When a birthday comes to our house, the birthday boy or girl gets to choose their favorite dinner. Recently, it was Miss Calamity's special day. Being the consummate cowgirl, her dinner of choice was Sausage Gravy and Biscuits.
I didn't grow up making biscuits and gravy, but it was always a favorite on the rare occasions that we went out for breakfast. I could tell the difference between the "real thing" and the canned goop from a mile away. Try as I might, I could never figure out how to make good ol' fashioned sausage gravy. I tried the little packets of sausage gravy mix in the spice aisle - eeww, yuck! And then, one day, I happened to be at a friends house while she was making dinner. She was making hamburger gravy, and I had never seen anything like it. She browned the meat, added some butter, tossed a little flour over the top, stirred it in, added milk and walah - perfect hamburger gravy. Inspired, I decided to try my own little experiment, but with sausage rather than hamburger. It was an instant success! I did make a change or two. Instead of draining the grease, I left it in (for that great sausage flavor) and also added some butter. The results are consistently fabulous.
Here is our Miss Calamity's birthday dinner.....
|Brown the sausage over medium|
(or over a "slow" woodbox)
|Add butter (about 1 cube per pound of sausage)|
|Sprinkle liberally with flour (I used about 3/4 Cup)|
|Stir the flour in (it will be quite thick and pasty)|
|Add milk (I used about 2 1/2 cups - |
and then added more as it thickened)
|Salt and Pepper to taste|
|Add some fried potatoes (in cast iron - of course)|
|Miss Calamity's Birthday Dinner!|