Saturday, August 6, 2011

Biscuits and Gravy

This is the perfect example of why we love really spicy food. Hot italian sausage is the only kind I'll use when making this dish. And sometimes the sausage isn't hot enough, to remedy that I will add cayenne and more red pepper flakes {the sausage already has some in it}. I've also started to make homemade biscuits, they are easy and delicious.


Sausage Gravy

1 lb hot italian sausage
1 teaspoon garlic {granulated}
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cup milk

  • In a large pan add the sausage and cook on medium-high heat. Make sure the sausage is cooked thoroughly.
  • Lower the heat and add the garlic, salt. cayenne, red pepper flakes and flour. Make sure everything is combined.
  • Turn up the heat to high and add the cream and milk. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer, let cook for 8-10 minutes until thickened.


Biscuits
Recipe from Scott Peacock

5 cups all-purpose flour, measured after sifting
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons lard, chilled
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
melted butter, to brush on top after baking

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees and make sure the rack that you'll be baking on is in the upper third of the oven.
  • To a large bowl, add the sifted flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Mix in the lard {don't over mix}.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix just until it's combined.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and knead about 8-10 times. If needed, use a rolling pin to make the dough more uniform. The thickness should be from 1/2-3/4 inches.
  • When cutting the dough, make sure not to twist the circular cutter, only press it down into the dough.
  • To prevent sticking place the cut biscuits on a baking pan that either has parchment or a baking mat.
  • Cook for 12 minutes, rotating once. Once cooked, remove from the oven and brush each biscuit with melted butter.
  • Turn the broiler on and return the biscuits to the oven. You only want to do this if the biscuits did not brown enough. Only leave them on there for 1-2 minutes.
 

Enjoy!


Ashley