Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Cream Gravy
For the biscuits:
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup cold buttermilk
For the Sausage Gravy:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces uncooked breakfast sausage, casings removed
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine salt, plus more as needed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 1/2 cups whole milk
For the biscuits:Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
Whisk the measured flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl to aerate and combine. Add the butter pieces and toss to just coat them in the flour mixture. Place the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, and working quickly so as not to soften the butter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it’s in pea-size pieces. Drizzle in the buttermilk and stir just until a moist, shaggy dough comes together.
Generously dust a work surface with flour. Scrape the dough out onto the surface and dust the top with more flour. Using floured hands, gently pat the dough into a 1-inch-thick circle.
Using a 2-1/2-inch round cutter dipped in flour, cut out as many biscuits as possible (press straight down through the dough—do not twist the cutter, or the biscuits will not rise properly). Transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking sheet, spacing them at least 1 inch apart. Gather the scraps into a ball, pat it into a 1-inch-thick circle, and cut out more biscuits.
Repeat as needed until you have 8 total. Discard any remaining dough.
Bake until the biscuits have risen and are golden brown on top, about 15 to 16 minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack. Meanwhile, make the gravy.
For the gravy:
Heat the butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until foaming. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until it’s no longer pink and is starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium. Sprinkle with the flour, measured salt, measured pepper, and cayenne. Cook, stirring frequently, until the raw taste of the flour has cooked off, about 1 minute.
Gradually stir in the milk, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Continue simmering, stirring often, until the mixture has thickened slightly, about 1 minute more (the gravy will continue to thicken as it sits). Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed. Keep warm.
To serve, split the biscuits in half horizontally and top with the sausage gravy.
Recipe shared from: www.chow.com