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American Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy

 Published 2008-Aug-25   Updated 2019-Nov-05

- Submitted by Dahlia

(North American Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage or Ground Meat Gravy)

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Biscuit with gravy is a popular breakfast served in US. I fell in love with this the very first time I tasted it. The biscuits are flaky, soft and buttery. It is covered with a sausage gravy. Together it makes a great combination.

In India, we know of biscuits as hard, crispy cookies served with tea. Initially I was confused too. Then I understood that American biscuits are different.

During my stay in America, I often enjoyed these in restaurants. I also bought frozen biscuit dough and made it. After moving back to India, I started missing it. So I make these at home. These biscuits can be had with sausage, jam or with the gravy like I have shared below. I couldn't find breakfast sausage in India. So I substituted it with ground beef. So here is my recipe for flaky buttermilk biscuits and creamy gravy.

Recipe for Buttermilk Biscuit and Gravy

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the Biscuits

  • All purpose flour (Maida) - 2 cups
  • Baking powder - 3 tsp
  • Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Cold Butter - 5 tbsp (diced)
  • Cold Buttermilk - 1 cup (I used 3/4 cup yogurt beaten with 1/4 cup water)

For the Gravy

  • Breakfast sausage/ any ground meat (Kheema) - 1/2 lb
  • Butter - 4 tbsp
  • All purpose flour - 4 tbsp
  • Cold milk - 3 cups
  • Salt and pepper - to taste

Method

For the Biscuits

  1. Combine together the dry ingredients (all purpose flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda).
  2. Add cold butter and cut into the flour. This makes the flour crumbly.
  3. Add cold buttermilk and mix with flour just till it comes together. First I added 3/4 cup of buttermilk and add the rest only if required. (Do not over knead the dough. This will make the biscuits tough.)
  4. Pat and flatten the dough to a rectangle. Fold the rectangle into thirds. Flatten back to a rectangle and fold again. Repeat this 3-4 times. This makes the biscuits flaky.
  5. Now roll the dough into 1" thick mass.
  6. Cut out biscuits using a biscuit cutter. Gather the rest of the dough and cut out biscuits again. You should be able to get 8-12 biscuits depending on the size.
  7. Place them on a parchment paper or a greased baking tray. Lightly press the center of the biscuits with your thumb so that it rises evenly.
  8. Brush the top of the biscuits with some melted butter or buttermilk.
  9. Bake in a oven preheated to 400 degrees F (200 degree C).
  10. Remove in 10-15 minutes when the biscuits are golden in color.

For the Gravy

  1. Heat a pan and saute the sausage/ground meat until it is cooked.
  2. Remove the sausage and add the butter to the same pan.
  3. Then add the flour a little at a time whisking constantly. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Now add the cold milk a little by little, whisking continuously.
  5. When the milk starts to thicken, add the sausage/ground meat back along with salt and pepper to taste.

Detailed Steps to make Biscuit Gravy

Combine together all the dry ingredients - all purpose flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

Add cold butter and cut into the flour. It is best to use a pastry cutter for this. Since I do not have one, I used my hands. The flour becomes crumbly.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

Add cold buttermilk little at a time and mix with flour just till it comes together. Knead the dough just until it comes together.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

Pat and flatten the dough to a rectangle. Fold the rectangle into thirds. Flatten back to a rectangle and fold again. Repeat this 3-4 times. This makes the biscuits flaky.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

Now roll the dough into 1" thick mass. Cut out circles using a biscuit cutter. Gather the rest of the dough and cut out biscuits again. You should be able to get 8-12 biscuits depending on the size.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

Place them on a parchment paper or a greased baking tray. Lightly press the center of the biscuits with your thumb so that it rises evenly. Brush the top of the biscuits with some melted butter or buttermilk.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

Bake in a oven preheated to 400 degrees F (200 degree C). Remove in 10-15 minutes when the biscuits are golden in color.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

Now to make the gravy, heat a pan and saute the sausage/ground meat until it is cooked.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

Remove the sausage and add the butter to the same pan.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

Then add the flour a little at a time whisking constantly. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

Now add the cold milk a little by little, whisking continuously.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

When the milk starts to thicken, add the cooked ground meat back along with salt and pepper to taste. I added little chili powder to suit to my taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes and switch off.

Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps Biscuit Gravy Preparation Steps

Serving Biscuit with Gravy

  • Cut the biscuit in half, pour the gravy over it and enjoy.

Biscuit & Gravy

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Comments (4)

Person   ()
I mean vegetarian substitute. BTW you have a good collection of unique recipes. Thanks for sharing with us.
Person   ()
Thank you sudha. Hmm, I haven't tried vegetarian. According to my guess, soya granules would be a close substitute. Another option is finely chopped mushrooms.
Person   ()
I wish there were more pics of the biscuits being made. Also can u please suggest me any substitute for the sausage.
Person   ()
Hi Sudha, I'll try to upload more pics the next time I make it.

You can substitute sausage with any ground meat.

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Comment by Ananya Mishra
Hi,

What vegetarian stuff can be used instead of ground meat/sausage ?

Thanks
Ananya
 
Reply :-
          The vegetarian alternative for ground meat would be soy granules.

 Published by on and last updated on 2019-11-05.