Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy

Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy

Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy

One of the pillars of the Southern breakfast table, buttery biscuits smothered in a sausage-studded white gravy makes a hearty meal any time of day. A hint of cayenne brightens the gravy's richness, but it's even better with a dash or two of hot sauce.Maxime Iattoni

One of the pillars of the Southern breakfast table, buttery biscuits smothered in a sausage-studded white gravy makes a hearty meal any time of day. A hint of cayenne brightens the gravy's richness, but it's even better with a dash or two of hot sauce.

Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy
One of the pillars of the Southern breakfast table, buttery biscuits smothered in a sausage-studded white gravy makes a hearty meal any time of day.
Yield: serves 6

For the Biscuits

  • 2 12 cups flour, plus more for cutter
  • 3 12 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 12 tsp. kosher salt
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and chilled, plus 2 tbsp. melted
  • 1 12 cups buttermilk

For the Gravy

  • 2 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 8 oz. pork breakfast sausage
  • 12 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 12 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 14 tsp. cayenne
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Hot sauce, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the biscuits: Heat oven to 425°. Place flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, and whisk to combine. Add chilled butter, and using your fingers, rub mixture together until pea-size crumbles form. Add buttermilk, and stir with a fork until just combined. Transfer to a floured work surface, and gently pat dough into a 6"x4" rectangle, about 1" thick. Dip a 3" round cutter into a bowl of flour, and cut out rounds of dough. Press scraps together, and repeat with remaining dough until you have about 6 rounds. Brush a 9" cake pan with melted butter, arrange biscuits in pan, and brush the tops with melted butter. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes.
  2. Make the gravy: Place bacon in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until its fat renders, about 3 minutes. Add sausage and, cook, breaking it into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add milk and cream, and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until gravy is thickened, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar, cayenne, and salt and pepper, and stir until combined.
  3. To serve, split biscuits in half, and cover with gravy. Serve with hot sauce, if you like.