We don’t live on baked goods alone, but apparently baking has a new fascination. People who have never made bread before are trying it, putting packaged yeast in the endangered column. Cinnamon rolls, banana bread, even hot cross buns have all crossed my feed from everyday cooks.
Perhaps it’s a primordial need for carbs, and bread feels more virtuous than baking cookies. However, not everyone has the baking gene, and the desire for something comforting and yeasty doesn’t necessarily have to be fulfilled with hours spent waiting for something to rise before baking.
Enter biscuits and gravy. My grandmother can be credited (or blamed) with my love for this dish. She’d roll out fresh biscuits, fry up the sausage, and use the remaining grease to make the most delectable gravy my childhood heart could imagine. She’d bring it all to the table with flour smudged up her forearms and, often, in her hair. The smell throughout the house was tantalizing, and just the memory makes me salivate just a little.
Last year we had a big family event where 16 of us ended up in one house, sharing the cooking and clean up and having a wonderful time, with other family members nearby. At one point I suggested biscuits and gravy, and the next thing I knew we had 26 coming for breakfast. I took the shortcut of open-and-bake biscuits, but did the quick gravy from scratch—and the method below shortens it even more. In our theme of supporting local restaurants while still cooking, try this out on your carb-craving family.
Shortcut Biscuits & Gravy
Sure, you can make biscuits from scratch, or pop open a can (which is my usual go-to shortcut). However, times like these call for a quick drive through your favorite biscuit breakfast place. The easiest thing to do is drive-thru a Brahm’s, if you have one in your area. Trust me, we’ve tested a huge sample of biscuits and gravy, and while Another Broken Egg Café has the best, Brahm’s is a good back up found in more places.
For biscuits alone, though we tend to favor Hardee’s biscuits, but you may have other great choices in your town. If you aren’t going to take the easiest road and just pick up the full meal, the following is about as easy as we can make it!
Step 1: Send someone to pick up the hot biscuits, as many as you need (and don’t fear the leftovers). If they don’t sell the biscuits by themselves, ask for them deconstructed. OR, pop open and bake a tube of Grands.
Step 2: Meanwhile, fry up one tube of Jimmy Dean regular/mild sausage in a frying pan.
Step 3: Add ¼ cup flour to the cooked sausage.
Step 4: Add 2 ½ cups whole milk and stir quickly.
Step 5: Add a little salt and a LOT of black pepper.
Step 6: Serve with coffee and juice. Leftovers, if any, microwave just fine.
Ingredients needed from your pantry (or the grocery store):
- Grands Homestyle biscuits (if baking at home)
- Jimmy Dean sausage
- Salt and pepper
- Choice of juice
As always, be sure to plan ahead and limit your trips to the grocery store, and be safe out there!