Country Sausage Gravy


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound pork sausage

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

  • 2 cups milk, divided

  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon

  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

Cook's Note:

If you can, avoid using dried herbs. Fresh herbs add much more flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

700 Calories
60g Fat
20g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 700
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 60g 77%
Saturated Fat 25g 127%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 1389mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 33mg 167%
Calcium 197mg 15%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 585mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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