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Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

Our easy homemade Biscuits and Gravy Recipe is true to the classic Southern breakfast of creamy sausage gravy over flaky, buttery biscuits. It’s simple to make and so satisfying.

This hearty dish is a staple meal in the South that has become part of Southern cuisine, similar to Banana Pudding, Shrimp Boil, and Mississippi Pot Roast. While everyone says their Grandma made it best, there’s one thing we can all agree on: it makes for one delicious start to your day.

Close up of homemade biscuits and gravy on a plate with a fork

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Homemade Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

We don’t go out to eat for breakfast often, but when we do, I love to order biscuits and gravy – it’s the ultimate breakfast comfort food, but now I make them even better at home! 

This Biscuits and Gravy recipe, sometimes called Sawmill Gravy, uses flour, butter, milk, and sausage, staple ingredients found inexpensively at your local grocery. Here are more reasons why we love it:

  • Simple to make so it’s perfect for beginner and seasoned chefs alike
  • Crowd-pleasing recipe is loved by adults and kids
  • Has a short list of ingredients
  • Easy to make ahead for a quick meal
  • Filling enough for breakfast or dinner
  • Easy to adjust the recipe to fit your tastes 
Souther white sauce with pork crumbles in a pan with a wooden spoon

Classic Country Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Homemade biscuits are easy to make and are amazing when freshly baked— warm and flaky just out of the oven. Using our Homemade Biscuits recipe, you can make the dough the night before, and bake the biscuits while you make the sausage gravy for a quick 15-minute meal.

To make the dough, you’ll need a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour or pulse together in a food processor. Once the ingredients are together, be careful not to over-mix.

Pro Tip

For the best Biscuits: make sure your butter and half and half are very cold. You can make half and half by combining equal parts of milk and heavy cream. I recognize that measurement is an odd duck, but it works. I’ve dialed it in so if you measure your ingredients correctly, they will be perfect every time!

Ingredients

Our classic Biscuits and Gravy recipe stays true to basic tried-and-true dishes using these simple, inexpensive ingredients:

  • Homemade Biscuit Recipe – these are easier than you think and hands-down the best way to make this recipe, but the canned biscuits or mixes like Bisquick can work in a pinch
  • Butter – unsalted helps you control the salt to your liking. Butter keeps the sausage from sticking and adds richness to the gravy 
  • Sausage – Sausage brands can vary a ton from sweet to spicy, so start with your favorite breakfast sausage and it’s ok to experiment with different varieties. They usually come in a rolled package, like Bob Evans’ brand.
  • Flour – all-purpose flour thickens the sauce 
  • Milk – low fat or whole milk will give the best texture
  • Sea salt and pepper – just these two seasonings flavor the gravy perfectly. Taste and season to your liking
  • Red Pepper Flakes – optional for those who like a touch of heat.

Did you know…

The difference between Country gravy and Sausage gravy is the source of fat used to make the gravy. Country gravy uses butter to make the roux, similar to how we make our Chicken Pot Pie, while sausage gravy uses the fat rendered from cooking the meat to make the gravy.

Ingredients for a Southern Breakfast staple including ground pork, salt, pepper, butter, flour, crushed red pepper and milk

Substitutions

Centuries of cooks have added their own tweaks to the classic recipe that dates back to the late 1800’s. Here are some of the variations that may inspire your adventurous side:

  • Sausage – Hot, mild, or maple sausages are favorites. We’ve heard of cooks using ground beef, bacon, and even chorizo!
  • Spices – Sage is a favorite spice to add. Also Thyme, rosemary, cayenne, or creole seasoning. Add to the cooked sausage before adding the flour and milk
  • Vegetables – jalapeños add heat; mushrooms and caramelized onions can add earthy depth to the gravy right before serving.

How to Make Biscuits and Gravy

See how easy it is to put this homemade biscuits and sausage gravy recipe on the table for your next breakfast gathering.

  • Make the biscuits. Make the biscuit dough and bake according to our easy homemade Biscuits Recipe. While the biscuits bake, start the gravy.
  • Melt butter in the cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and cook sausage. When just cooked through, reduce heat to medium, and sprinkle flour over the cooked meat. Then stir constantly for 3 minutes or until the flour smell is gone.
  • Slowly add milk while stirring occasionally. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using).
  • Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for about 5 minutes or until the sauce has become thick and creamy, and then season again if needed.
  • Serve the gravy over a split biscuit–yum!
Step-by-step directions on how to make Southern Sawmill white sauce with homemade bread

Pro Tip:

To make the best gravy, be sure the flour smell has disappeared before adding the milk to remove the pasty taste. The flour should be lightly browned. Also, do not drain the sausage fat after cooking, because the fat helps to make the gravy roux.

How to Serve Biscuits and Gravy

To serve our homemade biscuits and gravy, split the cooled biscuit in half and spoon the sausage gravy over the top. It’s traditionally served for breakfast alongside other breakfast foods, but it is also delicious for dinner. Here are a few of our favorite sides:

Make-Ahead

Make the gravy and biscuit dough the night before. Then in the morning, it’s simple to reheat the gravy while the biscuits cook.

  • To Refrigerate: Wrap the biscuit dough in plastic wrap to keep overnight. Let the gravy cool completely and then refrigerate in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
  • Freezing: After completely cooled, freeze the gravy for 3-5 months.
  • To Reheat: Let the gravy thaw in the fridge overnight. Then slowly reheat on the stove on low stirring occasionally. Add a splash of milk to thin.

Pro Tip

Serve the gravy warm, because it will get thicker as it cools. For feeding a crowd, leave it covered on the stove in the warm or low setting, but if it gets too thick, simply add a bit of milk to thin.

Easy Sausage gravy and biscuits breakfast served on blue plates

This Southern Biscuits and Gravy recipe is a hearty, comfort food that’s quick and easy to make. You’ll love the flaky homemade biscuits smothered in the rich gravy, so don’t wait to try this breakfast dish!

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Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

4.93 from 14 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
homemade Biscuits and Gravy recipe served on a white plate
Our homemade Biscuits and Gravy Recipe is an easy-to-make classic Southern breakfast of creamy sausage gravy over warm buttery biscuits. It's a quick and filling meal you will love.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 people

For the Biscuits:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder, (aluminum-free)
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt, (we use fine sea salt)
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, (8 Tbsp)
  • 1 cup cold half and half, less 2 Tbsp*
  • 1/2 Tbsp melted butter, to brush the baked biscuits

For the Sausage Gravy

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage, casings removed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk, low fat or whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  • Make your biscuit dough and bake according to our Biscuits Recipe. While the biscuits are baking, make the sausage gravy so they are ready at the same time.
  • Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a large heavy skillet or cast iron pan over medium-high heat and add sausage. Sauté, breaking it up with a spatula until just cooked through (5 min). Reduce heat to medium, sprinkle flour over the top and stir constantly for 3 minutes.
  • Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, if using.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened up nicely into a rich and creamy sauce (about 5 minutes). To thin the sauce, add a little more milk. Season to taste at the end if needed.
  • Break or cut biscuits in half and spoon sausage gravy over biscuits then serve.

Notes

While making homemade biscuits, make sure your butter and half and half are cold. If you don’t have half and half on hand, you can make it by mixing equal parts heavy cream and milk. I know it’s an odd measurement, trust me, it works.
Brands of breakfast sausage can vary in type from sweet to spicy and by seasoning, so start with your go-to pork sausage and experiment with other types until you find the ones you prefer.

Nutrition Per Serving

510kcal Calories34g Carbs16g Protein35g Fat17g Saturated Fat3g Polyunsaturated Fat12g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat95mg Cholesterol709mg Sodium573mg Potassium1g Fiber6g Sugar769IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C240mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Biscuits and Gravy Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
510
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
35
g
54
%
Saturated Fat
 
17
g
106
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
12
g
Cholesterol
 
95
mg
32
%
Sodium
 
709
mg
31
%
Potassium
 
573
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
34
g
11
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
16
g
32
%
Vitamin A
 
769
IU
15
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
240
mg
24
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: biscuits and gravy, biscuits and gravy recipe, sausage gravy and biscuits
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $7-$10
Calories: 510

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  • Paulette
    November 27, 2023

    Thank you for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it! With finding bioengineered ingredients in alot of foods I am trying to find homemade ingredients like the gravy in this one instead of the packets that now contain that. Do yiu have a cream of mushroom or chicken recipe? I haven’t seen one but hoping you do! Thanks!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 27, 2023

      Hi Paulette! You can use the search bar the the top of the page to search for any of my recipes. I do lot have a recipe for either of those but we do make our Green bean casserole recipe from scratch, so you could reference that recipe for how we made our creamy of mushroom.

      Reply

  • Margaret Mcgill
    November 3, 2023

    I made these biscuits and the taste was great, however I did not get the lift like I expected. I will try them again with new baker powder. thinking maybe that was the issue. i was careful not to overwork and used cold butter and 1/2 and 1/2 as directed.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 3, 2023

      Hi Margaret! I’m glad you loved the recipe. The baking powder can definitely make a difference in the rise. Some other helpful tips:
      -Dip your pastry cutter into flour between each cut. This will create a cleaner cut for a better rise.
      -Cut Biscuits straight down. Don’t turn your cutter side to side and do not use a sawing motion. Cutting straight down will help the biscuits rise better.
      I hope that helps for next time!

      Reply

  • Kathy
    November 2, 2023

    We made this recipe today and it was fantastic! My husband says it’s the best he’s ever had anywhere. The biscuit recipe is super easy and delicious, too, even with using evaporated milk instead. So good!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 2, 2023

      So glad to hear that, Kathy!

      Reply

  • Kim
    October 31, 2023

    Can you use half & half instead of milk for the gravy? I am excited to try this recipe and I love all of your recipes that I make! Thank you.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 31, 2023

      Hi Kim, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Jeff
    October 27, 2023

    You can make gravy from the pan drippings of any breakfast meat. Bacon, ham, pork chops – heck I’ve had it made with the drippings from fried baloney! My favorite is bacon gravy though – even more than sausage.

    Reply

  • AJ
    October 26, 2023

    Really enjoying your blog! Using unsalted butter, then adding salt? I have read a couple of reasons why this is done, but would love to hear Natasha’s reasoning for this, pls & thx. 😊

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 26, 2023

      Hi AJ! I’m glad you’re loving the blog.
      I prefer to use unsalted because it allows me to control the salt level in the recipe and adjust it per our preference.

      Reply

  • Karen Livingston
    October 25, 2023

    I have company coming and i was wondering if this could be made the day before and then reheated?
    Thank you.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 25, 2023

      Hi Karen, you sure can! We have a section titled “Make-Ahead” in the recipe, I recommend reviewing my notes there. I hope you love this recipe.

      Reply

  • Adrienne Wright
    October 25, 2023

    Sounds yummy! You will not believe it, I just made this for breakfast today, I will have to try your recipe soon. Thanks for sharing this.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 25, 2023

      You’re welcome, Adrienne!

      Reply

  • Katie
    October 24, 2023

    One of my favorite breakfasts to make at home! I love the decadent, savory gravy.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 24, 2023

      I’m glad to hear that, Katie! Enjoy and I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try from us.

      Reply

  • Katie
    October 24, 2023

    Simple, hearty, and so satisfying—truly the best way to kickstart your day! The ultimate Southern comfort breakfast!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 24, 2023

      Thanks for the awesome feedback, Katie!

      Reply

  • Rafaela G.
    October 24, 2023

    Yummm, I’m originally from Texas, now living in California. I love biscuits and gravy, but not readily found in the West. I will definitely be making these this weekend with Mimosas. I prefer Tangerine juice in mine vs. orange juice. Sunday cannot get here soon enough!:-)) Thank you Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 24, 2023

      I hope you love this recipe, Rafaela!

      Reply

  • Sara Welch
    October 24, 2023

    Enjoyed this for breakfast this morning and started my day off right! Turned out easy, delicious and hearty; definitely, a new favorite recipe!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 24, 2023

      That’s great, Sara! Thank you for the feedback!

      Reply

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