Comfort food. We all have a favorite. Mine happens to be biscuits and gravy.
This week has been perfect weather for warm comfort foods. It seems that our weather went from Indian Summer to Thanksgiving overnight. The rain and cooler temps can chill one right to the bone. Yesterday was no exception.
I wanted comfort food for dinner. I let Madison pick ~ blueberry pancakes or biscuits and gravy. She picked my favorite. Ah. A girl after my own heart.
What makes it comfort food? For me, it's the fact that it is something my mother would have prepared on a cold, wet night.
The original recipe came from my niece, Marcy. I've modified it to suit our family's taste. You're gonna love the taste. And the name.
Truck Stop Gravy
1/2 # sausage, browned
2 1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
6 oz. cream cheese
In a large skillet brown sausage. In a jar, with a lid, combine milk, flour, and spices. Shake well until flour is mixed in. Pour milk mixture into skillet with browned sausage (don't drain the sausage*). Cook on medium heat for about 3 or 4 minutes. Turn the heat down just a bit, add the cream cheese and stir often until cheese melts and mixture thickens. Serve over biscuits.
*This is not a low-cal or heart healthy recipe. Um, that's why we don't eat it every week. Don't drain the sausage once it is cooked. The grease is necessary for the flour to brown. Trust me on this.
The biscuits ~ Lawman makes them. He's a pro at rolling out biscuit dough. (A talent he gained through his high school days as an employee at McDonalds.) His recipe of choice is on the box of Bisquick.
The gravy recipe can easily accommodate more biscuits than a single recipe makes. So go ahead and make a double batch. If you have extras, they're good warmed in the morning (wrap in foil and put in the oven for best results) served with leftover gravy or butter and honey.