How to Make Biscuits and Gravy Like a Southerner

When you know how to make biscuits and gravy, breakfast will never be the same again!

If you’re searching for a hearty and comforting breakfast dish, you’ve got to learn how to make biscuits and gravy (or biscuits and syrup!). It’s made-from-scratch comfort food at its finest.

Growing up in the South, hearty homemade breakfasts are a way of life. For every sleepover, visitor and special occasion, my mom would prepare a breakfast buffet full of fresh biscuits, waffles, frittatas, quiche, fruit and other country-kitchen breakfast classics.

Why does this dish hold such a special place in so many Southerners’ hearts? It probably has something to do with how quick and easy everything comes together. Using just one pan, cook the sausage, create a roux, wait for the gravy to thicken—then feast.

How to Make Biscuits and Gravy

This contest-winning biscuits and gravy recipe comes from Sue Baker in Arkansas. She promises this breakfast will take you on a trip to the South every time it’s served!


  • 1/4 pound pork sausage
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 – 1-1/3 cup whole milk
  • Warm biscuits

Serve this rich and creamy gravy over warm fluffy biscuits. You can make homemade biscuits or serve store-bought, we’ll never tell!


Step 1: Brown the meat

Using a small skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until no long pink; drain.

Step 2: Make a roux

Add butter to skillet and heat until it is melted. Add the flour, salt and pepper; cook and stir until incorporated. Add the milk, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, continuing to stir until the mixture thickens.

Editor’s Tip: To make this recipe dairy-free, simply use nondairy butter and milk. For a gluten-free version, use a gluten-free flour mix and certified gluten-free biscuits.

Step 3: Serve over warm biscuits

Once the gravy thickens to your desired consistency, serve immediately over biscuits. There are countless ways to make homemade biscuits, but this fluffy, flaky biscuit recipe is a great starting point.

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Jenna Urben
Jenna is a food blogger focused on sharing allergy-friendly recipes. Her favorite ingredients include sweet potatoes, chickpeas and squash.