Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

December 14: National Biscuits and Gravy Day

May 14 marks National Buttermilk Biscuits Day. Seven months later, it’s National Biscuits and Gravy Day. When we make buttermilk biscuits, we usually eat them with butter or fruit spreads. This time we smothered them with a creamy white pork sausage gravy for a filling weekend breakfast/brunch. Buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy are popular where we live in Texas and is a quintessential Southern staple because of their down home deliciousness. Make them for breakfast or brunch and especially on National Biscuits and Gravy Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Food Network)

  • buttermilk biscuits (homemade or canned)
  • 1 pound pork sausage (we used Jimmy Dean brand regular sausage)
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3+ cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

While baking the buttermilk biscuits, crumble pork sausage into a skillet. Cook over medium high heat until the meat is no longer pink. Gradually mix in the flour. Lower the heat to medium low and pour in two cups of milk.

Keep stirring until thickened then add another cup of milk (at least five minutes). For a thinner gravy, pour another cup of milk and keep stirring. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with warm buttermilk biscuits.

 

Sausage-Cheese Spirals

Sausage-Cheese Spirals

October: National Sausage Month

Islander is SO not a morning person! When she and Highlander have overnight guests, she warns them not to expect anything fancy for their first meal the next day. But Highlander gets up early and makes coffee and sets the table with fruit and juice. The night before, if Islander baked a breakfast casserole (French toast), bacon-cheddar-scallion scones or sausage-cheese spirals, then he just reheats them in the oven so everyone can have a hot meal (otherwise, cold pastries or cereals will have to suffice).

Sausage-cheese spirals may be one of our breakfast menu items but they also make a good afternoon snack during National Sausage Month.

Recipe

(Adapted from Cooking Light Quick Baking magazine)

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces breakfast sausage (we used Jimmy Dean brand pork sausage)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 can (11 ounces) refrigerated French bread dough
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

In a skillet, crumble the sausage and cook until brown. Drain off any fat and let cool. Season with chopped sage and salt. Shred the Gruyere cheese.

Sausage-Cheese Spirals

On a clean, floured surface, unroll the French bread dough. Flatten with a rolling pin, cutting the dough and pressing the seams together if necessary, until it is a 13×8-inch rectangle. Leaving half an inch on all sides, brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle the sausage mixture.

Sausage-Cheese Spirals

Top with shredded Gruyere cheese. Carefully roll the long side and pinch the seams to seal well. With a sharp knife, slice into spirals and discard the ends of the dough. Place onto a foil-lined baking sheet generously misted with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes until brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving tray. Serve hot.

Sausage-Cheese Spirals

Notes

  • Cooking Light named this recipe “Savory Sausage Breakfast Rolls” but they look more like spirals instead of bread-buns.
  • While this recipe was good, puff pastry would have been tastier than the French bread dough.
  • Make these sausage-cheese spirals during National Hot Breakfast Month in February and National Breakfast Month in September.