Sweet Heat Sausage Gravy & 1-2-3-4 Biscuits

19 April, 2013

At my house we are lovers of breakfast for dinner. What is it really called anyway? We have brunch, and around here we call a late lunch “linner”, but there really isn’t a name for eating your first meal of the day in the evening. Mostly we have breakfast for dinner because if we made a “big breakfast” in the morning, we wouldn’t eat until noon! On top of that, I don’t like to start my day with anything too heavy.

By that, I mean that I prefer a leftover cookie or cupcake. I don’t even bother calling them “breakfast cookies” or a “muffin with frosting”, although in reality that’s all it is. Some people smear a tablespoon of butter on the inside of their muffin. I just prefer my butter blended with some sugar and swirled in a pretty pattern on top. With sprinkles.

Now that we have that out of the way, let me tell you about these biscuits and gravy.

sweet heat biscuits and gravy

Did anyone watch “Two Dudes Catering” when it was on the Food Network? This sausage gravy is based on their recipe, but lightened up a bit by using mostly milk instead of cream, and thickened with a little flour. And it gets a little sweetness from maple syrup. I’m not going to lie about the “maple syrup”–as much as I love the stuff, more often than not around my house, I have the giant plastic container from Costco called Mrs. Butterworth’s. We love the Mrs.! Then the gravy gets some heat from Tabasco sauce and the combination is just a lovely little party in your mouth! Thank the Two Dudes and me later.

The 1-2-3-4 biscuit recipe has, you guessed it–four ingredients, and is one that I clipped out of our local paper about 10 years ago. The surprise ingredient is mayonnaise! I highly recommend using Best Foods/Hellman’s mayo. Please don’t make me go on my mayonnaise vs Miracle Whip rant again. These are best straight from the oven and slathered with butter and jam, or in this scenario doused with this sausage gravy.

1-2-3-4 Biscuits

The whole thing really comes together very quickly, so you could have it for breakfast and make Walt, Jr. from Breaking Bad extremely proud. As for my family, we are going to stick to having it for “suppfast,” or whatever it’s called.

Sweet Heat Sausage Gravy & 1-2-3-4 Biscuits


For the Sausage Gravy:

1 tablespoon butter

1 lb breakfast sausage

2 1/2 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 cups milk (I use nonfat or 1%)

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon Tabasco

1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup maple syrup

salt and pepper to taste

For the Biscuits:

1 cup milk

2 cups flour

3 rounded tablespoons mayonnaise (Best Foods recommended)

4 teaspoons baking powder


For the Sausage Gravy:

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until no longer pink. Do not drain off the fat!

Add the flour and cook for an additional two minutes, stirring well to combine. Add the milk and heavy cream and cook over medium high heat until thickened.

To this mixture add the Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, maple syrup, and salt & pepper.

Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, while you make the biscuits.

Makes enough gravy for 12 biscuits.

For the Biscuits:

Preheat oven to 400 F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients with a fork. Drop in mounds on the lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

Let cool for about 5 minutes then serve with gravy on top or with butter and jam.

These biscuits are best on the same day they are made.

Makes about 12 biscuits.

Sausage gravy recipe adapted from Two Dudes Catering.


4 responses to Sweet Heat Sausage Gravy & 1-2-3-4 Biscuits

  1. Jennifer Wilson 19 April, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I do appreciate a post that references Walt Jr and Breaking Bad!!

  2. I want to make everything you post, next on the list is the biscuits and gravy I think my husband will be very happy