This is a family favorite that my dad taught me long ago. It's very filling and if company arrives unexpectedly for breakfast, just add more flour and milk. This recipe works best with a cast iron skillet as it holds heat so well. And besides, it makes the meal more authentic! Serve over buttermilk biscuits. If you can, avoid using dried herbs. Fresh herbs add much more flavor.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a skillet on medium heat cook pork, onion, green pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic until pork is crumbly. Drain off excess fat, but leave a small amount.

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  • Combine butter, salt, and pepper with the meat mixture and stir until butter melts. Slowly sift flour over the top. Mix gently and allow mixture to cook for 5 minutes. It will burn, so do not let it sit unguarded. Don't forget to scrape the bottom of the pan. Add the sage and thyme.

  • Slowly stir in milk, about a half a cup at a time, and incorporate it well. When the mixture thickens, add more milk. Do not let it boil vigorously, or it will burn. Add chicken bullion and let cook for five minutes. Again, if it thickens too much, add more milk. Adjust taste with more salt and pepper if needed.

  • Just before serving, add the parsley, and about a 1/4 cup more milk; the gravy will thicken quickly as it cools.

Nutrition Facts

700.1 calories; protein 19.7g 39% DV; carbohydrates 20.3g 7% DV; fat 60.1g 93% DV; cholesterol 117.8mg 39% DV; sodium 1389.3mg 56% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2007
This is absolutely awesome. I am not a sausage gravy person...white sauce and crumbled Jimmy Dean just don't turn the crank, ya know? But my family loves it so I tried this recipe. It is out of this world. I used sage flavored sausage and dried thyme...also added a pinch of dried ginger as was suggested. I did cut the onion and pepper down significantly...i used 1/4 c red banana pepper and 1/2 c finely chopped onion...don't skip the parsley at the end...it is a nice touch. I like the heat of the cayenne, but that is up to you. I also substituted an envelope of McCormick Sausage Gravy mix for the flour. Be prepared to add some extra milk. I served with homemade granola, fresh fruit and yogurt (made me feel better about serving the heart attack biscuits). This is now in my brunch repertiore! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/01/2010
Too many extra seasonings for me. My husband and I prefer the traditional southern sausage gravy Read More
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233 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 170
  • 4 star values: 49
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2007
This is absolutely awesome. I am not a sausage gravy person...white sauce and crumbled Jimmy Dean just don't turn the crank, ya know? But my family loves it so I tried this recipe. It is out of this world. I used sage flavored sausage and dried thyme...also added a pinch of dried ginger as was suggested. I did cut the onion and pepper down significantly...i used 1/4 c red banana pepper and 1/2 c finely chopped onion...don't skip the parsley at the end...it is a nice touch. I like the heat of the cayenne, but that is up to you. I also substituted an envelope of McCormick Sausage Gravy mix for the flour. Be prepared to add some extra milk. I served with homemade granola, fresh fruit and yogurt (made me feel better about serving the heart attack biscuits). This is now in my brunch repertiore! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2003
I love contry gravy and this one is really good. The texture and taste is better if you let it sit about 15 minutes and reheat and serve. Thanks you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2003
This is by far the best gravy I have EVER had! And I live in West Texcas!! Easy and colorful and rich. Try adding some color with some red bell pepper or orange (if you can get them cheap) We buy our peppers cheap and freeze them after cutting. Also green onions are great with this gravy! It's not just for breakfast either!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2007
THANKS! GREAT RECIPE......I've been trying to make sausage gravy for 14 years (city girl marries country man) and finally my husband gave me a standing ovation after I put this recipe on the table. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
this is the best gravy we've ever had! i didn't have a green bell pepper but it was good without it. i had to use dry herbs, so i lessened the amounts (1/3 tsp dried sage & half that amount of dried thyme because it's more potent) and added them earlier in the cooking. just add a sprinkle of parsley. 1/4 cup is way too much for my taste. if i ever get fresh herbs, i'll use them in this recipe. i'm sure it's even better with fresh herbs. this recipe tastes amazing. thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/12/2003
This would have been a GREAT supper, except I let my husband get the SPICY sausage instead of regular sausage. It was so hot that even HE wouldn't eat it, but you could taste the underlying gravy and it was FABULOUS! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/01/2010
Too many extra seasonings for me. My husband and I prefer the traditional southern sausage gravy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2003
This was very good except that I found that the crushed red pepper made it VERY spicy. I recommend leaving that out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2003
Excellent! I use this recipe soley now whenever I make sausage gravy. Read More
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