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Thursday, April 25, 2013

family favorites: {biscuits and gravy recipes}

One of our family traditions is to have a family night on Friday nights.  It is hard to have one every Friday night so we usually aim to have about 2 family Fridays a month. 

On our family nights, we eat a family favorite meal.  Sometimes it is take-out.  And sometimes it is a requested meal.  Here recently there was a request for good ole biscuits with sausage gravy.

Now y’all – I must warn you.  This meal is in no way or fashion a healthy meal.  But it is yum-o delicious! And it is easy.  I thought it would be hard but nope… it is incredibly easy. 

First we start with the biscuits.  We make Angel biscuits around here.  What makes them Angel biscuits. Well, they have yeast in them so they will rise.  I honestly don’t have the best of luck with regular biscuits.  But Angel biscuits have not let me down yet!

Angel Biscuits

(recipe will be typed in full at the end of the post)

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Dissolve one package of dry yeast into 1/4 cup of water (on the left).  And since the recipe calls for buttermilk yet we rarely have it on hand, I mix a little less than two cups of milk with a bit of vinegar (which will equal two cups once you pour it into the measuring cup).  If you have buttermilk, you can skip that step.

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Sift together 5 cups of flour, 1 tsp. of baking soda, 3 tsp. of baking powder, 4 TBSP. of sugar, and 1 tsp. of salt.

Add to the dry ingredients:  the yeast mixture, 2 cups of buttermilk (or your vinegar/milk mixture or just plain milk), and 2/3 cups of oil (I have also substituted coconut oil by cutting it into the dry mixture.) Mix well.

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Turn mixture onto a floured board and knead for a few minutes. 

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Cut out your biscuits and place into a greased pan.  (It makes a large amount.  You can bake it all now or you can store the rest in the refrigerator to use later.)

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Bake in a 400 degree over for about 15 +/- minutes.  (I forgot to get a picture of the finished biscuits.  Sorry.  I had kids chomping at my heels to eat some biscuits. *smile*)

Sausage Gravy

(pictures are kind of sparse on this one.  see the note above about hungry kids.  the recipe will be typed in full at the end of the post.)

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And I just realized that I did not get one picture of the sausage gravy making process except for this one of the ingredients so I’m just going to post the recipes.  But trust me, it is so easy.

Sausage Gravy with Angel Biscuits

For the gravy:

  • 1 pound of breakfast sausage
  • 1 stick of butter
  • black pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 quart of milk

Brown the gravy and crumble into small pieces.  Remove from the pan.

Melt butter in the pan.  Add in black pepper and cayenne pepper and stir. (I don’t measure but it’s probably 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp of black pepper and 1/4 tsp of cayenne.) 

Add the flour a little at a time as you stir. 

Whisk in the milk until smooth and hot.  If you want it thinner, add more milk. 

Stir in the sausage.  Serve over biscuits.

For the biscuits:

  • 1 pkg of dry yeast, dissolved in 1/4 cup of lukewarm water
  • 5 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 4 TBSP of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2/3 cup of oil
  • 2 cups of buttermilk

Mix together the yeast and water.  Set aside. 

Sift together the dry ingredients.

Add the milk, oil, and yeast mixture into the dry ingredients.  Mix well.

Turn out on a floured board and knead a few minutes. 

Cut biscuits and place into greased pan.

Bake for 15 +/- minutes. 

And there you go.  Super easy.  Super yummy.  Not so healthy (so we don’t eat them often) biscuits and sausage gravy!

Blessings from our kitchen to yours,

Adriane

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