Happy Monday! Every work week should start off with biscuits and gravy. Especially when that recipe comes from Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings. If you did not get this book yet, go and get it. Best investment ever. Literally. I happened to kick off our weekend with this delicious dish and when I tell you it was the best weekend ever, I mean it. Maybe it was just luck, but I’m convinced this dish had something to do with it. It’s simple and tasty what more could you want for a delish breakfast? My favorite part is the maple cream glaze that’s brushed on the tops of the biscuits. It adds some serious flare to this breakfast. I devoured it and did not feel the least bit embarrassed #sorrynotsorry. It was so good, I 100% planned on leftovers for dinner. I mean, breakfast for dinner. Enough said!
For some reason this recipe got me thinking about using up what we have in the house. I tend to want to try all these recipes that use various ingredients that I may use again, but usually not. We’ve also fallen into a trap of eating out a ton. I love cooking at home, it always feels so good to eat something we make and appreciating what goes into it. Not every recipe needs to be complex and use a million ingredients to be good. One of my goals following Earth Day was to have less food waste. So, next week, I am going to shift gears to share some recipes using up items that we have in our fridge, freezer and pantry. I also want to share some stock your freezer for the summer….yup!…..ideas/recipes. For me, living in New England in particular, the winter is the best time to stock your freezer. IT’s cold, snowy, and you can have comfort foods in a matter of minutes. But in the summer, I like equally quick meals. Maybe it’s pre-marinated meat, or flash frozen veggies I can toss into a soup or on the grill. Maybe it’s pizza sauce so we can grill some pizza. Whatever it is, I want to make sure we l eave plenty of time to play outside this summer.
So with that, I will leave you with this simple, and delicious, biscuits and gravy comfort food dish.
For the Maple Cream
For the Gravy
- 3/4 lb breakfast sausage, casing removed, crumbled
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground sage
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups whole milk
- red pepper flakes to taste
For the Biscuits
- To make the maple cream, combine the cream, syrup and salt. Whisk together and set aside.
- To make the gravy, in a skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat until browned. Reduce the heat and add in the butter and stir to melt. Sprinkle in the flour and mix together until the sausage is coated and the flour is dissolved. Add in the milk and increase the heat. Stir the mixture until thick, about 10 minutes. Add in the pepper, red pepper flakes, salt and sage. Let the mixture boil for another couple minutes. Re-heat the gravy once you are ready to serve!
- To make the biscuits, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In a food processor, add in the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Pulse a few times to combine. Add in the butter and pulse about 15 or 20 times until the mixture is coarse. Remove the mixture from the food processor and place in a large bowl. Add in the buttermilk and combine just until the ingredients are moist. Do not over mix!!
- Generously flour your work surface AND YOUR HANDS. I missed this step and it's a sticky mess, so flour your hands. Turn the dough out onto the floured surface and knead about 4 times folding it into itself each time. pat the dough out into an 8 inch square and cut into 9 pieces. Place the biscuits onto a prepared baking sheet, You will want to place the biscuits very close to each other.
- Brush the tops of the biscuits with the maple cream. Place in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the maple cream again, with one minute remaining.
Adapted from Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings.