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Biscuits and Gravy Platter

A country classic, done with as many shortcuts as I could come up with. The entire meal takes no more than 20 minutes from scratch.

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Biscuits and Gravy Platter

by zirbirt

I called it, "Packaged food gone wild" when I discovered that they not only sold frozen biscuit dough (for like $5 a dozen) but also packaged country gravy. What's in the package? flour? No, all kinds of stuff you should never eat.

I know, you may think, if you're eating biscuits and gravy with tons of sausage, you probably don't care anyhow. But really, you should... Those flavorless, overpriced options are full of additives and chemicals, and not really any easier to make... Especially, if like me, you cheat.

Normal biscuits require you to sift your dry ingredients, then crumble your fat into it, then add you liquid. This makes some really good biscuits but takes a bit of time. Sometimes I don't want to spend a lot of time on my biscuits, so I cheat.

I have a recipe that is very resilient. If you follow my method with a normal biscuit recipe, you will likely have poor results and brick like biscuits.. but with this recipe, you can get away with it, and still have some yummy biscuits.

CHEATERS BISCUITS

2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs butter
3 Tbs Shortening
1 cup milk or buttermilk

Heat your oven to 425 degrees and get your food processor.

Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter and shortening into the food processor and pulse it a few times until it looks about like cornmeal.

Now pour in 1 cup of milk or buttermilk and blend until it forms a dough.

Biscuit makers everywhere are freaking out right now. This is totally wrong, and goes against everything that is a biscuit. Ok, I admit, this will not make those perfect flakey wonderful homemade biscuits that grandma used to make. This will however make a much better biscuit than you can get in a can or frozen or even from a box... and those biscuits will be on the pan and ready to go in, before the oven even has a chance to get warmed up.

Toss the dough out onto a well floured surface

Sprinkle it with flour, then fold. Do this about 4-5 times.. then flatten it out with the palm of your hand to about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.

Then just cut it with a round cutter, or top of a glass or whatever you have handy.

Place the cut pieces onto a parchment lined baking pan, or oiled that's fine too.

Ball up the remaining dough and flatten it down and cut. Keep doing this until you don't have enough dough to make a cut, then just press that down and set it on the pan.

Now, go get a drink, watch a couple commercials, whatever.. but occupy yourself until your oven finishes warming up.

Once the oven is finally warmed up, pop them in there for about 10-15 minutes... and this will come out:

Wondering what those speckles are? That's because I didn't sift the flour and the baking powder. I just tossed them into the processor. It tastes the same, just has that speckled look. For this, I really don't care, and took the easier/faster route, but if you find those annoying, just sift your dry ingredients before blending.

Well, biscuits by themselves are find and dandy, but I want some gravy on these. So lets look at my huge list of ingredients needed to complete my meal.

Sausage Gravy
1 lb pork sausage (I just use one of those tube things you find near the bacon)
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
salt and pepper

Your going to want to use a high sided pan for this.

Start by crumbling and browning your sausage.


Once it is fully cooked, remove the sausage, leaving the fat in the pan.

Pour the fat out, saving 1/4 cup of the fat. To do this, I get a bowl or vessel and a measuring cup. I pour my fat into the measuring cup over the bowl, then when I have my 1/4 cup, I just pour the remaining fat directly into the bowl.

Then put the 1/4 of fat back into the pan, and set it to medium heat. Add in the 1/4 cup of flour and whisk.


let it come to a boil, then let it boil for a few minutes.

Pour in 2 cups of milk and about 1/2 tsp of salt and some black pepper.

Bring the concoction to a boil while whisking regularly. Once it boils it will get thick.

By the time this is done, the biscuits should be finished baking.

While I was waiting for the gravy to boil, I went ahead and cut some potatoes into very small cubes and fried them in a pan, then made some quick scrambled eggs.

I put 2 biscuits, some potatoes and the egg on a plate, then covered all of it with gravy.

What about the sausage? Good question.. I just throw a handful of that right on top.

That's it, and entire meal in about 15-20 minutes without using any packaged nonsense (well except for the sausage of course, but I hardly call that nonsense).

Hope you enjoyed this posting.. As always, thanks for reading!


zirbirt
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