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Simple Savory Sausage Gravy on a yellow plate with fresh fruit behind.

Simple Savory Sausage Gravy

This recipe for Simple Savory Sausage Gravy is the perfect balance of heat to spice to sausage to the creamy gravy
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breads – Biscuits & Muffins, Sauces, Dressings & Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 - 6 ounces breakfast sausage
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 - 3 cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon or to taste Slap yo Mama (or a mixture of ¼ teaspoon each cayenne, season salt, and garlic powder)
  • Pinch of dried thyme
  • Pinch of dried sage if leaves use your fingers to pulverize it
  • Generous amount of freshly ground black pepper


  • Using your fingers, break the breakfast sausage up into small pieces into a large skillet, heat over medium heat and when it starts to sizzle, add the butter, cook stirring, until the meat is no longer pink. Add half the flour and stir until absorbed into the butter and coats the sausage, continue adding the flour little by little, stirring it around until it has all been used and the pan looks dry. The flour will just start to brown, about a minute more.
  • Slowly add 2 cups of milk, stirring constantly until it thickens, adding more milk as needed. This process can take up to 10 minutes, so don't add too much all at once, add as needed until you get a nice thick "gravy". If the sauce becomes too thick, add more milk in small amounts.
  • Once the gravy is nice and thick, add the Slap yo Mama or equivalent, thyme, sage, and black pepper. Stir, and taste. Adjust seasonings and serve immediately over warmed halved biscuits.


This recipe can easily be doubled or more.
Serve this savory sausage gravy over some Tender Homemade Buttermilk Drop Biscuits.
Keyword biscuits and gravy, easy savory sausage gravy, sausage gravy for biscuits
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