This Biscuits and Gravy Recipe is a Southern Favorite!

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I've been making this same biscuits and gravy recipe for over 30 years and now I'm going to share it with you!

Well, let's get the biscuits in the oven first:

To make the best biscuits for this biscuits and gravy recipe, you need a quality soft winter wheat flour, I use White Lily Self-Rising Flour

Biscuit Recipe

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.

Now for the Sausage Gravy for this biscuits and gravy Recipe

A good sausage gravy (some folks call it milk gravy and others call it Sawmill Gravy) starts with a good quality fresh sausage roll. I use Tennessee Pride, but Jimmy Dean or Rudy's Farm are both good too.

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

Here's what you need to do:

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.

I hope you enjoy this southern biscuits and gravy recipe!

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