This Southern sausage gravy recipe is mouth-watering delicious and is perfect to serve over fresh homemade buttermilk biscuits and makes the best sausage gravy for biscuits and gravy.
I’ve talked about biscuits and gravy in the past. I recently shared a homemade buttermilk biscuit recipe that is so good with pretty much everything, and one of the things that it’s best with is sausage gravy. If you’ve never had it, sausage gravy is a southern staple, and you need it in your life. I’ve been enjoying sausage gravy since I was a child, and I’ve made it for my family for years. Almost every southern family has sausage and gravy with biscuits at least a couple of times a month, maybe more. There’s a reason for that. It’s absolutely delicious!
Southern Sausage Gravy
I’ve made sure to clearly give this recipe the “southern” distinction. Sausage gravy has been around for so long that it’s made its way across the country, and in different parts of the country, it’s made a little differently. Today, however, I’m sharing the classic southern sausage gravy that started it all, actually the best sausage gravy recipe! It’s as simple white gravy that’s nice and thick and loaded with delicious breakfast sausage. I go spicy, but you can use mild if you like. If you pair this with my homemade, golden brown buttermilk biscuits, you’ve got yourself a classic southern breakfast that you’ll find you make over and over again.
Country Sausage Gravy
Traditional sausage gravy is often called country sausage gravy for obvious reasons. It originated in the country, and it has a country gravy base. Country gravy is what you might call white gravy in other parts of the country. It’s a very thick gravy with a milk base that’s thickened with flour. We add cooked sausage to it to create a creamy gravy with a spicy kick that is just so amazingly good.
The Ultimate Comfort Food
Some people site things like chocolate cake, ice cream, and other sweets as the ultimate comfort food, but for my money, nothing beats sausage gravy and biscuits. It fills up your stomach and your soul in my opinion. Nothing is better than fluffy, perfectly cooked biscuits just drowning in rich, thick sausage gravy. Pair it with some black coffee or a glass of milk, and you’ve got a traditional southern breakfast that will fill you up for hours and leave you feeling like you just ate a plate full of love.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about this southern sausage gravy then read on. The following FAQ answers all the most commonly asked questions about sausage gravy.
What is sausage gravy?
Sausage gravy is a variation of country gravy to which sausage is added. So the question becomes what is country gravy? That’s easy. It’s a thick, white gravy made with flour, milk, and some kind of grease – usually bacon or sausage.
Where does sausage gravy come from?
Sausage gravy can be traced back to the late 1800s where it was first made by residents of southern Appalachia.
Can you freeze sausage gravy?
Absolutely! Simply chill the gravy in the refrigerator and then freeze it in an air-tight, freezer-safe container, heavy-duty freezer bags, or even ice cube trays. Freezing it in ice cube trays allows you to thaw out only as much as you want.
What can you eat with sausage gravy?
Of course, the first thing we think of is biscuits, but sausage gravy is actually delicious with a variety of foods. Some favorites are:
- English muffins
- Mashed potatoes
- Home fries
- Hash browns
- Dinner rolls
How do you thicken up country gravy?
Adding a bit more flour usually does the trick. If your gravy still won’t get as thick as you like, you can make a corn starch slurry to help thicken it.
Can I make sausage gravy ahead of time?
You sure can. Sausage gravy reheats incredibly well. Make it the night before and then heat it up over medium heat in a pot with a splash of milk to help it reheat and not get overly thick.
Storing Southern Sausage Gravy
You can store this gravy in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 3 months.
Southern Sausage Gravy Ingredients
It only takes a few ingredients to make this delicious gravy, and it’s so simple you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already!
- Hot and spicy breakfast sausage (can use mild)
- All purpose flour
- Whole milk
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Slap Ya Mama® seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
How to Make Southern Sausage Gravy
Making this gravy is as simple as gathering the ingredients. It’s a one-pot gravy that is very forgiving. Even beginners can make it!
Step 1: Make the Sausage
In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the sausage until no longer pink. Break up the sausage using a spatula or a wooden spoon as it cooks.
Step 2: Add Flour and Seasonings
Once the sausage is cooked, add the butter and scrape the drippings at the bottom of the pan. Then, sprinkle the flour, Slap Ya Mama seasoning, pepper, and garlic powder over the sausage and butter and stir until well-coated. Continue stirring and cook for 2 – 3 minutes to cook of the raw flour flavor.
Step 3: Make the Gravy
Pour in the milk while stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and simmer until the gravy thickens, stirring occasionally until desired consistency.
Try This Delicious Southern Sausage Gravy Today
This delicious southern sausage gravy is a treat no matter where you live. This rich, thick country gravy loaded with sausage is perfect over biscuits and so many other foods. It’s classic southern comfort food that warms your heart as well as your belly. Give it a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
More Breakfast Recipes You Might Enjoy
Hash Brown Breakfast Cups – A crispy hash brown crust, filled with eggs, ground sausage, and cheese.
Homemade Biscuits and Gravy – Flaky biscuits, topped with a homemade sausage gravy. There is no better breakfast to make than this!
Breakfast Lasagna – Lasagna noodles that are layered with fluffy eggs, breakfast sausage, ricotta cheese, bell peppers, and shredded cheese.
Try these Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches from Great Grub Delicious Treats. A homemade English muffin, a delicious fried egg, a hand pressed sausage patty, and topped with melty cheese.
Southern Sausage Gravy
- 1 pound hot and spicy breakfast sausage
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 3-3½ cups whole milk
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama® seasoning
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large skillet, add breakfast sausage. Using a spatula, 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. Continue stirring and let flour cook for about 2-3 minutes.
- Pour in milk while stirring constantly. Once milk is fully incorporated, reduce heat and simmer until the gravy thickens.
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