Makeover Biscuits & Gravy Recipe
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Makeover Biscuits & Gravy Recipe

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We lightened up biscuits and gravy to curb our guilt for eating them the day after having pancakes. Here’s a terrific homemade recipe for brunch guests. —Ian Cliffe, Milwaukee, WI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • GRAVY:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound bulk chicken sausage
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 biscuit with 1/3 cup gravy: 308 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 854mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 lean meat.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add buttermilk; stir just until moistened.
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 8-10 times. Pat dough into a 7x5-in. rectangle (about 1 in. thick); cut into six pieces. Place 2 in. apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add sausage and onion; cook 4-6 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up sausage into crumbles. Add garlic, thyme, pepper flakes and pepper; cook 30 seconds longer.
  4. Add broth to pan. In a small bowl, mix flour and milk until smooth; stir into sausage mixture. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 10-12 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Split biscuits in half; serve warm with gravy. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Biscuits & Gravy in Taste of Home December 2015, p34

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Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"So delicious and easy to make! I used Quorn Brand meatless and soy free chick'n tenders instead of the chicken sausage. I used Better Than Bouillon No chicken chicken bouillon.

We will definitely have this again. Thank you, Ian, for sharing this recipe."

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