Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Another great weekend is in the books.  I am still waiting for my office to give me a four day weekend every weekend, but until then, today its back to the grind.

I had a coupon for two free New York strip steaks at our local grocery store – so I got two steaks that would have cost $9 each free!  Because of that, I splurged on scallops – these six scallops cost $10, but so worth it.  I like to think of Saturday’s dinner as date night in, because there is no way we could have had that dinner for $12 out. Open-mouthed smile

I actually cooked the scallops in a small cast iron skillet that was heated with a bit of olive oil.  Try as I might to get most of the moisture out, they started steaming in the pan vs. getting a nice crust, so I ended up finishing them up straight on the grill.

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The secret to a perfect grilled steak?  Make sure your meat is at room temperature.  I normally take it out at least an hour before grilling.  Generously season with salt and pepper.  And my rule of thumb for medium rare steak – 2x2x2x2 – two minutes on one side in one direction, flip for 2 minutes, then reverse the direction and cook 2 minutes each side again.  I actually use my stop watch on my iPhone!

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For a steak this size, I let it sit for 10 minutes so the juices redistribute.  I ended up making a lemon butter sauce for the scallops and steak – just 2 tablespoons of butter melted with a teaspoon of lemon zest, juice of 1/2  lemon, salt, pepper and minced garlic.

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The scallops were cooked perfectly.  Scallops will always remind me of my Dad.  He loved them, and we would go to Red Lobster and he would always complain that the scallops were too small.  At the time I didn’t know any better, but I don’t think Red Lobster is known for its quality seafood!

It’s days like yesterday that I miss my Dad.  He passed away when I was 32 and he would have been 75 years old this fall!  I hope you were able to spend time with your Dad yesterday!

The picture at the beach was in Nags Head – Mom, correct me if I am wrong, but I think this was when I was 16, so Dad would have been 46 in this picture?  Wow, that’s only a year older than I am now!

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Long time readers know this already, but I was a single Mom until Hannah was 8.  I moved in with my parents for “a year” which turned into five years, but I wouldn’t change a thing because it was the last 5 years of my Dad’s life.  Hannah, being the oldest grandchild, knew him the best.  It wasn’t unusual after church to see them taking a nap together on Poppy’s recliner!

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Since Tony’s son lives in Austin, they just talked on the phone yesterday, but he did have a breakfast request – biscuits and sausage gravy.  If there was ever a better breakfast invented, I don’t know what it could be.

I used Ally’s recipe for the biscuits, simply because her recipe only made 6 biscuits.  If there are biscuits around, I am going to eat them!  My only secret to fluffy, tender biscuits is that I keep some butter in the freezer – when I need butter for biscuits or pie crust, I just shred the frozen butter and it stays super cold when mixed with the flour.

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The gravy is simple too.  This is really enough gravy for four people.

  • 8 ounces Jimmy Dean sage sausage
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • generous pinches of salt and pepper

Brown the sausage.  Sprinkle with the flour and cook for one minute.  Slowly add the milk, stirring pretty constantly.  Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste.

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I was going to have a Green monster for breakfast, well until I smelled the sausage gravy!  Luckily this was my breakfast and lunch and I did snack on fruit later on. Open-mouthed smile

I missed doing Insanity on Saturday – I had my cleaning pants on deep cleaned our bedroom.  We also did some rearranging.  See, I love to sleep.  Love it.  But as we’ve gotten older, if Tony wakes up for any reason, that wakes me up.  So we moved Hannah’s bed into our room – so now we have a queen size bed and a full size bed side by side.  It was glorious sleeping – Tony never woke me up once! Open-mouthed smile

But I made up for it yesterday – it was pure cardio AND cardio abs.  55 minutes!

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Yep, that was a tough one.  Tonight is the Fit Test again and I am curious to see if I’ve improved in two weeks. 

Ever since Tony and I ate at Rudy’s in Austin, we’ve been dreaming about their moist brisket.  We are still trying to recreate it at home.  This was good, but not great.  I think my coals were too hot to begin with.  We will keep trying though!

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Alright, time to get my shit together.  We have June birthday celebrations today, so I made lemon poppy seed granola to make breakfast parfaits with Chobani, I bought a kringle, if anyone is in Wisconsin, you know what that is, and for dessert I made angel food cake with a mixed fruit sauce.

It’s supposed to be 85 degrees today, so I plan on hitting the outdoor pool this afternoon.  What’s your exercise plan today?  Make it a great day!

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54 thoughts on “Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

  1. Okay that picture of Hannah and your Dad is the Most adorable!!!! Funny how life seems to work out for the best even when you didn’t expect or plan it.

    Cheers to a hard workout. I’ve been going to my community gym once a week just to do a hard treadmill workout that I would never do on my own. When it’s programmed in you have no choice right?

    Have a fantastic week Biz!

  2. Mmmm, corn on the cob! For today, I am planning on three 20-minute walks – already got one in before it gets too warm. That gravy looks great, my son would be jealous. 🙂

  3. This is weird Biz, I lost my Dad when I was 32 too and he would have been 75 this year too. Which means your Dad was 62 when he passed away in 2000. Just like mine.

    I miss my Dad a lot too. I don’t care much about Mother’s and Father’s day and I have been out most of the day yesterday so yesterday wasn’t so bad.

  4. I love that photo of Hannah with your dad! It’s great that you guys were able to spend lots of time together before he passed. He would have definitely approved of your scallops! 🙂

    No idea what a kringle is? But I clicked that link and saw the word pastry! I’m in!

    • A kringle is known as a fruit filled pastry, it started in Racine, WI and now we can find them in our Illinois grocery store – so good (and so bad for you!)

  5. Fresh scallops are the best but, not being on the coast, what we get has been frozen (with few exceptions). If you can find “dry packed” frozen ones, they do pretty well. The best ones I’ve had where a few years ago in Rhode Island when my son met the boat and picked some up!! I just made biscuits and sausage gravy. Yum!

    Best,
    Bonnie

    • I can’t even imagine having fresh scallops! It was actually someone at Whole Foods who told me that none of their seafood is ever fresh – they thaw it saw it looks fresh.

  6. Biscuits and gravy have become one of my most favorite foods lately. Our favorite local restaurant serves them for brunch on Sunday’s and it takes everything I have not to go there every week!!!
    Good luck on your Fit Test tonight – I know you’ll rock it!

  7. My dad lives 350 miles away but we had a nice phone conversation. That’s a great picture of Hannah and your pops.

    For me, many things make better breakfast that sausage and biscuits. I’ll eat it though. Mom seems to make it at least once whenever we visit. Great idea about keeping butter in the freezer for the pies and biscuit making.

    Good luck with your fit test, I’m thinking you will see improvement since your last.

  8. awe…sweet pic of your dad and hannah! Looks like she’s laying on a barney pillow case. lol I do remember those well from when my kids were little!

    Your biscuits and gravy are making my mouth water. I made biscuits yesterday as well. Very similar recipe…I mix them all up in the food processor, until I add the buttermilk, They come out great every time. Less mixing = more tender biscuits I’ve found. So yummy. Glad there aren’t any leftover here today, because I would totally be eating one right now!

  9. The beach photo was later, maybe ’93 – because Laura remembers it too. And he looks older than mid-40’s. I had to go look at the album again, what a great time we had that year!

  10. Your dad looks like a big kid in that beach picture – bet he was a lot of fun! And that picture of him and Hannah is just too sweet.

    As I’ve gotten *ahem* older, I don’t sleep through the night. And yeah, it’s worse if I’m woken up – I have a hard time getting back to sleep. Hope the new bed situation keeps working for you!

  11. Love the picture of Hannah and your dad. So sweet! Swimming sounds like such a good idea today! I got my walk in this morning at the local cc track. I want to do the “malibu booty” butt workout i found on pinterest later and a walking dvd. Mon/Tue are my “weekend” so it’s errands and relaxation! Pork roast being made into BBQ and I got the Sweet Baby Rays Honey Chipotle!!!! Can’t wait to try it. Have a great day!

    • Hooray for the Honey Chipotle! I am sure it will be delicious – love your workout plan too!

      • Well I liked the sauce but was a bit bummed out, I was hoping for more spice! I love the chipotle flavor though! I bought a Fiery 5 pepper spice rub and I put a teensy bit on it thinking the sauce would be spicier. More next time! Oh well. Trial and error! Still yummy!

      • I never think sauces are too spicy, but then Tony thinks I have already burned all my taste buds off with all the hot shit I have eaten!

  12. That picture of Hannah and your Dad is priceless. How awesome that she was able to spend time with him when she was young. I’m now craving scallops . . . I wonder if I can find any on sale around here . . . it sounds so good!

  13. I love that picture of Hannah and your dad – how sweet. 🙂
    Pool day for sure today!!! My oldest is already there and I will be joining him after the bebe wakes up from his nap 🙂
    Have a wonderful monday!

  14. I am not a huge biscuits and gravy fan. I was first introduced to it at 14 when I got my first job at a fast food restaurant that shall remain nameless. I had to make the “sausage gravy” one morning. It was a giant bag of “gravy powder” and the sausage was already cooked/dehydrated or whatever into that bag. Add water, and voila! I was gagging while I mixed it, and ever since then, I can hardly stomach the thought! Actually, I still can’t eat at that particular chain…

  15. Sorry about your Dad – I’m glad that you and Hannah were able to live with him (and your Mom) those last few years of his life. I love the picture of your daughter and dad sleeping!!!
    And, I always leave your site hungry!!! You food always looks and sounds amazing!!!

  16. LOVE biscuits and gravy….quite possibly my favorite food in the world, next to fried chicken. This was the meal I always requested my mom cook when I came home from college. I just recently started reading your blog and it has quickly become my favorite…and I’d just like to say, “I really wish I worked in your office.” ha ha. Take care! Lisa

  17. Perfect date night and it looks like a perfect dad.

  18. Have yall been to Charleston? Based on the food alone, I think it’d be your favorite spot!! The biscuits look just perfect. I know you’ve improved since the last fit test- can’t wait to read about it!!

  19. sausage biscuits and gravy is my favorite breakfast which I RARELY have.

  20. Good memories of your dad! Great job on the exercise – I got up early and did my 3 mile outdoor walk this morning – great way to start off a Monday. 🙂

  21. I love biscuits and gravy. I haven’t made it in awhile, I need to remedy that! That is good that you got to spend those years with your Dad and that Hannah did too. You’re doing great on the Insanity, go Biz!!

  22. I’m 32 and can’t imagine losing my Dad so young-that must have been so hard. I almost lost him when I was 28 but thankfully he pulled through, and now I just have to battle with him to keep him on his blood pressure meds. He lost a lot of friends/family this year and I haven’t had to fight him about his meds since February so I guess at least some good has come from all the death. It’s helped Dad see the importance of taking care of his health.

    Amen to biscuits and sausage gravy being the best breakfast ever! mmmmm

  23. We grilled some steaks this weekend too, and I even remembered to season them the night before, I think it makes a big difference! I love the photos of your Dad, I miss mine a little more on Father’s Day as well.

    My exercise plan is exercising the right to not exercise on a Monday!! 🙂

  24. Everything looks so tasty. Your dad was way too young, when he passed. I asked Julie if she knew what a kringle was and she said no. I looked at the link. We will be in Waukesha in October, so we will have to get one.

  25. Awesome date night in – looks so delicious!

  26. I agree that Red Lobster doesn’t have good seafood. I, too, don’t like those little scallops. But those cheddar bay biscuits are addicting! I haven’t been there in years. Too many good places to get seafood around.

    Tonight will be another walk. Only a few more weeks until I can slowly get back into more intense stuff!

  27. Nothing compares to my aunt’s biscuits and gravy. She makes an AMAZING spicy sausage gravy that I’ve never been able to recreate…

  28. My secret is extra pepper in the gravy, but it was almost too much for Tony!

  29. Ok, despite being a California girl now, I’m originally a southern girl (born & raised in Tennessee), so I’m definitely going to have to give that biscuit and gravy recipe a try! Like you, if I make a full batch of biscuits, I just end up eating them all. I’ve tried buying the tiny container of canned biscuits, but just can’t stand them since I was raised on “real” biscuits. Thanks for the link & recipe!

  30. I *love* that photo of your dad and Hannah. That’s precious time right there.

  31. YUM! Steak and scallops! What a great tip for 2x2x2x2!

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