Let me also preface this by saying that nothing about this is good for you. This is a "once-in-a-while" meal and should not become a staple unless you want to weigh 500 lbs. We're talking white flour, shortening, pork sausage, butter...it's a real gut bomb, but on the upside, if you eat this for breakfast, you likely won't be hungry again all day. :)
First, get your biscuits in the oven, and then start on the gravy. I like these biscuits:
Baking Powder Biscuits
- 2 c. flour
- 1 tblsp. baking powder
- 1 tblsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 c. shortening
- 3/4 c. milk
Combine dry ingredients, then cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk all at once and stir to combine. Turn out onto floured surface and knead lightly, then pat dough out to 1/2" thickness. Using a biscuit cutter (or other round object), cut into 12 circles and place on ungreased baking sheet. If you prefer to make "drop" biscuits, up the milk to 1 c. , don't knead it, and just use a spoon to drop 12 biscuits on the baking sheet. Bake in HOT oven (425-450) 10-12 min. or until golden brown. These biscuits are really light and fluffy and do a great job of soaking up all of the yummy gravy.
- 1 lb. mild Italian ground sausage
- 1/3 c. flour
- 2 tblsp. butter
- 2-3 c. milk--whole milk if you really want to go all out, but I use lowfat. Start with 2 cups and let it cook & thicken up...if you like it a little thinner, add more milk.
- ~3/4 tsp. thyme
- ~3/4 tsp. sage
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- ~1 tsp. seasoned salt *(see note)
*I have a favorite seasoning that I use ALL the time--it's McCormicks Grillmates Roasted Garlic & Herb--the main ingredient is salt, so if you use this, you don't need additional salt. It also contains garlic, onion, and paprika which gives the food a great color. If you don't have this, you can substitute seasoning salt, or just plain old table salt instead.