Thursday, January 14, 2010

Foodie Friday - Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

I was born in Arizona and I'm of Hispanic descent. My dad is from Mexico and my mom is from Texas. I now live in California, the closest I've come to being a Southern Belle is an online friendship with a dear friend from Alabama who has now passed away.

Yet for some reason, this past Saturday I thought I should make Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. I've only eaten Biscuits and Sausage Gravy once before and even then they were made by my friend Stacie who is Hawaiian and she used Portuguese sausage. Delicious yes but not exactly Southern right?

But I do live in Bakersfield, the Little Nashville of the West. Home of the late and great Buck Owens. Surely I can handle making Biscuits and Gravy.

Here's a picture of my biscuits. I used flour, baking powder, shortening, salt and milk. I think I should have sifted the flour one more time and not kneaded it as much.

The biscuits tasted ok, a bit bland, maybe I should have used butter instead of shortening. They weren't light and flaky...but they weren't exactly hockey pucks either. Maybe practice makes perfect? I'll just have to keep trying. Anyone with any tips out there they would be greatly appreciated.

I only had half a roll of sausage, this is Jimmy Dean sausage. I think maybe I would have preferred a spicier sausage but maybe that's my Hispanic side coming out. Tips of what type of sausage would also be appreciated.

All in all, they were pretty good. My mom who is a very picky and finicky eater ate a whole biscuit with quite a bit of sausage and gravy. I thought they were great and thought maybe they would be better with plain ole Grands store bought biscuits, but NO...I want to learn to make a light and flaky biscuit.

This next lovely dish is a meal my daughter prepared for herself in her own new little apartment and I'm so proud. She's really a pretty good cook, actually a pretty good baker, but she's turning into a pretty good cook. Doesn't that look yummy? The chicken is one I make that she loves. I call it Chicken Medallion, she calls it Sriricha Chicken and it's sauted with Sriricha Hot sauce. It's spicy and delicious. I just take the medallions of chicken and saute them in a pan with some oil, garlic powder, seasoning salt and pepper. When they're browned I add Soy Sauce and the Sriricha Sauce. Simple and spicy and tasty!

And that's my foodie post. I'm linking up to Designs by Gollum's Foodie Friday. Be sure you stop by and see what's cooking with everyone else! Happy Friday!


  1. Alicia, biscuits and gravy is one of my all time favorite meals. I don't like the sausage in my gravy but if I were going to make it that way I would definitely use a spicy sausage. And as for the biscuits, I use the grand in a can.

    Mexican food and southern food are my two favorite cuisines to eat.

  2. Oh Alicia sweetie...
    What time is breakfast because I am coming on over for biscuits and gravy. Sweetie they are the best I tell you. Nothing better than biscuits and gravy.

    I make my gravy with hamburger instead of sausage. It makes a really nice gravy from the grease and I like a real milky gravy. I have finally perfected it over these almost 34 years and I have even taught each of the kids to make it too. I could eat this (3) times a day for our meals.

    Love it and you did OUTSTANDING for a first timer sweetie. You took the first step and that is to try. So many people are afraid to even try. Oh I made some horrible gravy and biscuits when I was just learning, but my sweet, DH never complained, he would choke down every bite, and it encouraged me to try harder. I did, and I have, and we are all happier for it too.

    Thanks for sharing sweetie. I loved this post. You hit home with me. Country hugs sweetie..>Sherry

  3. You make your biscuits and gravy they way I was taught: hamburger gravy, very milky. My ex-husband's family was from Texas and I learned how to make that and ice tea! Way back when.

  4. Alicia, Your biscuits look great. I am not from the south either and love sausage gravy over biscuits. But my poor biscuits are hockey pucks!

    This recipe is making my mouth water!

  5. Alicia, your biscuits, indeed your entire post, is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your photos with us. I hope you are having a wonderful Foodie Friday. I love your blog and will be back often to visit.

  6. My favorite meal is gravy and biscuit. Thanks for the recipe. Your blog is so cute. Doylene

  7. I will use this and call it a sandwich. Looks awesome. Keri (a.k.a. Sam)

  8. Alicia, you know what? I just had lunch, and now I'm hungry again -- just looking at your photos. I'm going to make biscuits this weekend. I got a new crock pot, and I am going to make stew and biscuits. Thank you for the suggestion!


  9. As a bonafide Southerner, I can say your biscuits 'n gravy look authentic and delicious. :-) This is pure comfort food.


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