biscuits and breakfast gravy

Breakfast Gravy

September 3, 2013Danita

biscuits and breakfast gravy

Southern Favorites #2 Breakfast Gravy

When I think of Southern favorites the first thing that comes to mind is buttermilk biscuits.  Next, I think about what would go with those biscuits.  My son’s first response is, “Gravy”.  By that, he means breakfast gravy, sometimes called sausage gravy or white gravy.  (Up north it would be similar to the chipped beef on toast gravy )

This is a Southern breakfast “staple”.  It makes a hardy meal that, as my mom would say, “sticks to your ribs” (meaning you won’t get hungry before lunch).  My husband grew up eating this and to make it special on birthdays or other holidays his mom would add food coloring to make it their favorite color.  They thought that was wonderful, although I must say, blue gravy does not look very appetizing.  

Our son loves it, too.  He even told me it’s his favorite breakfast food.  I made this yesterday morning (Labor Day) and since he and I are the only “early birds” in the family he ate ALL the gravy by himself.  (I made Dad more later)  It doesn’t take long, uses basic ingredients, and the recipe doubles easily so it works well no matter how many are being served.  We eat it as a single breakfast food or as a side dish with eggs and bacon.  

Here’s the Recipe:

2 Tablespoons butter or margarine Ingredients for gravy

2 Tablespoons flour

1 cup milk

salt and pepper to taste





melt butter for gravy Melt butter over medium heat in a small sauce pan

making a roux Add flour to butter, stirring to form a roux*

roux Cook roux, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute.  

add milk to roux Add milk and whisk to combine.  Bring to a low boil and reduce to low heat.

boil gravy until thick Boil on low heat, stirring frequently, until thickened

Breakfast gravy Serve immediately.  If it should get too thick just add a tablespoon of milk and reheat.

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 How did you spend your Labor Day morning?

*A roux is equal amounts fat (oil, drippings, butter or shortening) and flour combined and used as the base for sauces or gravy.

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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 2 Tbsp butter or margarine
  2. 2 Tbsp flour
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a small sauce pan
  2. Add flour and stir to make a roux
  3. Cook stirring constantly for about 1 min
  4. Add milk and stir
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Continue to boil over low heat, stirring frequently, until thick
  1. To make sausage gravy add cooked sausage when gravy is done.
  2. For "real" sausage gravy cook sausage and use "drippings" instead of butter. When gravy is done add cooked sausage to it.
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  • Stephanie Cox

    April 8, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    When my Mom was visiting, I had her made her gravy for us. It’s my favorite and I don’t know what it is, but I can’t make like she does!

  • Eatbreathetravel (@SuggsTravel)

    April 8, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    I had no idea that is all it takes to make this gravy. I would have done this a long time ago! Thanks

    1. Danita

      April 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Yes, it’s really quite easy. Enjoy!

  • Shauna – The Best Blog Recipess

    April 8, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    I Love homemade biscuits and gravy! Wanted to stop by and Pin 😉

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

    1. Danita

      April 8, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      Thanks Shauna!

  • Jennifer B

    April 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Mmmm, biscuits and gravy. I’m in Florida which I know isn’t exactly southern, but I love this dish nonetheless, haha.

    1. Danita

      April 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      It doesn’t get much more “south” than Florida…at least in geography. I understand what you mean, my husband grew up in Florida and it’s quite a mix there. He has a “southern Mamma” so he got it all…except the accent. 🙂

  • aimee fauci

    April 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    My husband never understood my love for biscuits and gravy.. too bad I’m not young again so I can enjoy them like I used to!

  • Paris Anderson

    April 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Yum! I love Biscuits and Gravy and I even have it on my meal plan for this week but I always use the packet – this week I am using your recipe. I’ve pined.

  • Christine

    April 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    I live in Georgia. Needless to say a good gravy and biscuits recipe is important! I’ll give this a try! Thanks!

  • Ricci

    April 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    This looks amazing!!! I used to go to church camp every summer growing up and they had the BEST breakfast gravy!! This recipe reminds me of that!!

  • Amy A

    April 8, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Yum! A classic!

  • mishmashmamablog

    September 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    My husband loves biscuits and gravy. Thanks for the recipe!

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