Comfort foods. We all have them and this cool Fall weather has kicked us into the “season” and a desire for our comfort food favorites. For Jason, lately those comfort foods have included two specific requests: chicken nuggets and creamy homemade biscuits and gravy. But, I had a little problem. You see, before a couple weeks ago I had never made biscuits and gravy…I don’t even think I have even really tried biscuits and gravy. For me, I have never been a big fan of ground meats of any kind, so biscuits and gravy had never quite made it to my cookbook list. So, when Jason said that was all he wanted, I admit I was a little nervous about making these as delicious as he remembers. Luckily for me, they are pretty actually a pretty easy meal to make and they turned out great! (They are a big recommendation from me to any other cancer patients out there – if you can handle the creaminess, you can make them as bland or spiced up as you want while still getting some good comfort food).
I made a few substitutions to the traditional biscuits and gravy to make these a little more healthy. We used lean ground turkey and skim milk and I spiced these up with just a little pepper and thyme. I have to admit, even I was a fan of these! We have had them a few nights since our first experimental dinner and both agree these are the way to go to get your biscuits & gravy fix!
- 1 (12 oz.) package lean turkey sausage
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups skim milk
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper (or season to taste)
- Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits or use 1 package buttermilk biscuits
- If making homemade biscuits, preheat oven to 425 degrees and follow recipe, or else follow package directions for store-bought.
- Preheat a deep skillet to medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned. Leave sausage and any grease in the pan and then add the butter and melt, stirring occasionally. Slowly stir in the flour and then turn the heat down to medium. Slowly stir in the milk, stirring until the mixture starts to thicken. Next turn heat on low and let simmer for 12 to 14 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. If too thick, stir in more milk.
- Remove prepared biscuits from oven when they are lightly golden brown. Split biscuit in half and pour sausage gravy over the biscuit. Serve warm.