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Cream Biscuits and White Sausage Gravy are the ULTIMATE Southern comfort breakfast! Top fluffy, buttery biscuits with a creamy white sausage gravy to create the perfect weekend meal. Makes 15 biscuits.
Oh, you’re looking for a decadent breakfast to cook for family and friends?
Look no further than this recipe, y’all.
Cream Biscuits and White Sausage Gravy are the ultimate Southern breakfast, and I cannot think of a diner in the South that doesn’t carry this classic dish.
These beauties are a Southern breakfast staple and are absolutely delicious, decadent and kind of ridiculous. And if you’re going to make this dish, please don’t try to cut calories and use low fat sausage.
Why, you ask?
Because once upon a time, I tried to do just that… and it was not a good idea. The gravy was bland. The biscuits were, too.
So please, learn from my mistakes because I can think of few things that are sadder than bad biscuits and gravy.
If you’re whipping up this brunch favorite, dedicate yourself to going all out in the making of it and follow the principle I’ve learned in recent years: Moderation.
Other breakfast dishes we love: Vegan Coconut Oil Southern-Style Biscuits / Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Egg / Mashed Potato Chorizo Breakfast Tacos / Boudin Breakfast Sandwiches / Sweet Breakfast Crepes
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How to Make Classic Southern Cream Biscuits and Gravy
Make the Biscuits
First and foremost, preheat the oven and line your baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. This step is super important so your beautiful biscuits don’t stick to the baking sheet.
Next, you’ll whisk flour, salt and baking powder together to make a homemade self-rising flour. These are the only ingredients you’ll need, other than cream, for your biscuits. Hooray!
Create a well in the dry ingredients by pushing them up against the sides of the bowl. You’ll pour the cream into this well, and stir it gently, incorporating it into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula.
You’ll mix the ingredients juuuuuust until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Be careful not to overmix your dough, as this will affect its rise in the oven!
If the mixture is too dry? Add the reserved heavy whipping cream to it incrementally. I suggest by the tablespoon because this ensures that the mixture doesn’t get too wet.
Sprinkle a flat surface with flour, and turn out the dough onto it. Add additional flour to the top of the dough before folding the dough in half using your hands. Pat it into a 1/2″ thick round.
You can always sprinkle more flour on the dough so it doesn’t stick.
Make The Gravy
As the biscuits bake, make your gravy. (Also, please note what I said above and don’t skimp on the fat here. It’s integral. And it’s oh-so-decadent and amazing.)
Brown the sausage in a medium-sized saucepan, then remove from the pan. Leave the grease behind and add butter.
Once the butter has melted, sprinkle in the flour. Use a wooden spoon to mix it into the fat. This is a roux and will thicken your gravy! Stir it constantly until the mixture browns slightly.
Lower the heat and whisk in the milk and heavy cream. Cook until thick, and keep an eye on this mixture–you don’t want to scald the dairy products!
Season the gravy with black pepper, and add back in the sausage.
Simmer for 10-15 minutes, then serve over the homemade biscuits.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make healthier biscuits and gravy?
This recipe is not a low calorie dish, and it doesn’t taste the same if you try to cut out fat. Simply put, using milk in the biscuits or low fat sausage in the gravy will make this dish a sad, flavorless rendition of itself.
The flavors are nowhere near as good, and the recipe will not turn out as intended. (I would know.)
After years of doing it wrong, I have learned that biscuits and gravy are all about moderation–loading up one biscuit (instead of the original three I was eyeing) with just enough gravy, then savoring those flavors throughout breakfast and not going back for seconds or thirds.
Keep this mindset because nobody wants to be a Biscuits and Gravy zombie after they’ve just eaten half a pan of both… (Trust, y’all.)
Can I use heavy cream in the sausage gravy?
If that’s your thing, knock yourself out!
I generally use whole milk in the gravy, but if you want to add the heavy cream, DO IT and savor every bite!
Would you consider this gravy to be a sawmill gravy?
Eeeeeeeeeh. I’m not 100% sure, to be honest with you. I’d classify this as a sausage or a meaty cream gravy, BUT let’s talk history for a moment.
Sawmill gravy (or saw mill gravy, I’ve seen it spelled both ways) is a traditional gravy made from milk or cream with meat drippings and flour. It originated in logging camps, where cooks fed hundreds of men daily and were always making for hearty food to fuel the lumberjacks. Since they worked at a saw mill, the name is a nod to the workplace.
Saw mill gravy was thickened with cornmeal (instead of flour) and was thick and lumpy. The lumberjacks would say the cooks were using sawdust instead of cornmeal to thicken the gravy, hence the name.
Cream gravy starts with a roux (like this one!) The roux includes both meat drippings and flour before milk is added and thickened. Once the gravy is nice and thick, seasonings (and occasionally meat) are added, too. You might also see it listed as country gravy or white gravy.
What else can I use this creamy gravy on?
If you’re into chicken fried steak, this would be brilliant on it!
You could also serve it on top of Sweet Tea Oven Fried Chicken for some extra flavor, too.
Tips and Tricks to making the BEST Southern Biscuits and Gravy
- This biscuit cutter is my favorite to use when for biscuits. If you don’t have one, use a drinking glass and a paring knife to cut out the biscuits.
- Biscuits can be made 1-2 days in advance and toasted in the toaster oven to warm before serving.
- The gravy is best when served immediately. Can’t make it the day of your brunch? It can be reheated in the microwave. Add milk to thin it out thicken when refrigerated. (Unsure how to host brunch? I wrote a handy guide about How to Host Brunch at Home just for you!)
What are some breakfast and brunch dishes I can pair with these biscuits?
- Brunch Salad
- Southern Champagne
- Sage Browned Butter Homemade Home Fries
- Bloody Mary (or a BBQ Bloody Mary or a Bloody Maria)
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Cream Biscuits and White Sausage Gravy are the ULTIMATE Southern comfort breakfast! Top fluffy, buttery biscuits with a creamy white sausage gravy to create the perfect weekend meal. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, these Cream Biscuits with White Sausage Gravy are the ideal breakfast or brunch food if you're looking for something savory, decadent and utterly delicious.
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream
- Unsalted butter, for finishing
White Sausage Gravy
- 16 oz. breakfast sausage (full fat)
- 2 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 ¼ cups skim milk
- ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- Hot sauce (to taste, if you're into that kind of thing)
Make the Biscuits
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together until combined. This is homemade self-rising flour and is all you need, other than cream, to make the biscuits.
- Push the dry ingredients up against the sides of the bowl to form a hole for the heavy whipping cream to be poured into. Pour a CUP of the heavy whipping cream in, and stir with a rubber spatula in circular motions to pull the flour into the cream. Mix until the dough begins to pull away from the bowl. (If the mixture still has lots of flour remaining, pour in the reserved 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream in tablespoon by tablespoon until all the flour has been incorporated into the dough. You don’t want your dough to be too wet, so it's important to do incrementally. Also, please try not to overmix your dough.)
- Sprinkle a board or another clean, flat surface with flour. Turn the dough out onto the board and sprinkle with additional flour. Using floured hands, fold the dough in half, then pat into a 1/2″ thick round. (If necessary, sprinkle more flour into the dough because you don't want it to stick to the surface. If using additional flour, fold the dough in half again and reform another round.)
- Cut out the biscuits using a biscuit cutter or a drinking glass. Start at the outside edge and cut them close together, being careful not to twist the cutter. Transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking sheet. (Use the scraps to pull together another round for more biscuits, though these will be less fluffy.)
- Transfer the baking sheet into the preheated oven, and bake the biscuits for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and lightly brush with butter. Turn the biscuits out on a plate or a cooling rack, then serve warm!
Make the Gravy
- While the biscuits are cooking, make your gravy!
- In a medium-sized saucepan, brown the sausage over medium-high heat.
- Once the sausage has cooked through, remove from the pan while leaving the grease, and add the butter.
- After the butter is melted and combined with the sausage fat, sprinkle in the flour, mixing the fat and flour together to create a roux. Stir constantly until light brown.
- Lower the heat to medium-low, and whisk in the milk and heavy whipping cream. Cook until thickened. (Do this slowly so you don't scald the dairy products!)
- Season the gravy with black pepper, then add back in the sausage.
- Simmer for 12-15 minutes, then enjoy warm over homemade biscuits.
Biscuit recipe adapted from Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart.
The biscuits can be doubled or tripled easily.
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Serving Size:biscuit with 1/8 of gravy made
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299 Saturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 71mg Sodium: 375mg Carbohydrates: 17g Sugar: 1g Protein: 8g
Have you ever tried this decadent Southern breakfast?
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The photos and recipe for these Cream Biscuits and White Sausage Gravy were originally published on January 8, 2014. The photographs, along with the text of this blog post, were updated on March 22, 2018. The post was republished on April 11, 2018.