By Leslie Kelly
April 17, 2017

Food filled fountains are making a strong comeback, flowing with chocolate, gooey queso, salted caramel, barbecue sauce, even ranch dressing. Because we're obsessed with all things Brunchworthy, we cooked up a gravy fountain, sure to be the superstar of your next late morning weekend feast. Here's everything you need to get the party started.

650 x 465 gravy fountain detail photo by Leslie Kelly
Photo by Leslie Kelly

The Fountain

That star attraction might be easier to find than you imagine. Ask your friends and family. Chances are somebody bought one for a party and it's just hanging out in the back of the cupboard. That's because fountains are fairly cheap these days, starting at around $30 and heading up the $100 range. Just make sure the fountain has a heating element to keep the gravy free flowing.

The Gravy

Classic sausage gravy is incredible, but it's not going to work in a fountain, the browned bits of meat clogging up the auger that powers the liquid from the bottom of the machine to the top. So, go with basic cream gravy, aka white sauce. Give it personality by adding lots of cracked black pepper, some Sriracha, a teeny splash of liquid smoke or, even, fish sauce. It should be a blank canvas that you'll sprinkle with tasty toppings.

The Biscuits

Make a big batch of your favorite buttermilk biscuits, or, if you're freaked out about making them from scratch, bake the pre-made, frozen version. It's a personal preference, and depends on what part of the country in which you shop, but we're a big fan of Marshall's Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits from Sister Shubert's, but Pillsbury Grands are the most widely available and will work just fine.

The Toppings

Make ahead, arrange in bowls and invite everybody to customize their gravy-smothered biscuits with:

  • Bacon bits
  • Crumbled sausage
  • Sliced sausage
  • Vegetarian sausage
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Caramelized onions
  • Fill in the blank with your own creations
Gravy Fountain buffet
The full gravy fountain buffet | Photo by Leslie Kelly

The Drinks

Set up a Bloody Mary Bar, pour some Champagne cocktails, or invite everyone try a tall glass of cold brew coffee.