Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lightened Up Sausage Gravy


Lightened Up Sausage Gravy

Did you really think I would leave you hanging like that?  Give you a biscuit recipe without giving you the sausage gravy recipe that I was so hungry for?

You probably know me better than that.   And here it is – and it’s a lightened-up recipe, to boot.  But truthfully, there is really nothing special about this gravy – it’s your simple, straight-forward flour, milk, salt and pepper sausage gravy.

Except (did you know that was coming?) that is has one little special ingredient – chicken sausage.  We are big fans of chicken sausage and I happened to find some breakfast-style chicken sausage made by Bilinski Sausage that proved to be perfect for gravy!  They are a small family-run business on the east coast and they pride themselves on providing quality, organic ingredients that are antibiotic-, gluten-, and casing-free.  We loved the flavors that we got to try!  I simply used it in place of ground pork sausage, of which, I’m not really a fan.

Lightened Up Sausage Gravy

This sausage gravy isn’t missing any flavor of your grandmother’s recipe.  All it is missing is a lot of calories and fat…which are made up for with the Garlic Cheddar Beer Biscuits.  Balance, people.  We are all about balance here.

Need a biscuit recipe?  Try these:

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Garlic Cheddar Beer Biscuits
Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits from Confections of a Foodie Bride
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Sweet Potato Biscuits from Taste & Tell

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Lightened Up Sausage Gravy

Yield: 4 servings

Cook Time: 30 min 2

Rich and creamy sausage gravy - lightened up with chicken sausage! Perfect for topping your favorite biscuits or toast!


8 ounces breakfast-style chicken sausage
1 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 tsp. fresh sage, chopped
2 Tbs. flour
2 cups milk (2% works best)
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 Tbs. butter
Salt & pepper to taste


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the oil, mushrooms, thyme and sage and stir well. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes until the mushrooms are browned and softened.

Sprinkle the flour around the pan and stir well to disperse. Cook for about 2 minutes then slowly stir in the milk. Add the nutmeg, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until the gravy thickens, about 10 minutes. Add the butter and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with biscuits or toast.

Cassie's Notes:
Variations to this gravy: to make the gravy with breakfast sausage, crumble about 3/4 pound of breakfast sausage into a large skillet. Omit the added oil and continue to follow the instructions above.

To make this vegetarian, omit the chicken sausage and use soy crumbles. Follow the directions as necessary, note that you might need to add additional oil if the soy crumbles to not release any fat of their own.

Lightened Up Sausage Gravy


38 Responses to “Lightened Up Sausage Gravy”

  1. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — March 21, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    Love that this is lightened up. REALLY love that you put mushrooms in it!

  2. #
    Tieghan — March 21, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    I love that you made this lighter! I really want to try it since it is currently snowing like crazy and I want some comfort food!

  3. #
    Valerie | Pursuit of Sweetness — March 21, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    I’m not sure that my boyfriend would be ok with this…but I sure am! I love the addition of mushrooms too. Maybe I could at least sneak a couple of those into our normal sausage gravy without him noticing 😉

  4. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — March 21, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    Holy gravy! Cassie, this just made my day! Love me some gravy!

  5. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 21, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    My husband is going to LOVE me when I try this out for him. He loves sausage gravy with biscuits.

  6. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 21, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    Yummo! This has been on my to-do list for quite some time. I have a recipe I’ve made forever, that my husband adores. But it’s all about cream of mushroom soup from a can. This looks fabulous!

  7. #
    Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer — March 21, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    I have great memories as a kid eating sausage gravy! Love this!

  8. #
    Kelly — March 21, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    This sounds great! I think I would surprise my entire family if I whipped this up for brunch this weekend! 🙂

  9. #
    Joanne — March 21, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    I occasionally regret that I never got to try sausage gravy before I became a vegetarian. It just looks so creamy delicious.

  10. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — March 21, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    Sausage gravy sounds incredible! I’ve never heard of it till now and I have to try it!

  11. #
    Deborah — March 21, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    I love sausage gravy, but never thought to do with chicken sausage. Love!

  12. #
    Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan — March 21, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    This sounds so yummy! I have never seen a gravy recipe use chicken sausage before – great idea.

  13. #
    Angie — March 21, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    I need this in my life now! Yummy!

  14. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — March 21, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    Tis the season for lightened up recipes! This sausage gravy looks as good as the full fat version and the mushrooms are a nice touch.

  15. #
    Carla @ Carla's Confections — March 21, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    I like the way you think! Balance! 😉

  16. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersiedoesweet — March 21, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    Love this. My stepdad used to make sausage gravy all the time when I was a kid. I like the healthier way!

  17. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — March 21, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    This is my favorite breakfast item of all time. I cannot pass it up if it’s on the menu. I love that you lightened it up! Looks fantastic Cassie.

  18. #
    Elena — March 21, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    I love love love mushrooms!!!!! You combined all my favorite ingredients in this recipe! By the way, I’m hosting a link up and would love to see your recipe there!

  19. #
    Shannon — March 21, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    This looks so good Cassie! Love the photos too, it’s hard to make sausage gravy look appetizing!

  20. #
    Nik@ABrownTable — March 21, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    This sounds and looks fantastic!

  21. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — March 21, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    OH this looks so good. I love sausage gravy so so so much. I could make this with just mushrooms too for my husband and kids.

  22. #
    Jackie @ Domestic FIts — March 21, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    There is nothing better than biscuits and gravy!

  23. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 21, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    Love the mushrooms, great idea!

  24. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — March 21, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    This looks heavenly. My husband is a huge fan of sausage and gravy, I’m eager to try it with the chicken sausage now.

  25. #
    tanya — March 21, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    My husband loves sausage and gravy, but I can’t bring myself to make it for him knowing what usually goes into it! However, this recipe changes everything! I can feel good about this recipe! I’d probably end up eating more than him!

  26. #
    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! — March 21, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    Chicken sausage is a favorite in my house. This looks great!

  27. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — March 21, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    Such a good idea, love the chicken sausage and the mushrooms.. yumz!

  28. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 21, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    This is too fab for words. Sausage and biscuits is my ultimate guilty pleasure breakfast. Adore that you lightened it up! Guilt be gone!

  29. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 22, 2013 @ 2:34 am

    Oh goodness, sausage gravy is much needed in our house! And Jason just got back from SF so he will be over the moon when I make this for him!

  30. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — March 22, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Ooooooooooooooo me waaaaanntttaaaa!

  31. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 22, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    This sounds great!!! Love me some good gravy. 😉

  32. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — March 22, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    One of my favorite breakfast foods! But I’ve never actually made it at home — gonna have to try this.

  33. #
    Kristen — March 23, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Oh – I’ve never tried chicken sausage! I have tried sausage gravy though and am all over this recipe. Would be great over chicken fried steak 🙂

  34. #
    Kirsten/Comfortably Domestic — March 23, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    Oh, Cassie! I whipped this up this morning with ground turkey sausage. My boys where thrilled to wake up up to the sage-y aroma of sausage gravy and fresh buttermilk biscuits. Thanks for helping make our Saturday morning special.

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