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Biscuits and sausage gravy in bowl.

Southern-style Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy


Fluffy, quick and easy homemade buttermilk Southern biscuits!  If you really want to take a trip down South, top them off with hot, spicy, creamy sausage gravy. 



For Biscuits

  • 2 cups soft wheat flour (like White Lily brand) or pastry flour* (see Notes)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 4 ounces or 8 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ cup of buttermilk 

For Sausage Gravy

  • 1 lb of bulk Italian sausage, spicy or sweet
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • few dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • dash of hot sauce, optional
  • Salt and pepper


For Biscuits

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Add butter, and rub in until the mixture looks like chunky, wet sand.
  3. Add buttermilk and stir gently with a wooden spoon or your hands. Once dough begins to come together, knead gently until you have a somewhat cohesive mass.
  4. Turn out onto a clean surface, and knead a bit more if necessary, patting dough into a large round, about an inch thick.
  5. Cut into circles with a water glass or biscuit cutter dipped in flour, line side by side on a sheet tray with edges touching. You can also arrange in a large cast-iron skillet.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until biscuits are lightly brown on top.

For Sausage Gravy

  1. In a non-stick skillet, brown sausage over medium heat breaking into small pieces with wooden spoon. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate. While sausage cooks, mince onion and garlic.
  2. In same pan, cook onions over low heat for about five minutes, adding garlic right at the end.
  3. Sprinkle flour over oniones, and stir with a wooden spoon until the butter absorbs all the flour, one to two minutes.
  4. Whisk in milk, bring to a boil stirring constantly, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add spices and seasonings and simmer on low heat for five to ten minutes stirring occasionally, until gravy thickens.
  5. Add sausage back to gravy, and season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  6. Keep warm over low heat.

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