When you're a working mom, the weekdays are all about saving time and staying healthy. Sometimes, though, you want to treat your family or flex your baking skills, particularly when you have some time to slow down on a weekend or a rare day off from work. Take a little of that extra time to prepare homemade biscuits and gravy for the whole family.
For the best results, start with high-quality ingredients. Because the biscuits only have a few ingredients, each one makes a much bigger impact than in a recipe with a dozen or so ingredients. While it might cost a little extra, this is a splurge – enjoy it.
Total Time: 1 hour | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Serves: 6 to 8
For the biscuits:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons unsalted, chilled butter
- 1 cup whole milk
For the gravy:
- 1 pound pork sausage, ground or removed from the casings
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cups whole milk
- Heat the oven to 425F. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour. Add the baking powder and salt, and then transfer the mixture to a food processor.
- Cut the cold butter into pats and add them to the flour. Pulse the food processor five to six times until the dough looks like rough crumbs.
- Return the mixture to the bowl. Add the milk and, using a fork, mix until the dough forms a ball.
- Flour a work surface. Turn the dough out onto the surface, and pat it into a 1-inch-thick rectangle. Fold it over, and pat it down again, making sure not to work the dough too hard.
- Cover the dough with a towel, and let it rest for 30 minutes.
- Shape the dough into a rectangle that's approximately 10 inches by 6 inches. Using a floured glass or a biscuit cutter, cut the dough into biscuits. Depending on the size, you should get six to eight biscuits.
- On a baking sheet, arrange the biscuit dough. Bake for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown.
- While the biscuits are baking, prepare the gravy: In a large skill over medium-high heat, brown the sausage, using a spatula to crumble it within the pan.
- Using a wire whisk, mix in the flour, salt and pepper. Slowly stir in the milk, whisking as you pour. Let the mixture cook until it's thickened.
- To serve, split a warm biscuit down the middle and pour the gravy over it.
Kelsey Casselbury is an independent writer, editor, and designer based in Annapolis, Md. She is the mother of a preschool boy and a board member at a local children's theatre, where she helps with productions through communications, marketing, and design needs.