Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Semi-Homemade Biscuits and Gravy

(Our cottage's awesome retro electric range and oven)

For those who know my name in real life, I hope you enjoy the semi-homemade reference. But truly, that's the way my version of biscuits and gravy is done. It ain't scratch, but it is good! This version was prepared for the family at large in our rental cottage on Diamond Lake in Michigan. What better way to whittle the waistline for donning a bikini than filling one's belly with biscuit and gravy goodness?!

3 cups Bisquick baking mix
3/4 stick unsalted butter
1 cup and one tablespoon canola oil
1 lb. breakfast sausage
1 envelope country gravy mix
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
5 cups milk
Dozen eggs
Black pepper

Mix biscuits according to Bisquick directions, 3 cups baking mix with 1 cup milk. Fold in 1/2 stick room temperature butter and 2 cups of shredded cheese. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat 1 cup canola oil in medium frypan to medium high. Roll biscuit dough into large balls (makes about twelve). Drop dough balls into oil, about four at a time depending on size of pan. 

Moving on to the gravy, heat one tablespoon canola oil and add sausage in large chunks. Brown the sausage, but do not fully cook. Depending on the fat content, remove about half of the grease, but the grease is where the flavor comes from, so reserve at least a little. Add country gravy mix to form a roux, stirring briskly. Add 4 cups milk (less depending on mix directions) and bring to a boil. Add about a tablespoon of butter and generous amount of fresh ground pepper. Simmer for approximately 30 minutes, or until thick and flavorful.

In separate non-stick pan, crack eggs over heated skillet to fry eggs.

Once biscuits (yes - these are deep-fried cheddar biscuits - and yes, I feel my heart constricting) start to expand, or if they start to stick to pan, remove from oil and align in 9x13 pan. Pop in the pre-heated oven for about 8-10 minutes to finish off. The biscuits may not be pretty as a result of the deep fry, but they will be tasty.

Serve as simply as possible - one biscuit, split and one egg, topped with a generous spoonful of gravy. Serves twelve, or less, depending on whether you have someone like the carnivore in attendance. Ahhh, vacation - fattening, delicious vacation.


Manimal said...

Mmmmm, love vacation foods!

Carrie said...

YUM. I never thought of adding a fried egg! Will definitely be making this soon (and no, I'm not on vacation - but I need one!).

And that stove is AWESOME.

W. Mark Felt, Sr. said...

Let me know how it turns out!