Biscuits and GravyPosted Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at 4:01 PM
2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 cup All-Vegetable Shortening, butter or lard
1 cup buttermilk, or you can use whole milk
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, cut the shortening into the Self-Rising Flour with a pastry blender or fork or your fingertips until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Blend in buttermilk with fork just until the dough comes together. The dough will be sticky.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently by folding the dough 8 to 10 times.
Press into a circle that's 1 inch thick.
Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough. Do not twist the cutter until the dough has been cut all the way through (twisting the cutter will cause the biscuits not to rise straight up.
Place the biscuits on baking sheet so that they barely touch. Gather up the scrap dough, press it into a circle, working it as little as possible and continue cutting until all dough has been used.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Here's what you need to do:
1 pound fresh sausage
3 tablespoons shortening, or bacon drippings
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a large heavy skillet (preferably cast iron), brown the sausage breaking it up with a spatula over medium high heat. Do not drain.
Add the shortening, flour, salt and pepper
Cook stirring constantly until flour begins to brown
Slowly add milk while continuing to stir
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for one minute stirring occasionally. As the gravy cools it will thicken so if you want thinner gravy, add a little more milk
Cut the biscuits in half and pour the gravy over the biscuits.
If you want just a plain milk gravy recipe, form the sausage into patties and brown. Remove them from the skillet to use to make sausage biscuits and continue the recipe the same way.
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