Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Biscuits and Gravy

The other night as I fixed biscuits and gravy for our dinner, I was reminded of how much I like the ease and comfort of this recipe. If you make it this way, its not the heart-attack-on-a-plate dish that you normally think of. Brown a pound of ground beef or ground turkey in a frying pan, seasoning heavily with salt, pepper and lots of sage (dried or fresh sage is fine). Don't drain the fat when finished. Add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour and cook over medium heat for a few minutes. Fill the pan 2/3 full with milk and continue to cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Taste and re-season with more salt, pepper and sage until it tastes like yummy sausage gravy. Serve over fresh biscuits. Add lots of vegetables and fresh fruit as your sides and you have a reasonably healthy meal!

This is our standby biscuit recipe. Fast, fresh and delicious!

Fluffy Baking Powder Biscuits

adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook

2 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour (we tend to do half of each)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter, room temp.
1 cup milk

Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter with pastry knife, fork or just crumble together with your fingers. Should resemble crumbly meal. Add milk and stir until just moistened. Drop onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 450 degrees.

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