My mother learned how to make this while we lived in Nashville many years ago, and it is now a family favorite. Good old-fashioned sausage gravy. It's her most requested recipe from family and friends alike. Serve over biscuits or toast.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Set aside, leaving the drippings in the skillet.

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  • Mix bacon grease into the sausage drippings. Reduce heat to medium, combine with flour, and stir constantly until mixture just turns golden brown.

  • Gradually whisk milk into skillet. When the mixture is smooth, thickened, and begins to bubble, return the sausage to skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

297 calories; protein 10.1g 20% DV; carbohydrates 7.9g 3% DV; fat 24.7g 38% DV; cholesterol 45.9mg 15% DV; sodium 561.5mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2003
This is a great recipe for sausage gravy. I do make mine slightly different though. First, I don't add the bacon grease because I feel mine has more than enough. With the sausage in the pan I will add the flour, then the milk and spices. I also really prefer mine with sage sausage to give it a little more flavor. Maple sausage doesn't taste quite right though. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/10/2004
I am continuously surprised that recipes that are nothing special get such high reviews. This is good but not great. Needs LOTS of extra salt and pepper very very bland without. I might use the recipe again but I'm wondering if I should bother because the packaged kind (McCormick) the grocery stores sells tastes better is quicker and cheaper to prepare!! This recipe is overrated. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 91
  • 3 star values: 25
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2003
This is a great recipe for sausage gravy. I do make mine slightly different though. First, I don't add the bacon grease because I feel mine has more than enough. With the sausage in the pan I will add the flour, then the milk and spices. I also really prefer mine with sage sausage to give it a little more flavor. Maple sausage doesn't taste quite right though. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/24/2003
I made this to go over J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits and it was sooo good. I didn't use the bacon grease, as my sausage was greasy enough. I added a hefty dose of ground black pepper...it gives the gravy such a good flavor!! Mind didn't reheat well, so next time we'll either eat it all or have to make a smaller batch. Thanks Rene. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2004
It seems almost everyone changes this recipe to fit their own taste and I'm no exception... I have made this exactly as written and also with a few changes. First I'll review this without changes. The first thing I noticed was that this does not make eight servings. If you are making this for biscuits and gravey, the recipe will makes only two servings. I make this for myself using half the recipe and gobble it up myself! Second, it is just a tad bland but can easily be fixed by starting with a sausage with more spice. The changes that I've made are to saute some onions with the sausage and added several dashes of warchestershire sause to give it a little more zip. I also add a little of Jonny's Seasoning Salt. When I have no bacon grease, I use butter instead. I grew up in the South and had biscuits and gravy 'most every morning so I consider myself an expert gravy taster and I give this one five stars. :-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2003
I made this for my husband today (huge fan of sausage gravy over biscuits from restaurants) and he absolutely LOVED it. Easy to make too. I substituted butter for bacon grease used skim milk and Italian seasoned pork sausage. Wonderful flavor. Will make again and again! Try J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits with this gravy. You can't go wrong! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2002
Know I'll sound like a broken record...but this really is THE best! The only gravy I'll ever use from now on for biscuits n' gravy! Made this for my father's birthday brunch. After I prepared it put it in a crockpot to keep it warm and everyone just ladled it out onto hot biscuits. The bacon grease is the secret to the flavor of this gravy. My only change was to add quite a bit of salt and pepper. We love it so much we eat it for a quick supper all the time. We cook frozen biscuits in the oven and cook a bag of shredded hashbrowns while we're making the gravy. (We put the hashbrowns on top of the biscuits then ladle the gravy over all.) Mmmmm mmmm! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/02/2003
I think this is very good. I lived in Tenn. and make my exactly like this only using equal parts of can milk to equal parts of water. I love it that way and it is a little richer flavored..has a Bob Evans tastes. My girlfriend use to make her gravy with milk and she'd say why don't my gravy tastes like yours? It's the can milk. But both ways are very good. yummy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2007
I have been making this recipe for 5 years now and it is still the best one. I love this recipe. It is so so good. I wouldn't change anything and I will not use any other sausage gravy recipe. I love to cook and I only keep the really good ones. This is for sure a keeper. Thank you so much. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2003
This was very good sausage gravy! I used Jimmy Deans sausage which didn't have as much grease as I expected (and I didn't have bacon grease on hand) but it still turned out wonderfully! This gravy actually tasted like sausage instead of those plain white "gravies" with sausage thrown in at the end. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2006
We make this almost every weekend. Hubby loves Big Daddy Biscuits (from this site) and this gravy just compliments it perfectly. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/10/2004
I am continuously surprised that recipes that are nothing special get such high reviews. This is good but not great. Needs LOTS of extra salt and pepper very very bland without. I might use the recipe again but I'm wondering if I should bother because the packaged kind (McCormick) the grocery stores sells tastes better is quicker and cheaper to prepare!! This recipe is overrated. Read More
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