This is a Southern classic – the way my great-grandmother, grandmother, aunt and mother have always made it.  Anytime we have a family gathering, it is guaranteed that there will be  biscuits and gravy for breakfast.  I love the memory of my grandmother standing and stirring gravy early in the morning.  Sitting curled up in my pajamas in her kitchen waiting for breakfast to be ready was the absolute best way to wake up.  I love that she taught my husband how to make her gravy, and that he always says, her gravy was the best he has ever had.

Making this gravy (also called sawmill gravy) just exactly right is based on feel and look and taste… and like many family recipes, this is something that has been taught but has never been written down.

Today we’re putting this one on paper (well online really), and we know you can master it!  Step by step instructions and pictures are below.

Express your love with this Southern comfort food and soon your family will be saying….

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Southern Biscuits and Gravy
1 pound of your favorite sausage (we prefer Odom’s Tennessee Pride Mild)
2 Tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
salt & pepper

With stove turned to medium heat, brown sausage and drain off any excess grease if necessary, keeping about one tablespoon of drippings in the pan.  Sprinkle flour over the browned meat and stir until flour is absorbed.  Next, pour in milk and begin stirring slowly and steadily.  While you are stirring salt and pepper to taste.  At this point it is only a matter of time before the gravy thickens to the perfect consistency… don’t walk away from the stove!  Perfect gravy is thick enough to not be drippy, but thin enough to soak up with a biscuit!  When the gravy is ready, spoon it onto your favorite biscuit and serve right away.  More milk can be added if needed – the gravy will continue to thicken as it rests in the pan.

Tell us, did you grow up on biscuits and gravy too?