How to Make Sawmill Gravy

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Few hot breakfasts are as satisfying as sausage gravy and biscuits. Sawmill gravy is the simplest sausage gravy recipe that exists. It is quick, simple to make and very flavorful. Top a plate of warm biscuits with sawmill gravy for a breakfast treat that will satisfy just about anyone.

How to Make Sawmill Gravy
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Things You'll Need

  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage
  • Approximately 1/4 cup flour
  • Approximately 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper
Step 1

Brown 1 lb. sausage in a skillet. Break the sausage apart as much as possible as it cooks. Remove from heat, and scoop out the larger chunks of sausage to drain separately. Leave the small, harder-to-remove pieces of sausage in the skillet along with the fat.

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Step 2

Gradually whisk flour into the fat. The flour will congeal and become lumpy. For a small batch of gravy, you will only need about 1/4 cup flour.

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Step 3

Return the skillet to medium heat, and whisk milk into the flour mixture until it makes a thick paste. Continue to add more milk until the mixture thins to the desired gravy consistency; usually this requires 1 to 2 cups milk. At this stage, you can continue to add flour and then milk to make more gravy. Two percent milk works fine, but the higher the fat content of the milk, the richer the gravy.

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Step 4

Add salt and pepper to taste to the gravy, as well as any additional flavors or seasonings desired. Popular additions include Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper. Continue to whisk the gravy so it does not stick.

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Step 5

Return the larger sausage chunks to the gravy, and stir. Once the gravy has been thoroughly mixed and warmed, serve over biscuits.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with flavor additives to make the gravy your own.

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