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It’s Biscuits And Gravy Week!
A Healthier Recipe for the Southern Favorite
I had no idea there was such a thing as Biscuits and Gravy Week. Did you? Well, apparently there is, and it’s this week.
Now, let me tell you why I just couldn’t resist sharing this silly little fact with you. Labor Day weekend in Central Park here in Huntington Beach, the largest group of enthusiasts in Southern California gather to Reenact the Civil War. While Luke and I went to the Labor Day Cruise Hot Rod Show that I told you about here, Rory went out to Central Park to take in a little history and a whole lot of fun.
After spending the day checking out her new want-to-be hobby, she had made some friends, and was even invited back to the dance that night. And that, led to this Status Update on facebook Monday morning…
So, Rory’s got a date with a boy named, Biscuit. Well, his nickname is Biscuit, and their friends are calling them…what else, Biscuits & Gravy! This morning I popped through The Daily Meal website, and guess what I found out? It’s BISCUITS & GRAVY WEEK!!!!!! Oh, we are rolling on the floor and laughing tears!
Well, me being me, I could not pass up a fabulous opportunity that just leapt into my lap so willingly. Tuesday morning, Rory was heading off to school and then to her date. Like any good mother would do, I made her breakfast. And, I had to share the deliciousness with you…
Biscuits and Gravy
I pulled out my handy dandy Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits, and my Jennie-O Lean Turkey Breakfast Sausage Roll, and got cooking with my cast iron skillet.
The biscuits just got popped into the oven according to the package directions.
With Rory’s special dietary needs, the Jennie-O Lean Turkey Breakfast Sausage is a good choice. It is well seasoned, and it can be cooked up with out using any oil. I heated the skillet a bit before putting the sausage into it, and chopped the sausage into bite-sized pieces as it cooked.
After the sausage is fully cooked, remove from the skillet and make the gravy. I added about one-quarter cup of flour to the sausage drippings. Letting the flour cook and soak up the drippings, I then added a little water. Be sure to stir the flour roux constantly with a whisk, so your gravy doesn’t get lumpy. Keep adding liquid (water or milk) and stirring until your gravy reaches the consistency you desire. You can always make more gravy or re-thicken the gravy by adding a little more flour. Add the sausage back to the skillet and mix well with gravy.
Once your gravy is done and the biscuits are baked, pull apart or cut the biscuits open, place on a plate, and ladle on the gravy. Enjoy!
Here’s a Printable Version of the Recipe
- 1 Can - Buttermilk Biscuits
- 1 - Jennie-O Lean Turkey Breakfast Sausage Roll
- Milk (optional)
- Pop Biscuits into oven according to package directions
- Warm skillet (I used a cast iron skillet)
- Add Sausage to skillet (no need for oil)
- Break sausage into bite-sized chunks as it cooks
- Remove fully cooked sausage from the pan
- Add 1/4-cup flour to the sausage drippings and make a roux
- Add water and or milk
- Stir constantly to keep lumps away
- adjust liquid and flour to desired gravy thickness
- Open biscuits on a plate and ladle gravy over them
Happy Biscuits and Gravy Week!
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17 thoughts on “Biscuits And Gravy – A Healthier Recipe”
You’ve blasphemed everything that’s holy regarding gravy and biscuits when you used canned biscuits and ground turkey! You know I’m JUST KIDDING! 🙂 I LOVE your healthy way of making an old southern favorite. I sometimes use ground venison in place of pork. My family loves biscuits and gravy and I’m looking forward to making your recipe.
I think it’s cool that your daughter is dating a boy with such a great nickname! Happy Biscuit & Gravy week!
PS – Don’t tell, but I use frozen biscuits. I’ve never learned to make biscuits as good as my mom, even though I have watched her make them a gazillion times. 🙂
Hahahaha! I am sure my Mississippi grandmother is rolling in her grave…but I just couldn’t resist serving this dish to Rory the other morning. LOL I did use Turkey SAUSAGE! There should be a couple of points back for that. (And your secret is safe with me…) 🙂
I just picked up some turkey breakfast sausage to make some breakfast burritos, but I may have to make this instead. Looks delicious.
The biscuits and gravy really were tasty. Give them a try, Erlene. 🙂
I am dying with laughter….We love our biscuits and gravy down south and a healthier version is a great idea. I wish I had the nerve to use canned biscuits. I think the family would have heart failure! I’ve definitely used turkey sausage, though. Happy Biscuit and Gravy week!! Who knew?
Who knew, indeed! We’ve been laughing all week. 🙂
I absolutely LOVE biscuits and gravy and also like making healthier versions of things, so I’m going to have to try this!
Well, this was an easy recipe, and definitely MUCH healthier than the original version. Enjoy! 🙂
My husband would love it if I made him this…its his favorite! this recipe looks easy enough, I must give it a try!
He’ll love it, it was super tasty! 🙂
Oh this looks wonderful! 🙂 Can’t wait to try these!!!
They were pretty tasty, Sarah! Enjoy…
oh yum!! nothing can go wrong with gravy, gorgeous sauce!
Thanks, Evan! It was pretty AND delicious! 🙂
Something new and delicious to try!