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Country Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Ruby Van Dyke (Noble Van Dyke)
Added: Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3 cups all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ cup butter
5 tbsp shortening, chilled
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup 7-Up

For Gravy:
Country Milk Gravy:

½ cup ground sausage
2 tbsp flour
¾ cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder together, then add chilled shortening and blend with pastry blender until mixture begins to look crumbled. Make a well in the center and pour in buttermilk and 7-Up. Blend gently with a fork, being careful not to over blend.The dough should remain sticky. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface and sprinkle enough flour over the top to allow you to knead gently two or three times only. Pat into a round shape about 1inch thick. Put butter in a cast iron skillet and place in the oven long enough to melt and coat the pan. Cut biscuits with floured biscuit cutter, dip in butter on both sides and place in buttered skillet. Bake , at 375º for about 15 minutes, until lightly browned on top.

For Gravy:
Brown ½ cup ground breakfast sausage in a saucepan. Add two tablespoons of flour to drippings and whisk. Gradually pour in ¾ cup milk and simmer gently until it thickens into a gravy texture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
12
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
30 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
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Biscuits and gravy are a staple food in many kitchens “down South”. My paternal grandmother, Ruby Binyon Van Dyke, was one of four daughters of Benton Binyon. Her biscuits were haled as some of the best in the county. I remember her telling stories about the outlaws that occasionally rode through their ranch when passing through the territory. The Binyon’s would never turn away anyone that was hungry, so he was welcomed to share a meal with the cowhands.

Note: The sausage can be replaced with bacon grease, and if you don’t care for meat, you can simply use butter. for a "twist" to the traditional method, you can cook in muffin pan, for "biscuit muffins". Another tradition accompaniment my family enjoys with biscuits is warm butter and molasses.
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