Ready in 30 minutes
Serve with Frank’s Famous Baking Powder Biscuits . . . PLEASE do not spoil my gravy by using those nasty grocery store biscuits in a tube . . . REAL biscuits are just too easy to make!
"I have been experimenting a bit with this recipe. I tried it with maple sausage=good. Add worchestershire sauce=very good. I have to add canola oil to this every time since I've found the flour amount excessive. My husband likes this recipe every time I make it. No matter how doctored I've made it. 1 Tablespoon of black pepper is waaaay too much. I also do not use the tabasco sauce. I guess the worchestershire takes the place of it.
The moral here, I guess, is experiment around with this recipe. it's a good basic recipe. "
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Selecting the right sausage
Part of the secret of good sausage gravy is the FAT. Sorry folks, but the lean “good for you” kind of pork sausage just won’t make good sausage gravy. If you are worried about the fat and cholesterol . . . eat something else!! Select a good brand, just the same. My favorite for making gravy is “Aberdeen” brand, but any brand with a good balance of meat and fat will do. If you have a good meat market in your area where they grind their own sausage, tell the butcher to grind you some with plenty of fat left in.
Pre-measure your milk and flour and have it ready next to the stove, as well as about a liter of water. Heat a deep skillet to medium high heat. Fry up the sausage with about half a teaspoon of hot sauce, until it is well browned and has rendered all of the fat. Break up the sausage into small bit as it fries, so that it is the size of small peas. Lower the heat just a bit, then add the flour to the pan. Mix into the sausage until the flour is totally coated with the rendered grease. You should not be able to see any more bright white flour. If there is not enough grease to coat all of the flour, add vegetable oil or lard until there is. You should now have little brownish sausage/flour nodules. Add salt, to taste, and the black pepper. Add the milk and about a cup of water. Stir with a wooden spoon, breaking up the nodules that have formed. Keep stirring and breaking up the nodules until it begins to smooth out. It will get very thick; add water until you get a nice, smooth, creamy consistency. The only lumps in the gravy should be the sausage! If the flour was well coated with grease, it will not be lumpy. Keep heating and stirring until it stops getting thicker and you have the consistency you want.
Some folks make their gravy with corn meal instead of flour. I like corn meal gravy, but gravy made with flour comes out smoother and allows the flavors of the sausage and pepper to predominate. The corn meal takes over and gives it a flavor and texture that’s totally different. Give it a try!
I prefer to use the “mild” sausage and decide for myself the type and kind of spice to add. Although it’s hard to make something too hot and spicy for me, my family does not share my taste for hot food, so I have to tone my cooking down for normal humans. Plus, the hot kind just doesn’t make good gravy . . . it’s good for sausage patties or biscuit sandwiches, but not for gravy.
If you want to make “Red-Eye” gravy, add fresh-ground red pepper, and dilute it with coffee rather than water. Some folks love it . . . I’m not one of them. I am a coffee lover, but it just doesn’t fit in with the pork . . . ham or pork sausage are the traditional bases for Red-Eye gravy . . . and to me, the flavors just don’t mix well.
I have tried this recipe with venison sausage as well, but venison is too lean to make good gravy, so you have to add vegetable oil or lard to make up the difference.
This recipe was awsome! I used evaporated milk in place of regular and had to add more water since it was so thick. I doubled the recipe and froze half for another sitting.
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jesstoad1 1 weeks ago
robfilkins1 2 weeks agoIts very good
MauraSpeckt 3 months agoGood gravy! It did need much tweaking to get right, because 1 cup of flour is way too much for this recipe (I only needed 1/2 cup). So is a whole tablespoon of pepper! I took some peoples suggestions and added worchestershire sauce and used the pepper much more sparingly. Over all it is a good basic recipe but do not follow it exactly, it needs some doctoring.
sweetsib 9 months ago
Mbjenny26 10 months agoThis is a basic recipe you can find in any cookbook. The trick to knowing how much flour to use is to measure how much grease you get from your sausage. Ex. If you get 1/4 c gease... Use 1 c flour. If you only get 1/8 c grease then you will only need 1/2 c flour. When you don't have enough grease you have to remember you need less of all the other ingredients. This is a good starter recipe that has been around for a long time. I'm 30 and my grandma thought it to me the way her grandma thought it to her when she was little.
xZoomerZx 10 months ago
cmv013 10 months ago
Jessicarosec 10 months agoGood recipe and quick!!!!!!
Hellbound1983 1 year agoThis recipe is great if you want sausage worked into a dough. Way too much flour. Holy crap
dawatha 1 year agoFirst time making this....next time I'll add about 1/2 cup of flour, it came out wayyy to thick. I also added tonys seasonings...
Adamibc1 1 year agoBest sausage gravy! Only use 1/2 cup of flour though
tracieblankenshipredisi 1 year ago
Chocolotto 1 year agoI think something went very wrong for some people with this recipe, I found it amazingly good! So what if it has 1TB black pepper; it's totally great! This is exactly the taste I was looking for, thanks!
volkswagon 2 years agoI have been experimenting a bit with this recipe. I tried it with maple sausage=good. Add worchestershire sauce=very good. I have to add canola oil to this every time since I've found the flour amount excessive. My husband likes this recipe every time I make it. No matter how doctored I've made it. 1 Tablespoon of black pepper is waaaay too much. I also do not use the tabasco sauce. I guess the worchestershire takes the place of it. The moral here, I guess, is experiment around with this recipe. it's a good basic recipe.
Jana4food 2 years agoVery good my family loved it! Thanks we will be making this again for sure.
apswirl 2 years agoSo-so recipe. Anyone who has made any gravy before knows that one cup of flour in this recipe is way too much. Person who posted should have realized this as well. I started with much less and used almost twice the milk and and water. It was still very thick. Be sure to "cook" the flour for a few minutes to help remove the floury taste before adding milk and water. This is a very basic recipe and not worthy of the submitter's hype. Any biscuits will do. Given the simplicity of this gravy, why go through the mess of making homemade biscuits. Buy some from anywhere and save yourself the trouble. Submitter was right about one thing, the quality of the sausage makes all the difference. Don't go cheap!
tanya920 2 years agoBefore I made this recipe, I read all the reviews and everyone said it was great! Am I the only one that thinks the 1 Tablespoon of black pepper was too much? I doubled the recipe, and I thought the black pepper was way too much! Maybe it is suppose to say 1 teaspoon?? My family was not impressed at all:(
jessg1976 2 years agoWas soooo good!! My husband said he would much rather have my homemade gravy than any diner!! Made homemade biscuits for the first time with it... because of your description.. Ha ha
zenface 2 years agoThis turned out amazing! I think I fell asleep on the tabasco though... Lol
Dhartman31 2 years agoPerfect! A great sausage gravy for home made biscuits.