The recipe I've chosen for today is incredibly simple to make, and has been a staple around our house since I was a teenager...but first let me give you a little background information.
When I was 14, my parents packed all five of us kids up and moved us to Nashville, TN...Dad had gotten a cushy new job as Food & Beverage Director at (sadly, the now defunct) Opryland USA, and Mom was going to be working at the Grand Ole Opry ticket office. Anyway, we were all in store for some major culture shock, and that included our taste buds. All of a sudden, we were slammed right and left with an explosion of new tastes and flavors, as well as new methods of cooking and new ways to cook old dishes.
Early on, my Mom learned how to make Sausage gravy to serve over biscuits...now mind you, she had been making milk gravy with her pork chops for years, and I HATED that, so I didn't hold out much hope that I was going to like this new sausage gravy stuff. But, as with everything Mom or Dad cooked, if it was brought to the table, we HAD to at least try it. Then if we didn't like it, we didn't have to eat it, but we wouldn't get anything else to eat either.
So on this particular Sunday after church, Mom decided to try the new recipe for sausage gravy that one of her new friends had taught her to make. So she stirred and whisked, fried up sausage, made the biscuits, and it all came to the table piping hot and looking, much to my surprise, not bad at all. And when I tasted it, oh my, what an explosion of flavor! I LOVED it, as did all my brothers and my sister. So, here it is, Mom's recipe for Sausage Gravy, and I hope you love it as much as we do!
Mom’s Sausage Gravy
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
1 pound ground pork sausage
3 tablespoons bacon grease*
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste
1. Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Set aside, leaving the drippings in the skillet.
2. Mix bacon grease into the sausage drippings. Reduce heat to medium, combine with flour, and stir constantly until mixture just turns golden brown.
3. Gradually whisk milk into skillet. When the mixture is smooth, thickened, and begins to bubble, return the sausage to skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
*Although you may be tempted to substitute oil, butter or margarine for the bacon drippings, please don't do that. Bacon grease is a must have for this recipe to successfully replicate that of true Southern sausage gravy. Just try the bacon grease the first time, then, if you must use one of the other fats next time. I guarantee you'll go back to the bacon grease in short order!