Biscuits and Sawmill Gravy
I came across a blog called The Art of Manliness, and a discussion of cooking “manly food”. Well this in my opinion is one of the most manly dishes any man (or woman) can make….
Biscuits and gravy…oh how I love thee… This, to me is the soul of comfort food.
Growing up in a Bakersfield “okie”,household most Sunday morning breakfasts consisted of: bacon, fried eggs, sausage patties, fried potatoes, drop biscuits and gravy. I guess it was a throwback to my father’s Texas rancher roots.
At the time I didn’t know there were different types of gravy; sawmill, bacon, redeye…Mom mostly made bacon gravy, since that’s what dad grew up with, I just remember sitting down to mounds of the most unhealthy but, the most delicious breakfast fare ever imagined.
After leaving home, I would try to recapture that wonderful fluffy biscuit covered in hot creamy gravy with bits of meat. I ordered it in restaurants to be miserably disappointed, even in the South. Friends made it for me…wrong, I tried to make it…wrong.
Then I discovered Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet. His cooking show first and then his books. In The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American he had a recipe for biscuits and gravy…eureka! I finally found a way to recreate that bucolic meal of my youth. This was a recipe for ,“Sawmill gravy” made with bulk sausage, years later my mom was making gravy for me and I discovered she had always made bacon gravy but as I said I didn’t know the difference.
Which is better? I like them both…but, sorry mom I like the sawmill version better.
This works great at home, but it really shines when camping. Most people would agree that food is always better eaten, “outside”. The gravy is dead easy and the biscuits while a little harder to do when camping, become easy with a good Dutch oven and some practice. I will write the home method and give some advice for camping after.