Talking of heartwarming stuff, there are some dishes that are just so comforting and satisfying, they deserve a special mention. For me a great example of this is biscuits and gravy which I tried for the first time during our recent trip to the US. Now, I was a little confused as biscuits here are what I guess other countries would call "cookies", so having those with gravy was not exactly on the top of my breakfast wishlist. Once I realised though that biscuits are what we call scones and the gravy a type of savoury white sauce, it made more sense. I tried it, loved it and promised to recreate it at home. So that's what I did this weekend and we were very happy with the result :-) I "slimmed down" the recipe a little by omitting the bacon fat.
A great dish for brunch/lunch or a small evening meal - filling and satisfying and whilst I am sure there are hundreds of variations and handed down recipes for this around, I hope that this version is acceptable :-)
Biscuits and gravy (serves 4)
For the biscuits/scones (makes 8):
300 g self-rising flour
60 g butter
250 ml buttermilk or milk
- Preheat oven to 240 C (fan oven)
- In a mixing bowl, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Blend in the buttermilk or milk with fork just until the dough comes together (it will be sticky).
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for a minute or so (do not overwork the dough).
- Roll the dough to roughly 1 inch thickness and either cut into 8 squares/pieces with a knife or use a 2-inch round cutter.
- Place the biscuits on baking sheet and bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
For the sausage gravy (sauce):
4 - 5 good quality sausages, casings/skins removed
a little butter
30 g plain flour
500 ml milk (you might need less or a bit more, depending on how thick you want the sauce to be - simply add a little at a time until you have it the way you want it)
salt & black pepper
- Remove the sausage meat from the casing and in a large heavy frying pan (preferably cast iron), brown the meat over medium high heat. You are looking for a crumbly texture a bit like when you fry mince meat.
- Add a little butter, flour, salt and pepper and continue to cook (stirring constantly) until the flour begins to brown.
- Now start adding milk, still stirring continuously until you have the consistency you like for the sauce.
Cut the biscuits in half and pour over some gravy. Enjoy!