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June 29, 2015

Biscuits & Gravy Recipe: So Good Guests Lick the Crumbs Off the Floor

Posted by: Nancy Skee

Okay, so that's really not what my guest is doing on the floor. There's another story around this Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast picture, but I'll get to that in a moment. First, let's talk about this knockout recipe that I love to serve because it's easy to prepare and is always a crowd pleaser. I like to plate it with scrambled eggs and Not Your Mom's Sweet Potatoes, and when we clear plates, that's all we clear are empty plates - not a scrap left.

Here's what you'll need:

1 lb. of bulk breakfast sausage such Bob Evans or Jimmy Dean (I think the off-brands are sometimes too fatty when they cook down, and you don't get enough meat.)
T or two of bacon drippings, optional
1/3 c. flour
3 c. milk + option extra for thinning
t. or two of paprika
Pepper to taste.

Here's what you'll do:

1.Brown the sausage in a large skillet, and please brown it, not just gray it. You'll know what I mean as you cook it. Do not drain. I add the bacon drippings at this point if I happen to have any. It gives it another layer of flavor but is still delicious without.
2. Sprinkle the flour over the browned sausage and stir to coat.
3. Add the three cups of milk, cold is fine. Add paprika and stir. My Hungarian mother advises the use of paprika in most savory dishes, so for me reaching for the paprika is an ingrained habit. Besides the subtle flavor, I like the color it gives the gravy.
4. Cook on low until thickened, about ten minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
Serve hot over freshly baked biscuits, then stand back. Save a little out for yourself because there won't be any left over, guaranteed.
5. This sits on my stovetop warming during breakfast at the Inn, so it cooks down a little bit and continues to thicken. If that happens and you want to thin it out a tad, just add some more milk, no worries. You would have to work hard - like leave the kitchen and go get a pedicure -  to mess up this recipe. It always turns out amazingly well.

Now,  a circuitous route back to that photo. I have so much fun with my guests; some people you feel that you've known forever even though they've only been around a day or two. Some of them return and it feels like family is coming home. Susan and Roger have already revisited and want to come over and help me next year. The Birkenstocks are returning this summer for their third stay in eight months. The Oostings, who are now middle-of-the-night smoke alarm experts, will be out to visit again in a few weeks. I love seeing these people and many, many others who stay with us.

Anyway these ladies, Darlene and Karen who were at and under the table on Biscuit and Gravy Day, fall into the I've Known You Forever category. The whole household laughed and talked and ate and talked and ate and laughed, and then Karen spilled her coffee. Being a good brand-new friend, she decided she would clean up the spillage, and I caught her in the act. You have to know that I don't take or post anyone's picture without permission, so you can see what a good sport she was. I don't remember if if her swabbing the floor was before or after Darlene cleaned out the pool. I really must revisit the whole summer work camp idea. Still waiting for someone to dig that fire pit so we can gather 'round it and sing Kumbaya. Hmmm.

Work camp aside, I would love to have you out for a visit and meet you for the first time, or get together with you for a revisit. Choose a room and don't worry. You won't have to dig a fire pit or even make your bed. Come relax on the balcony, have breakfast on the beautiful side porch, then sit around the pool and soak up the sun. Summer will be over before you know it, and I'd be happy to help you get the most out of it. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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