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Biscuits and Gravy is the ultimate comfort food dish! Tender and flaky homemade biscuits are topped with creamy sausage gravy. This is such a simple recipe that is full of rich and nostalgic flavors, you’ve got to try it!
Breakfast is the first meal of the day, and it really sets the tone for your body. So why not start it off with a meal you can’t wait to eat? I absolutely love making breakfast for my family, and if you are looking for more ideas, I’ve got so many great recipes for you. Try this easy Cinnamon Bread, these yummy Skillet Potatoes with Peppers, or this unique and crave-able Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake.
Biscuits and Gravy
Is there really anything better than the smell of fresh biscuits baking in the oven? Then you smother them in homemade sausage gravy and they are simply irresistible. It’s certainly a treat to make for your family on the weekend for breakfast or brunch. Whipping up a batch of biscuits from scratch is easy! If you’ve never made biscuits at home, you are going to fall in love with the process.
I always use my foolproof buttermilk biscuits recipe and make them jumbo in size since they’re the star of the dish. The gravy is made with hearty pieces of breakfast sausage, simmered in a rich cream sauce. Split the biscuits in half, then generously pile on the gravy. It’s bliss! You can this dish on its own, but I usually serve it with an Orange Julius. It is actually so amazing, you have to try it!
Both the gravy and the biscuits are made from scratch! That’s what makes this recipe truly special. It’s near and dear to my heart because it brings back so many happy memories. Feel free to use your favorite biscuit recipe and gravy recipe, or try mine out! This recipe is so simple any way you make it, you will fall in love with it! You can find the measurements below in the recipe card.
- All Purpose Flour: This is the easiest flour to work with for this recipe.
- Baking Powder: The leavening agent.
- Salt: To add flavor and depth.
- Butter: Unsalted, to add those layers and layers of flaky dough.
- Buttermilk: No need to run to the store, make your own with vinegar or lemon juice and whole milk!
- Breakfast Sausage: Whatever your favorite brand is will work.
- All Purpose Flour: To thicken the sauce.
- Kosher Salt and Black Pepper: To add flavor and depth.
- Dried Italian Seasoning: I make my own blend and I love the way it goes with the sausage, but it’s optional!
- Half and Half: Makes a creamy and luscious gravy.
- Butter: I always use unsalted to control the amount of salt in the dish.
How To Make Biscuits and Gravy
I will walk you through how to make the biscuits and the gravy. This is the only recipe you will ever need! It’s straightforward and a total classic that you will come back to again and again. I know my family can’t get enough of it! The best part is it takes just an hour for this whole recipe to come together.
- Make Biscuits: Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, small pieces of butter, and buttermilk.
- Shape and Cut: Briefly knead the dough, roll out, cut into 4 pieces, stack, roll and then cut into 3-inch round biscuits.
- Chill and Butter: Chill, then brush the biscuits with melted butter.
- Bake: Bake biscuits at 450ºF until biscuits are golden brown, about 15 minutes.
- Cook Sausage: Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add the pork sausage. Break up and cook until browned.
- Make Gravy: Add butter, flour, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper to the pan, stir to combine.
- Add Cream: Whisk in the milk and heavy cream, then turn the heat up to medium-high.
- Simmer: Simmer until thickened, season with salt and pepper.
Tips for Making Biscuits and Gravy
Making biscuits and gravy is a super simple recipe that packs so much flavor. I absolutely love this recipe, and there are a few things I’ve learned along the way that will help you to get this recipe exactly the way you like it.
- Making Biscuits Sturdy: The biscuits should be tender and layered in texture, but sturdy enough to hold the gravy on top. I break the chilled butter into small round pieces into the flour. This makes lots of small pockets that when baked don’t crumble apart when gravy is added on top.
- How to Thicken the Gravy: There are three things that make this gravy rich and smooth: milk, cream, and flour. The flour is combined with butter to make a roux that thickens the liquids when heated up. It takes only a few minutes and constant whisking to see the change. The dairy adds a velvety texture that clings on top of the biscuits.
I prefer to store the biscuits and gravy separately- that way the biscuits don’t get soggy in the refrigerator. Here is how you can store leftovers.
- Storing Biscuits: The biscuits store well for 3 days in an airtight container or in the freezer for up to 1 month. I recommend reheating them in the oven at 325ºF until they are warm and crisp on the edges.
- Storing Gravy: If you have leftover gravy make sure to cool it completely before storing it in the refrigerator for up to four days. Simply reheat on the stovetop over medium heat until warmed through. A little bit of water can be added and whisked in to make the gravy less thick.
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Biscuits and Gravy
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold
- 1 cup buttermilk
- additional melted butter for brushing
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Using a cheese grater, grate the cold butter into the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter or the back of a fork to "cut" the butter into the flour.
- Once the butter is incorporated add the buttermilk. Use a pastry cutter or fork to mix the buttermilk into the dough. Stop mixing just before it all comes together. The dough should be shaggy and crumbly at this point.
- Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough with your hands to bring it together. Be careful not to overwork the dough or handle it too much because you want the butter to stay as cold as possible.
- Roll the dough out on the floured surface until 1 inch thick. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter or cup, cut the biscuits. Gather the dough scraps and form them into a ball. Roll out the dough again and repeat the cutting process until all your dough is used up.
- Place the biscuits onto the prepared sheet pan, spaced 1 inch apart.
- Brush melted butter on top of each biscuit.
- Bake the biscuits until lightly golden brown on top and bottom, about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Transfer the biscuits to a cooling rack while you prepare the gravy.
- Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until no longer pink and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle the flour, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning if using over the cooked sausage. Stir and cook for 1 minute until the flour is absorbed.
- Slowly whisk in the half and half, then turn up the heat to medium-high to bring it to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a rapid simmer, cook, and stir occasionally until the sauce is thickened and can coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. You can add more half and half or milk if your sauce is too thick. Just add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
- Whisk the butter into the gravy. This gives it a rich velvety finish!
- Taste the gravy and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
- Split the biscuits in half and serve sausage gravy on top.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.