Downhome Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

There are certain tastes that bring back memories for me.  Biscuits and Gravy is one.  Not because my mom made it or my grandma.  Nope, neither of them.  B's & G's evoke memories of going to Grimm's Truck Stop in Morton, IL after a football game or a Saturday night out.  It was my favorite thing to get there.  Grimm's is not longer standing, but the taste lives on!

Sometimes I make my own biscuits.  This time, it was your basic Pillsbury Grands flakey biscuits, and they were just fine.  I bake them on my well loved stone (it's about 15 years old, in case you can't tell by how black it is!).  Here's the greatest trick to baking on a stone...put it in the oven while the oven heats up.  When the pre-heating is done, put the biscuits on the hot stone.  They bake beautifully even!

First, get together your ingredients for the sausage gravy.
  • 12 oz Pork Sausage
  • 2 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Milk (2% or greater...skim doesn't work as well)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter (only if you don't have enough grease from the sausage)

So, I pre-heat the oven (with the stone in) while I'm cooking the sausage in a deep skillet.  You want your sausage to be nice and crumbly.  While you are frying it, either mash it with a fork or use a potato masher to make it extra crumbly.  When the sausage is cooked, place it in a bowl and keep the grease to make your roux for the gravy.  If you don't have enough grease, add 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet.

Heat your skillet (make sure your skillet is deep enough for the gravy) over medium-high heat.  Add the sausage and break up with a fork, potato masher or wooden spoon.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned and cooked through, about 7 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, and transfer the sausage to a plate and set aside.

Sprinkle the flour into the skillet (you should have 2-3 Tablespoons of grease.  If you don't, add butter and allowe it to melt before adding the flour) and whisk for about 1 minute to combine the flour with the grease until no lumps show.  Continue whisking while slowly adding the milk.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 2-3 minutes as the gravy thickens.

Salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in you browned sausage and serve immediately over split biscuits.

(If you put the biscuits in the oven just before you start the gravy, they will finish at about the time your gravy is thickening.  The biscuits take about 8 minutes...the gravy about 9.)

Yummm.  Just like mama Grimm's Truck Stop used to make!  Enjoy!

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