The other day, while cascading through Netflix’s labyrinth, I stumbled upon “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” And, oh boy, that sushi magic inspired a six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon-style mental rabbit hole. As I marveled at Jiro’s artistry, I found myself pondering life’s deeper meanings. Because, you know, that’s what happens when you watch breathtaking cinematography of thinly sliced raw fish in the dead of night.
Hours of existential contemplation led to a shocking revelation: to become a master, embracing simplicity is key. Even though I’ll never be an 80-year-old sushi extraordinaire, Jiro’s passion and dedication prompted some serious motivation to elevate my cooking game. My kids, on the other hand, probably prefer their mom’s sushi-less existence.
So, while sushi had me spiraling through a philosophical vortex, my heart and stomach wandered back to my roots. I landed on this down-to-earth Sausage Gravy Recipe. Yes, it’s the polar opposite of sushi, but it showcases the power of simple, comforting, and downright enjoyable flavors. Sink into the heartiness of this crave-worthy meal with me. At least until the universe sends me a sign in the form of a wise sushi sage.
- Sage breakfast sausage – A unique and delicious flavor to the dish, can be substituted with any breakfast sausage.
- Butter – Adds richness and depth of flavor, can be substituted with a butter substitute or olive oil.
- All-purpose flour – The magic ingredient that thickens the gravy, gluten-free flour can be used as a substitute.
- Maple syrup – Adds a touch of sweetness and depth of flavor, can be substituted with honey or agave nectar.
- Milk – The base of the gravy, use whole milk for the richest and creamiest gravy, non-dairy milk like almond milk can be used for lactose intolerants.
- Chicago steak seasoning – Gives the gravy a spicy kick, can be substituted with a mix of paprika, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
- Garlic powder – Adds a nice aroma and flavor, can be substituted with fresh minced garlic.
- Salt and pepper to taste – Essential for seasoning the gravy.
- Red pepper flakes to taste (optional) – Gives the gravy a little extra heat.
- First things first, set your Instant Pot to sauté mode and add in your breakfast sausage. Cook that baby until it’s nice and brown, which should take around 5 minutes.
- Next, toss in your butter and mix it in until it’s completely melted. Once that’s done, add in the flour and stir until it’s completely mixed through and you can’t see any chunks of flour anymore.
- Now, slowly pour in the milk while constantly stirring. This is crucial so the milk doesn’t curdle. Once the milk is fully incorporated, add in the maple syrup, garlic powder, and a pinch of pepper. Mix it all together and cook for another 2 minutes before adding in your steak seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. If you’re feeling wild, you can add some red pepper flakes for some extra spice.
- If you don’t have an Instant Pot, no worries! You can also make this recipe in a large skillet over high heat. Brown and break up your sausage, and then add in your butter and stir until it’s melted. Add in your flour, and stir until you can’t see any chunks of flour anymore. Gradually add in 1 1/2 cups of milk and stir well, allowing it to cook for a minute or two before slowly adding in the next 1 1/2 cups of milk. Finally, add in your maple syrup, steak seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Allow it to bubble and thicken until it reduces into a thick gravy. When it’s nice and thick, it’s ready to go! A couple of notes – always add the milk slowly to avoid curdling, and feel free to use any breakfast sausage you prefer, but we love the flavor of sage sausage in this dish. Also, never be afraid to get creative with your ingredients, use whatever you have at home, turkey or chicken sausage can also be a great alternative. If you are looking for a vegan version, you can use any vegan sausage or even mushrooms!
Serving Suggestions for Sausage Gravy Recipe
Wake up to a comforting breakfast with this delicious sausage gravy recipe! This American classic is not just for breakfast, though. You can serve it for lunch, dinner, or even as a late-night snack. Here are some serving suggestions to help you enjoy this savory dish to the fullest.
Served Over Biscuits:
Sausage gravy and biscuits are a match made in heaven. Simply serve this gravy over a warm and fluffy biscuit for a classic breakfast dish. Add a side of scrambled eggs and some fresh fruit, and you have a complete and satisfying meal.
Who says hashbrowns have to be plain and boring? Serve this sausage gravy over crispy hashbrowns for a unique twist. The combination of the savory gravy and crispy potatoes will have you reaching for seconds.
As a Sauce for Pasta:
This sausage gravy is not just for breakfast! Use it as a sauce for your favorite pasta dish. Whether you prefer fettuccine, penne, or spaghetti, this gravy will add a delicious and comforting flavor to your pasta.
Take your waffles to the next level with this sausage gravy. Serve it on top of a warm and fluffy waffle for a breakfast treat. The combination of the sweet and savory flavors will leave you feeling satisfied and happy.
As a Topping for a Baked Potato:
Baked potatoes are great on their own, but adding this sausage gravy takes them to the next level. Serve this gravy as a topping for your next baked potato, and you’ll never go back to plain potatoes again.
Can you use any type of breakfast sausage for this recipe?
Sure thing! While the recipe calls for sage breakfast sausage, you can use any type of breakfast sausage you prefer. I personally love the added flavor that sage sausage gives to this dish, but feel free to experiment with other types of sausage like spicy or sweet breakfast sausage.
How do I prevent the milk from curdling in this recipe?
Good question! The key is to slowly pour in the milk while stirring frequently. This allows the milk to gradually adjust to the hot heat of the pan, preventing it from curdling. And, as always, a wooden spoon is a great tool to have on hand for stirring!
Can I make this recipe in a skillet instead of an Instant Pot?
Absolutely! The recipe includes instructions for making it in both an Instant Pot and a skillet. Just remember to brown the sausage in a large skillet over high heat, then follow the rest of the instructions as written. And if you’re using a skillet, don’t forget the wooden spoon!
What’s a good alternative to maple syrup?
If you don’t have maple syrup on hand or don’t like the flavor, you can use honey or agave nectar as a substitute. But bear in mind, these substitutes will change the flavor profile of the gravy, so make sure you’re good with that.
- 12-inch non-stick skillet
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Wooden spoon
- 1 lb breakfast sausage (preferably sage)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 4 cups whole milk
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon Chicago steak seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the sausage until browned and crumbled, about 5-7 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter. Stir until melted.
- Add the flour and whisk continuously until fully incorporated, about 2 minutes.
- Gradually pour in the milk while whisking continuously, to prevent lumps from forming.
- Stir in the maple syrup, garlic powder, thyme, basil, oregano, and steak seasoning. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Let the mixture come to a simmer and continue to whisk until it thickens, about 10 minutes.
- If desired, sprinkle with red pepper flakes for a touch of heat.
- Serve hot over biscuits, toast, or any other breakfast item of your choice.
You can adjust the thickness of the gravy by using more or less milk, depending on your preference.
The gravy will continue to thicken as it cools, so remove it from heat once it reaches the desired consistency.