The recipe I'm posting today is certainly not a healthy recipe and it's not something that you can eat too often. It pretty much negates almost every food rule I try to follow, but it has been a staple at my family's Christmas breakfast as long as I can remember. I did not make it this Christmas because I was not feeling well and had made an easy cranberry-walnut quick bread to take instead. My husband really looks forward to the sausage gravy though, so I promised him that I would make it for us another day. I decided that it would make a good New Year's breakfast, so I just made it this morning. It's a delicious treat that is full of sage flavor that really reminds you of the holidays. I'm not exactly sure where the original recipe came from for the sausage gravy. This is my slightly modified version of the recipe I got from my mother. It will serve about four people.
12 oz. of loose breakfast sausage
1/2 medium white or yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper hot sauce (to taste)
olive oil for cooking
In a large pot, warm about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and onion and break apart the sausage using a fork or wooden spoon. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink and the onions are translucent. Drain any excess fat, return to the pot, and continue cooking over medium heat.
Stir in the sage and poultry seasoning. Add the flour and stir. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the milk and whisk together until all the flour is combined. Add the remaining ingredients (nutmeg through hot sauce). Continue to cook until the gravy begins to bubble and the gravy reaches your desired consistency. Keep stirring/whisking often to ensure the milk does not scorch. Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed.
Serve hot over biscuits and/or scrambled eggs.
What was I cooking one year ago?: New Year's Day lentil soup with mint