Homemade Sausage Gravy
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Homemade sausage gravy is easier to make at home than you think, and a great way to start the weekend.
For years I resisted sausage gravy. My northern upbringing can only claim half the blame; the remainder falls squarely on the shoulders of, well, poorly made gravies from chain restaurants and hotel buffets.
But after moving to Texas and sampling a few dishes with gravy, I realized I had been missing out.
Homemade sausage gravy is delicious, and perfect for any stick-to-your-ribs breakfast.
Plus, it’s so easy to make, you don’t need a Southern address for good biscuits and gravy!
What is sausage gravy?
Homemade sausage gravy, like other gravies, is very easy to make, a point which should be obvious thanks to the American idioms of the gravy train and it’s all gravy, both alluding to something that is easy to obtain.
The ease of making gravy certainly helped its popularity, even though its rise among the masses likely grew out of necessity rather than the Thanksgiving-and-chicken-fried-steak decadence we often associate it with.
Because gravy requires meat drippings, but not a lot of meat, it ended up being a go-to dish in the U.S. for feeding cowboys, harvesters, lumberjacks, and anyone else who needed to be fed for little money.
It not only could be used as a sauce for bread, but also to make tough, last-of-the-larder meats more palatable.
While each region has its own take on gravy, from Red-Eye Gravy (made with ham drippings and coffee) to Sawmill Gravy (made with cornmeal, though the cooks were sometimes accused of thickening with sawdust instead), sausage gravy is popular all over the country, especially when served with piping-hot biscuits.
Ingredients for sausage gravy
Pork sausage – You only need a half pound of pork sausage for this homemade sausage gravy recipe, so it’s economical while still having plenty of meaty flavor.
If you like, try a different kind of sausage, but note that leaner meats such as chicken might require an addition of fat to the recipe for a proper gravy. The fat is key to the gravy, so don’t skim it off after the sausage is cooked, either.
Flour – Use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
Milk – I use 2% milk because that’s what I have on hand. However, whole milk will also work.
I don’t recommend skim milk due to the lower fat content. I have not tried this recipe with nondairy milk; if you choose to use one, make sure it is unsweetened and unflavored.
Salt and pepper – The amount of seasoning you’ll need will depend both on your taste buds and on how much your pork sausage is already seasoned.
Add a small amount and taste before adding more.
How to make this recipe
Heat a large skillet over medium, and add the pork sausage.
Cook the sausage, breaking it into small pieces with your spatula as it cooks.
Once the sausage is browned and no pink remains, sprinkle the flour over the sausage and stir well.
The flour will soak up the rendered fat and form a paste.
When all the flour is mixed in and starting to toast, add the milk slowly, whisking the entire time and scraping up any stuck bits from the pan.
Lower the heat to medium-low and continue to whisk to blend the flour and milk to smooth out the gravy.
As the gravy cooks it will thicken, so even if it seems like you need more flour, resist the urge.
The gravy can go from thin to thickened in a matter of moments, so keep a watchful eye!
Once the gravy is thickened, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve while hot.
What to serve with sausage gravy
Of course, sausage gravy is delicious on top of homemade buttermilk biscuits!
You can also try it with corn muffins or jalapeño cornbread, or over hashbrowns or fried green tomatoes.
Sausage gravy can also be used for eggs benedict or as part of a breakfast casserole.
Try it with pickled red onions or pickled jalapeños over the top for a tangy addition!
How long does sausage gravy last?
Sausage gravy is best when you eat it immediately after it is made. If needed, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days.
Can I make sausage gravy in advance?
If needed, sausage gravy can be made the night before you plan to serve it.
Let the gravy cool and store in an airtight container.
To reheat, pour into a saucepan and gently warm. You don’t want to warm it too quickly because it can thicken further.
If needed, thin the gravy by whisking in a small amount of milk.
Can sausage gravy be made gluten-free?
Yes! If you need your gravy to be gluten free, swap the flour with your favorite all-purpose flour blend.
Make sure your pork sausage is also gluten free, as some brands might have wheat-based fillers.
What can I add to sausage gravy?
If you want to add even more flavor to this gravy, try adding one or a few of these options during the browning step:
- Maple syrup
- Smoked paprika
- Minced garlic
- Ground sage
- Ground sumac
- Diced Hatch chile peppers
- Crushed red chile peppers
Or, try using different flavored sausage, like a spicy pork sausage or maple chicken sausage, for a unique taste.
You’ll love how easy this breakfast staple is!
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Homemade Sausage Gravy
- 1/2 pound pork breakfast sausage
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large skillet set over medium heat, cook pork sausage until browned, breaking up large pieces as it browns.
- When sausage is cooked, whisk in flour to form a paste, then add milk, whisking as you pour.
- Lower heat to medium-low and continue to whisk mixture until it thickens.
- Season to taste and serve over biscuits.
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As a Yankee with semi-Southern roots (my mom’s from North Carolina), I’ve had my share of biscuits and gravy over the years. It’s some good stuff, and I think it’s going to make its way to my breakfast table this weekend. 🙂
“Gravy train” and the phrase “it’s all gravy” don’t mean “easy”. They mean “bonus”, “extra” “over the top” or “good life”! If you’re riding the gravy train, it means you have an enriched life. And BOY, is this little tiny comment font hard to read! The regular text above is difficult, but this is impossible without putting my nose on the monitor. Sausage gravy will put fat on places where you don’t want it. That’s the truth!
@Barbara It’s connected to the idea of easy money; the original phrase “gravy train” was a short haul that paid well (according to etymology dictionaries). I think with the way that people have been using it these days (as language is fluid) it still works with the idea of what I was saying. Sausage gravy is definitely a treat, not for every day!
Regarding the font, I have the blog font set to “Large”. Is your browser set to 100%, or are you possibly on a mobile device? If you’re on a Mac you can increase the font size by pressing Command and the plus key together.