Classic Homemade Southern Sausage Gravy

Homemade Southern Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

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  • Total: 22 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 portions (4-6 servings)

Serve this classic thick Southern-style gravy over hot split and buttered buttermilk biscuits. Biscuits with gravy make a great breakfast with fresh or spiced fruit or serve along with a complete breakfast with eggs or a breakfast casserole. The dish also makes an excellent special brunch dish.

Serve the southern sausage gravy from a slow cooker or chafing dish and keep split buttered biscuits warm until serving time.

Use your favorite variety of breakfast sausage in this recipe or try this homemade pork sausage or turkey sausage.


  • 8 ounces breakfast sausage (hot, sage, or country)
  • 2 tablespoons shortening (or lard)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups milk
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: dash of cayenne pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Homemade southern sausage gravy ingredients.
  2. Cook breakfast sausage in a medium skillet over medium-low heat, stirring and breaking up with a spatula.

    Cook sausage in skillet using spatula
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  3. With a slotted spoon, removed the browned crumbled sausage to a paper towel-lined plate.

    Remove cooked sausage and place on paper towel and plate
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  4. Add 2 tablespoons shortening, vegetable oil, or lard to the drippings in the skillet. Add flour, stirring until blended and bubbling.

    Add oil and flour to drippings in skillet
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  5. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups milk; continue stirring and cooking until thickened and bubbly.

    Add milk to mixture and stir
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  6. Add the crumbled sausage. If too thick, add a little more milk.

    Add sausage to mixture
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  7. Taste and add salt and pepper.

    Add salt and pepper to sausage mixture
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  8. Stir in a dash of cayenne pepper, if desired.

    Add cayenne pepper to sausage mixture
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  9. Serve over the hot split and buttered biscuits. Serve sliced tomatoes or fresh fruit with these, or serve as part of a bigger breakfast.

    Serve sausage gravy over biscuits
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  10. Enjoy!