Biscuits and gravy were introduced to me when I moved to St. Joseph, Missouri in 1975 and they’ve been a favorite breakfast in our house since. My husband, Karl, made biscuits and gravy, with scrambled eggs, and sausage almost every weekend while the girls were young.
Biscuits were made from scratch, Bisquick mix, or even refrigerated buttermilk biscuits. The gravy, however, was always made from scratch and the flour browned to just the right shade of perfection before adding the milk and watching the bubbly goodness thicken to our perfect gravy thickness. A cast iron skillet was always the cooking vessel of choice.
Daughter, Megan, stayed with me for a few days while her hardwood floors were being refinished and she wanted to make biscuits and gravy. We tried a new drop biscuit recipe that we liked but she made the gravy the old fashioned way.
I love a little sweet with my savory so for my breakfast dessert, one biscuit with honey. MMMM…
What a wonderful walk down memory lane and the chance to revisit family tradition.
DADDY’S DELICIOUS BAKING POWDER DROP BISCUITS
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425º.
- Combine all dry ingredients.
- Blend in the warm butter.
- Slowly add the milk to the mixture until the dough holds together.
- Use two spoons to drop evenly sized biscuits on ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned.
OLD FASHIONED SAUSAGE GRAVY
1 lb. bulk breakfast sausage
1/3 cup flour
3-4 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare biscuits and keep warm.
- Cook sausage patties in a large skillet, preferably cast iron. Set cooked sausage patties aside and keep warm.
- Add flour to sausage drippings and let brown (watch carefully or it will burn). Once flour is brown, add milk, salt and pepper and let gravy bubble until it thickens. This may take about 10 minutes. If the gravy becomes too thick, add milk to gain desired thickness.
- Optional: Add some crumbled cooked sausage into gravy.
- Serve hot with biscuits, sausage patties and eggs of your choice.