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Homemade Biscuits and Gravy

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6


How to make homemade biscuits and gravy with just a few simple ingredients. I've been making this easy recipe for 20 years! It's the perfect comfort food.

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For the Biscuits

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup butter, frozen
  • 3/4 cup whole milk

For the Sausage Gravy

  • 1 pound pork breakfast sausage (such as Jimmy Dean's)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk (I use 2% or whole)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • additional salt and pepper to taste


For the Biscuits

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar.
  2. Use a cheese grater to grate the butter into the bowl on the largest holes of your box grater. Stir butter into flour mixture. Stir until the butter is broken up and the mixture is well combined.
  3. Add the milk and stir until just combined – do not over-mix. Pat dough on a floured surface until it’s 3/4 inch thick. Cut into biscuits using a biscuit cutter.
  4. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Makes 10 biscuits.

For the Sausage Gravy

  1. In a large cast iron skillet (or other large skillet), add the sausage and cook over medium to medium-high heat until the sausage is cooked through and no longer pink, 8-10 minutes. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the meat into small chunks as needed. Do NOT drain the grease that the sausage made while cooking.
  2. Use your spoon to spread the sausage out into an even layer on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the top of the sausage and then stir well to combine. Let the flour and sausage cook for 1-2 minutes, stir often.
  4. Whisk the milk slowly into the sausage and flour mixture. Continue whisking until the gravy starts to simmer, about 5 minutes.
  5. Keep stirring and let the gravy cook while at a low simmer for an additional 1-3 minutes, until it thickens.
  6. Serve the hot gravy over the hot cooked biscuits with additional salt and pepper to taste.


  • I love this biscuit recipe, and I also love this buttermilk biscuit recipe. Take a look at them both and see which you'd like to make. I make them both often. The one I have shared here is a little easier in the sense that you don't have to have buttermilk on hand to make it.
  • After you add the milk to the sausage you have to sit and stir a long while so that the milk doesn't burn and stick to the bottom of the pan. This is a great job for little helpers with some supervision.
  • You can use just about any kind or flavor of breakfast sausage that you like. I love using hot or maple sausage as well as the traditional.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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