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Sausage Gravy for Biscuits

As an occasional treat, my husband and I enjoy fresh biscuits with homemade sausage gravy. Here's how to make this simple, but delicious meal.

You will need:

1 tube of your favorite breakfast sausage

1 stick of butter (8 Tablespoons)

1/2 cup (more or less) half & half

1/8 cup all-purpose flour (approximately)

Sprinkle of ground thyme

Salt and freshly ground pepper, optional and to your taste (most sausage is salty, so I don't add salt but I do add a single grind of pepper)

Brown the sausage in a skillet. I do this slowly so that there are no hard, dry pieces of meat in the gravy.

When the sausage is fully cooked, add the butter.

When the butter is melted and bubbly, you're ready to add flour. (Here's what the pan will look like before adding the flour.)

After adding the flour, stir continuously while the flour and butter make a roux. (see below)

When you roux looks like the image above, you are ready to add the half & half. Add the liquid slowly while stirring gently. You want to incorporate the liquid into the roux.

Continue to stir while the gravy begins to thicken and bubble. At this point, it's getting there but it's not quite ready. When the spatula is pulled through the gravy, it closes quickly.

Just a few moments later, it looks like the image below and is perfect and ready to eat. The spatula pulled through the gravy finds the gravy slow to fill back in. (Be careful not to let it get too thick at this point. But don't fret if you do...just add a little more half & half and slowly bring it to this point shown below.)

Great job! You're ready to eat.

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