People who have family roots in the South are commonly raised with the understanding that gravy pretty much goes with anything. This is especially true when it comes to the holidays. For many, turkey gravy is non-negotiable at Thanksgiving dinner, ham gravy is a must at any Christmas feast, and white gravy is a staple when fried chicken is on the menu. Plus, there is the traditional Southern holiday breakfast—biscuits and gravy.
I was shocked to find out that biscuits and gravy is a southern dish that's not nearly as common in other parts of the country. How does anyone go through life without experiencing the creamy goodness of delicious white sausage gravy on homemade biscuits?
White gravy isn't just for breakfast, though. White pepper gravy is an absolute home run when served with mashed potatoes and fried chicken. If you are looking for the perfect white gravy recipe, you've come to the right place. Not only do we have a delicious, easy recipe that anyone can make, we also have a sausage white gravy recipe with a spicy twist.
If you don't prefer sausage in your gravy at breakfast, then my grandma Gen's white gravy is the perfect choice. This recipe includes the one ingredient that is always on hand in a Southern kitchen – bacon grease.
Recipe notes: If the gravy becomes too thick, thin it out with more milk.
Serve this version with fried chicken and mashed potatoes or hot biscuits.
This version is perfect for a hearty, satisfying breakfast when spooned over hot biscuits.
Cast Iron Skillet
Whisk or fork
For less of a kick, switch out the hot sausage for sage sausage. This recipe can be prepared in a traditional frying pan, however, grandma swore by the cast iron skillet and used a fork instead of a whisk. If you prefer a thinner gravy, add an extra quarter-cup of milk. If you want to go full-on Southern, cook your sausage in some bacon grease. If you don't have bacon grease, add a tablespoon of butter to your sausage while it cooks.
White gravy is an automatic side dish in the South when it comes to chicken. It's excellent for dipping fried chicken tenders from Once Upon A Chef. You can also pour it over chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes.
Sausage gravy can also work for a variety of breakfast dishes, not just biscuits. Use it for breakfast egg rolls, like the ones from Living Locurto. Or pour it over a bowl of eggs and hashbrowns.
Of course, white gravy isn't the only gravy that shines during the holidays. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we'd also like to share our favorite way to make turkey gravy. This recipe is for those who are roasting a turkey this year. The only ingredients needed are turkey drippings, flour, and a little salt and pepper.
This recipe makes about two cups. You can easily scale up this recipe based on your needs. The magic gravy ratio is: for every one cup of drippings/stock, use two tablespoons of fat and two tablespoons of flour.