Biscuits and Gravy

By Jeri Mobley-Arias
September 12, 2023 | Updated on September 12, 2023

Homemade biscuits and gravy are made with flaky buttermilk biscuits smothered in an herbaceous sausage gravy made from scratch. Serve this flavorful dish as a hearty breakfast on holiday mornings with the family.

Craving biscuits? Check out more biscuit recipes like these easy Buttermilk Biscuits, Buttery Drop Biscuits or Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

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Biscuits and gravy is a simple indulgence and a popular Southern treat. Savory sausage crumbles are the base of the homemade gravy that’s later drenched over buttermilk biscuits. Once you master this easy biscuits and gravy recipe, you’ll make it all the time!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Ultimate Comfort Food – This rich, creamy gravy is enhanced with fresh herbs and tender sausage. Pair it with warm biscuits for a cozy, and super-filling meal.
  • Great For Holiday Meals – Whether it’s Christmas morning or the day after Thanksgiving, biscuits and gravy are an instant classic and a family favorite.
  • Easy to Make – Whip up this sausage gravy in just 10 minutes as the perfect finishing touch for this Buttermilk Biscuits recipe.
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Tools You’ll Need

Ingredients You Will Need for Biscuits and Gravy

Prepare homemade sausage gravy with pantry staples.

  • Buttermilk Biscuits These buttery flaky biscuits made from scratch are easy to make. They are a sturdy base to sop up the delicious gravy.
  • Breakfast pork sausage – This savory protein is the main source of flavor for the gravy.
  • Fresh thyme – This fresh herb has sweet, minty notes that complement the sausage.
  • Fresh garlic cloves – Minced.
  • Dried sage – The dried herb has an earthy, peppery taste.
  • All-purpose flour – Use this to thicken the gravy and add more body.
  • Spices & Seasonings – Season well with freshly cracked black pepper, nutmeg (preferably freshly grated), kosher salt (Diamond Crystal), and cayenne pepper for a kick of spice.
  • Whole milk – This enriches the gravy so it has a velvety texture.
  • Shallot – Finely chopped.
  • Worcestershire sauce – This adds a mouthwatering umami flavor.

How To Make Biscuits and Gravy

Seasoned, cooked sausage is the foundation of this gravy so it’s super flavorful.

  1. Add 1 tablespoon avocado oil to a pan over medium heat. Add breakfast sausage and cook until browned, making sure to break up any large pieces into smaller pieces.
  2. Add shallot and garlic to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes. Add the thyme and sage and cook for another minute.
crumbled sausage, garlic, shallots, and herbs in a pan

3. Stir the flour into the sausage mixture and cook for 1 minute, keeping a continuous stir.

4. Add milk and continue stirring. Once the mixture comes to a simmer, lower heat to medium low and cook for 6 minutes, until thickened, stirring often.

sausage gravy in a skillet

5. Add the black pepper, nutmeg, and kosher salt. Stir to combine. Then adjust seasoning with black pepper and salt, if necessary.

6. Halve the biscuits and score the rounds. Finally, top with sausage gravy and serve with a fresh crack of black pepper.

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Tips and Tricks

  • Have the biscuits ready to serve before you make the gravy. Because the sausage gravy takes less than 15 minutes, have the biscuits either in the oven or already made. That way, the gravy can be served immediately.
  • Cook the flour for at least one minute. Otherwise, the flour mixture will have an unpleasant raw flour taste.
  • Once you add the milk, continuously stir so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.
close up view of biscuits and gravy on a plate

Variations

  • Meat – You can use turkey sausage or bacon as alternatives.
  • Storebought Biscuits – Need to save time? Skip the homemade biscuits and use your favorite premade brand instead.

Storage

Store leftover biscuits and gravy, separately in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, warm up the leftover gravy on the stove over medium high heat. You may need to add a little milk and stir to loosen up the mixture.

plated buttermilk biscuits

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the gravy in biscuits and gravy made of?

Make country gravy with pork sausage, herbs, garlic, shallots, flour, milk, and seasonings like salt and pepper. Additions may include ingredients like cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and Worcestershire sauce.

What goes with biscuits and gravy for breakfast?

Although biscuits and gravy are filling on their own, try them with a variety of common breakfast items including scrambled eggs, home fries, grits, or even fresh fruit.

Are biscuits and gravy a Southern thing?

Absolutely! Biscuits and gravy have origins in the Southern United States and are a staple in Southern cuisine. The classic dish is made with white gravy, also known as sawmill gravy, which is enhanced with bacon grease or sausage drippings.

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Biscuits and Gravy

Homemade biscuits and gravy are made with flaky buttermilk biscuits smothered in an herbaceous sausage gravy made from scratch. Serve this flavorful dish as a hearty breakfast on holiday mornings with the family.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Jeri Mobley-Arias
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Large Pan

Ingredients

  • 6 Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 1 pound breakfast pork sausage
  • tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage, or to taste
  • tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
  • Kosher salt, to taste, Diamond Crystal
  • cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup shallot, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoons worchestershire sauce
  • teaspoon cayenne,

Instructions

  • Add 1 tablespoon avocado oil to a pan over medium heat. Add breakfast sausage and cook until browned, making sure to break up any large pieces into smaller pieces.
  • Add shallot and garlic to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes. Add the thyme and sage and cook for another minute.
  • Stir the flour into the sausage mixture and cook for 1 minute, keeping a continuous stir.
  • Add milk and continue stirring. Once the mixture comes to a simmer, lower heat to medium low and cook for 6 minutes, until thickened, stirring often.
  • Add the black pepper, nutmeg, and kosher salt. Stir to combine. Adjust seasoning with black pepper and salt, if necessary.
  • Halve the biscuits and score the rounds. Top with sausage gravy and serve with a fresh crack of black pepper.
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