Week days are so busy that we usually have a bowl of cereal or warm up a breakfast sandwich (if I have some premade in the freezer). So on the weekend when we have the whole family together at once, we like to have a BIG ol’ breakfast! Here is my version of country sausage gravy. I have to make a big batch because I have a big family. You can cut this in half very easily. ENJOY!
2 lbs sausage
6 TBS butter
1/2 cup flour
6 cups milk
salt & pepper
1/2 cup flour
1. Brown 1 lb. sausage (I use Jimmy Dean or Tennessee Pride)
2. Scoop the sausage out into a separate bowl, leaving the grease in the frying pan. (Sometimes I strain it with a bowl under the strainer and then pour the grease back into the pan.)
3. The sausage I use normally doesn’t make much grease so I add about 6 TBS of butter and let in melt together.
4. With heat at medium, slowly add about 1/2 cup of flour and stir until smooth. You may need more or less flour depending on how much grease you sausage made. You want it smooth and somewhat thick but, not so thick it turns to dough. (I’ll take a picture and update this section the next time I make it)
5. Let it cook until it starts to turn brown, stirring often so it doesn’t burn.
6. A little at a time, add your milk. Stir it well each time you pour some in. At first it will get thick very fast… don’t panic. Just keep adding milk and stirring.
7. Heat on medium a few more minutes but do not let boil.
8. Add salt & Pepper to your taste, return the sausage to the pan, lower temperature to low and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
If it is too thick add a little more milk. If it is not thick enough you can add about 1 TBS corn starch to 1/4 cup milk or cold water (mix it up good) and stir it into your gravy 7 turn your heat back to medium. It will thicken as it heats up.
GOOD LUCK! It took me a while to get it…
If it turns out great and you don’t want to do all that work every time… Double or triple the recipe and freeze some.
To freeze gravy:
1. Let the gravy cool completely.
2. Pour into a freezer bag. (write description and date on bag BEFORE filling)
This is my little trick to getting liquid into a freezer bag
3. Zip up the freezer bag really well. make sure you get all the air out.
4. Lay the bag flat on a cookie sheet and freeze. This will give you more space in the freezer
I have some in my freezer now ready for our next camping trip!