk-based gravy. If you don’t live in the south, you’ve probably heard it called white gravy. It’s a staple gravy in the south, ranking right up there with red eye gravy.
How do you Thicken Gravy for Biscuits and Gravy?
The classic way to thicken white gravy for biscuits and gravy is flour. However, some people will add some cornstarch to make the gravy even thicker.
Can you Make Biscuits and Gravy Ahead of Time?
You can make the gravy ahead of time, but I wouldn’t recommend making the biscuits in advance. Biscuits are best when they’re hot and fresh. Make the gravy ahead of time and let it heat on the stovetop while the biscuits bake.
What to Serve with Biscuits and Gravy?
All of your breakfast favorites go wonderfully with biscuits and gravy. Great options include:
- Scrambled eggs
- Fried eggs
- More sausage
- Hash browns
Tips for the Best Sausage Gravy
Homemade sausage gravy is simple to make, but there’s a certain amount of finesse required to make it really good. Anyone can throw the ingredients together, but it takes a certain southern touch to make it just right. The following tips will help you make the best gravy ever.
Don’t Drain the Sausage
Don’t drain your sausage after it’s finished browning. That fat is what gives the gravy such great flavor.
Adequately Cook the Flour
Always cook the flour until it has a slightly toasty aroma before adding the liquid. Doing this will eliminate that raw flour flavor that you sometimes find in gravy.
Don’t Use Too Much Flour
If you use too much flour, your gravy will be lumpy, almost as if it has small dumplings in it. Be sure you only use enough flour to adequately thicken the gravy.
Buttermilk is King
Of course, you can use milk for this gravy (as we have for this recipe), but buttermilk is what really gives it a rich flavor. If you have buttermilk, use it in your gravy. If you don’t, you can make your own buttermilk.
How to Make Your Own Buttermilk
While we’re on the subject of making your own buttermilk, let’s talk about that. It’s so easy to do. Simply use 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar per 1 cup of milk. Mix them together and let them sit for 5 – 10 minutes. That’s all there is to it!
Storing Homemade Biscuits and Gravy
You can store both gravy and biscuits for 3 – 4 days in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Do not store the biscuits and gravy together. To store the gravy longer, you can freeze it for up to 6 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.
Homemade Biscuits and Gravy Ingredients
This recipe only requires basic ingredients to make both the biscuits and the gravy. You likely have most of them in your kitchen right now, and the ones you don’t have are easily found at your local grocery store.
For the Biscuits
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Cream of tartar
- Cold butter, cubed
- Large egg
- Whole milk
For the Gravy
- Hot and spicy breakfast sausage
- All purpose flour
- Whole milk or Buttermilk
- Garlic salt
- Black pepper
- Slap Ya Mama®
How to Make Homemade Biscuits and Gravy
Making this recipe requires a few steps, but none of them are hard. You’ll be making both the gravy and the biscuits from scratch, but each step is incredibly simple.
Step 1: Make the Biscuit Dough
Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Then, use a pastry cutter or 2 forks to cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients. Next, add the milk, buttermilk, and egg and mix until just combined. Finally, transfer the dough to a well-floured surface. Lightly sprinkle it with flour and knead it 10 – 15 times.
Step 2: Roll Out and Bake
Roll or pat out the dough to a 1-inch thickness, then cut out the biscuits with a biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet and brush the tops of them with buttermilk. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits are lightly brown. Remove the biscuits from the oven.
Step 3: Make the Gravy
Add the breakfast sausage to a large skillet and break it up while browning it over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage, and once completely cooked, add butter to the pan, then add the flour, Slap Ya Mama seasoning, pepper, and garlic powder over the sausage, stirring well to coat.
Continue stirring and cooking for 2 – 3 minutes to allow the flour to cook. Then, pour in the milk while stirring constantly. Once the milk is fully incorporated, reduce the heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes until the gravy is thickened.
Step 4: Eat
Pour the gravy over the biscuits, salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!
Try This Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Recipe Today
These delicious homemade biscuits and gravy are a from scratch breakfast that your entire family will love. Flaky buttermilk biscuits and rich, creamy country gravy loaded with sausage come together to create a breakfast that will leave you full and satisfied for hours and hours. Give it a try, and I know you’ll love it as much as my family does.
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Homemade Biscuits and Gravy
For the Biscuits
- 3 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¾ cup cold butter cubed
- 1 egg
- ½ cup whole milk
- ½ cup buttermilk
For the Gravy
- 1 pound hot and spicy breakfast sausage (can use mild)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ⅓ cup flour
- 3-3½ cups whole milk
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama®
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- Preheat the oven to 450°.
For the Biscuits
- In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
- Using a pastry cutter or 2 forks, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture.
- Add in the milk, buttermilk, and egg. Mix until just combined.
- Transfer dough to a well-floured surface. Lightly sprinkle top of dough with flour and knead 10-15 times.
- Roll/pat dough out to 1 inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter.
- Place biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Brush tops of biscuits with buttermilk and bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops of biscuits are slightly brown.
- Remove from oven.
For the Gravy
- In a large skillet, add breakfast sausage and break up sausage while cooking over medium heat.
- Once the sausage is completely cooked, add butter into the pan.
- Sprinkle flour, Slap Ya Mama®, pepper, and garlic powder over sausage and stir until well coated. Cook for about 2-3 minutes stirring constantly.
- Pour in milk while stirring constantly. Once milk is fully incorporated, reduce heat and simmer until the gravy thickens, about 4-5 minutes.
- Serve over warm biscuits.
Here are a few pics that are the perfect size for pinning to your favorite breakfast board on Pinterest.