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Sausage Gravy Recipe

| October 14, 2013 | 24 Comments

Sausage Gravy, recipe and photos
Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for making Sausage Gravy from scratch.  Just a few simple ingredients are all you’ll need to prepare a delicious breakfast of Sausage Gravy and Biscuits.  This quick and easy pan gravy is sure to please all the family.

 

Sausage Gravy, slider
Sausage Gravy Recipe:

 

NOTE:  This recipe originally appeared here on Taste of Southern on January 28, 2013.  Cooler weather has started to return to the heart of North Carolina and this is a great way to start your day.  I hope you’ll give this recipe a try.  When you do, be sure to leave us a comment or two in the section at the bottom of this page and let me know how it turns out for you.  I’ll be waiting to hear from you. 

 

Are you looking for something quick and easy to fix for breakfast for the family?  I think you’ll really enjoy topping some, fresh out of the oven,  hot biscuits, with our Sausage Gravy Recipe.  It’s really quick and easy to make and, you can do it all right in one skillet.

When you need something to warm you up on a cool winter morning or, something fast on a warm summer morning, this will surely become one of your favorite things to make.  Of course, if you’re like me, sometimes breakfast-for-supper is just as good.  Either way, I do hope you’ll give our Sausage Gravy recipe a try.

If you don’t make your own biscuits from scratch, there are some pretty good ready-made biscuits in the refrigerator case of your favorite grocery store.  They’ll work just about as good and, if you don’t tell…I’m not going to tell.

I can only imagine what a big old pan of hot biscuits must have smelled and tasted like after being pulled from an old fashioned wood stove oven.  I’ve had some delicious brick oven pizza that was fired with wood and, it just gives a little smokey taste to that…so….imagine what a pan of biscuits would have tasted like baked in a wood stove oven.  It’s my dream one day, when I have the room for it, to have a wood stove of my very own.  My family had one in the early days of my youth but I really don’t have any memory of it.  Of course, daddy made his own sausage too.

You just need a pound of sausage and a few other items to stir up a big old pan of hot Sausage Gravy.  Open up a biscuit or two, ladle on a great big spoonful of gravy and….you’re in for a real treat.  You can buy all the gravy mixes you want but, go ahead and learn how to make your own, you’ll never be disappointed.  Ready to give it a go?  Then….Let’s Get Cooking!!!

 

Sausage Gravy, ingredients.
Sausage Gravy Recipe:  You’ll need these ingredients.  Simple huh?

 

Sausage Gravy, crumble the sausage.
Open up your package of sausage and place it in a skillet set to medium heat.  As it begins to brown, use a spatula or spoon and, start to break up the meat.  Spread it around in the pan so it can cook evenly.

 

Sausage Gravy, brown the sausage.
Continue to stir the sausage around and crumble it as it cooks.  You’ll need to let it brown just to the point of where it’s fully cooked.

 

Sausage Gravy, remove sausage from pan.
Once the sausage is cooked, use a slotted spoon and remove it from the pan.  Place it in a small bowl and set aside.

 

Sausage Gravy, remove most of the fat.
You’ll need to remove most of the excess fat from the pan.  I used a spoon to skim it out but, you could just pour it out as well.  You DO want to leave all of the brown bits and any smaller pieces of sausage that might be in the pan.  We’re going to need all the flavor from those.  Don’t remove all of the fat, leave a couple of Tablespoons in the skillet.  We’ll need that to begin making the roux for our gravy.

 

Sausage Gravy, add some butter.
Toss in a couple of Tablespoons of butter and stir it around as it begins to melt.  The butter should melt slowly and, not start to brown or burn.  Adjust the heat of your pan accordingly if it’s cooking too fast.

 

Sausage Gravy, add the flour.
We’re using 4 Tablespoons of Flour for our roux.  You always want to have an equal amount of fat and flour in the pan when making a roux.  So, we had a couple of Tablespoons of fat from the sausage and, we’ve added a couple of Tablespoons of butter as well.  Start slowly by adding about half of the flour.  Sprinkle it around the pan as opposed to just dumping it all in one spot.

 

Sausage Gravy, stir it together.
Grab a spoon and begin to stir the flour into the liquids.  You’ll need to constantly stir this as you go.  It shouldn’t just dry up right away and get thick.  If it does, your pan is probably too hot so, reduce the heat.  Let it slowly blend together as you stir.

 

Sausage Gravy, add more flour.
Add more of the flour and just keep stirring.  Continue to sprinkle in the flour until it’s all in the pan.

 

Sausage Gravy, keep stirring.
Keep stirring and let the mixture cook for a minute or so.  You have to let it cook a little so it loses the taste of just flour.  Also, the longer it cooks, the more brown it becomes and, that determines whether you have a light gravy or dark gravy in the end.  If you happen to see any lumps, try breaking them up with your spoon and continue to stir them until they’re all gone.

 

Sausage Gravy, start adding milk.
Gradually begin adding the milk.  You will need to add just a little at a time and work it into the mix.  Don’t get in a rush or you’ll be disappointed with the final results.  Just let it happen…but keep stirring the whole time.

 

Sausage Gravy, continue to stir.
This is what it looks like when it starts getting too thick…too fast.  This is where you’ll start to see lumps that you can’t stir away if you aren’t careful.  I stepped away for a minute to adjust the camera and almost messed up.  Fortunately, I was able to stir it out and continued to add the milk until I had it all incorporated into the skillet.  Whew.

 

Sausage Gravy, stir until smooth.
Just keep stirring to avoid any lumps as it begins to thicken.

 

Sausage Gravy, add salt to taste.
Add the remaining milk as you stir.  Then, add a little salt.  Start out lightly with the salt though and, then you can taste it later to see if it needs more.  Don’t forget there is salt in the sausage and we’re going to add that back into the pan shortly.

 

Sausage Gravy, add some pepper.
Then, add some pepper.  I know you’re thinking this looks like a lot but…I may like a little pepper.  Of course, if you have White Pepper, all the better.  White Pepper doesn’t show up as little black specks in the finished product.  Reminder to self….add White Pepper to the shopping list.

 

Sausage Gravy, return the sausage to the pan.
Place the cooked sausage back in the pan.  Give it all a good stir.

 

Sausage Gravy, simmer for a few minutes.
Let the gravy simmer on a low heat for a few minutes.  Basically, we just need to warm the sausage back up but, it also helps to bring all the flavors together.  Time to get those biscuits ready.

 

Sausage Gravy, serve warm and enjoy.
Split open a couple of biscuits and ladle on a big spoonful or two of your Sausage Gravy.  Enjoy!

The gravy can be refrigerated for a couple of days if you have any leftover.  It’ll be a little thicker but still tasty.  I’m sure you could even add a little more milk and heat it up in a saucepan if you had a bigger amount leftover.

 

Sausage Gravy Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Sausage Gravy Recipe

Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for making Sausage Gravy from scratch. Just a few simple ingredients are all you'll need to prepare a delicious breakfast of Sausage Gravy and Biscuits. This quick and easy pan gravy is sure to please all the family.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of pork sausage
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the pork sausage, break it up with a spoon or fork and let it brown until fully cooked.
  3. Use a slotted spoon and remove the meat from the pan. Set aside for now.
  4. Add 2 Tablespoons of butter into the skillet, let melt.
  5. Add the flour, one Tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly to make a roux.
  6. Continue to stir and let the mixture cook for a minute or two, don’t let it burn.
  7. Slowly stir in milk, about ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly to work it all together.
  8. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. Test it for flavor, as you go.
  9. Add the cooked sausage back into the pan, stir well.
  10. Let the gravy and sausage simmer for a minute or two until it reaches the desired consistency.
  11. Serve warm and Enjoy.

Notes

Leftovers can be refrigerated for 2-3 days as needed.

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Your Comments:  Do you cringe at the thought of making gravy?  Did you try it once or twice and just…give up?  No denying it, making gravy of any kind can be a little frightening the first time or two around.  It does get easier though the more you make it.  I hope you’ll give our recipe for Sausage Gravy a try real soon.  I’d love to hear all about your gravy making experiences.  Have you overcome the “lumps” by now?  Please take a moment or two while you’re here and share some comments and memories with me.  Just remember, all of our comments are moderated.  That means, I read each and every one of them before they are approved for appearing on Taste of Southern.  I also try to reply to as many of your comments as possible so be sure to come back again and check out my response.

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Steve

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  1. jeff says:

    one of my favorite sausage and gravy recipes i have used. as long as you don’t get in a hurry it is very easy to make. thank you for the help

  2. Yvonne says:

    Well, hubby says for a first attempt it went pretty well. It was too thick but by reviewing the pics I see my pan was too hot. Gotta try it again!

  3. Yvonne says:

    Ack! Have NEVER made gravy from scratch. Will be trying this for my hubby tomorrow morning….wish me luck!

  4. krystal says:

    Hi Steve,
    First off, I want to say I’m very new at any dough making recipes. My mother never made things from scratch if it had flour. But everything else was always so good! I have been trying different recipes and brands of ingredients. And I never can get my dough to rise. I’m assuming I’m overworking my dough. But I’m always afraid of not mixing it enough. I grew up in Alabama and everyone knows how to make buttermilk biscuits. So naturally coming to New York, I want everyone to taste some rich southern food. I will try this recipe again and see how I do. My biscuits came out tough and the dough wasn’t cooked good inside.. Let’s see how it comes out next time.

  5. Suzan Stroup says:

    This is the same way I have been making sausage gravy since my Grandmother taught me on her old wood stove in the mountains of Tennessee when I was 7 years old except we always used canned evaporated milk for a richer flavor and a couple good shakes of Texas Pete hot sauce to spiced it up a bit!

  6. Justin says:

    I have tried just about every store bought mix or pre-made gravy brands and none of them taste one bit good. I have also made the sausage gravy at home three times with it just not hitting the right southern taste bud. Most recipes are the same, but what I liked about your recipe was the whole article on the process of making the sausage gravy. I will be trying this recipe and process tomorrow morning, so I hope I can make my forth time hit the southern taste bud. By the way I was born in Texas and grew up from there to Alabama, but am in Colorado now and they just put green chili on everything.

  7. Ben says:

    Thanks for posting this! I love the pictures because they show where I have been going wrong all this time! Finally, success!

  8. Joanne Toole says:

    Your recipe looks so good and presented so well. Want to make sausage gravy for breakfast while on vacation in the Smoky’s and glad I found your recipe. I grew up going to my grandfather’s home in Tennessee every summer and we would have meat he smoked along with red eye (when small I called pig juice) and white gravy in the morning, fresh biscuits, fried potatoes, eggs, etc. Needless to say I gained some weight on those vacations.
    Thanks again.

  9. Nicole says:

    This looks sooooo good. I have always used those little mixes you can buy at the store for my gravy but I don’t think I’ll need them anymore with this recipe. Next time I go shopping, I’ll pick up some sausage and set out to make it. Thanks for posting this! :D

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Nicole, I’m glad you found the Sausage Gravy recipe and I do hope you’ll like it. You’ll find it’s really easy to make and you can flavor it up to your own personal tastes. Let me know how it turns out. Thanks again for all your comments, I’ll be looking to hear from you again. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  10. Mary says:

    Thank you! Good gravy from scratch has always been a mystery to me. Most southern cooks add “a little of this and a little of that” and stir. Thank you for teaching. I made your sausage gravy this morning and it was fabulous. Everyone loved it…even those who didn’t like biscuits and gravy like it now!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Mary, Thank YOU for your comments. I’m happy to hear you tried the Sausage Gravy Recipe and that you and your family enjoyed it. That’s always good to hear.

      It’s my pleasure to share the recipes and I do hope you might try some of our other ones as well. Be sure to let me know if you do. I appreciate your visit and hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  11. Shannon says:

    Perfect timing for you to repost this. My husband asked a few days ago if I knew how to make this and I don’t. Remembered today to see how involved it is and I think I’ll give it a try this coming weekend. As far as the black pepper specks goes, if I ever see sausage gravy without the black specks I get disappointed. It just doesn’t look right. ;)

    • Shannon says:

      Also a quick question, we usually use skim milk in our household. Would that create problems in making this?

      • Steve Gordon says:

        Hi Shannon, I really don’t think you’ll notice much difference by using skim milk. It might not be as rich, but it should still have a good flavor. Thanks again. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Shannon, I’m thankful you found our website and I do hope you had the chance to make the Sausage Gravy. I’ll be waiting to hear how it turned out and whether you liked it or not. Let me know! I do hope you’ll try some of our other recipes and that you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Shannon says:

        I did try it this weekend and it was delicious. I ended up using 2% milk based on recommendations of friends on facebook. I also shared it with a friend of mine and she loved it. I will definitely be making it again. Haven’t checked out any other recipes yet, but I definitely will.

        • Steve Gordon says:

          Hi Shannon, I’m happy to hear you liked the Sausage Gravy. Now, you might want to check out our recipe for making Mama’s Buttermilk Biscuits to go along with it next time. Thank you again for sharing your comments and results. I appreciate it, and I hope you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  12. Deb says:

    Hi Steve, It certainly seems so simple when you do it! I don’t think I’ve ever tried making gravy even though I grew up with biscuits and red-eye gravy every Christmas morning. I definitely have some good memories of sopping gravy!

    I will definitely have to try this sausage gravy. I appreciate the step-by-step process – you’ve made it look delicious! Thank you!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Deb, I do hope you’ll make up a big old batch of the Sausage Gravy, I think you’ll really like it. Red-eye gravy is next, I think, right after the Giblet Gravy. I really appreciate your visits and enjoy the posts on your website as well.

      I hope some of our readers will check out your site at: http://www.girottifamily.typepad.com. I enjoyed the Potato Masher Basket article. I have a couple of the mashers myself. Thank you for stopping by and I do hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  13. jacquie says:

    I love your recipes and the stories that go with them!! This sausage and gravy recipe was delicious and very easy to follow. Thank you!!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Jacquie, Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad you tried the recipe and that you enjoyed the Sausage Gravy. I hope you’ll try out some of our other recipes as well. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments, stop by for another visit real soon… OK? Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  14. cathy mashburn says:

    This looks so good, can’t wait to try it !! Love this website !!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Cathy, I do hope you’ll give it a try and, be sure to come back and let me know how it turns out for you. I could eat Sausage Gravy and Biscuits about every day. Thank you for your comments, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to leave them. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit again real soon. Be Blessed!!! –Steve

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