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Get ready to enjoy the Best Sausage Gravy Recipe you will ever try! My recipe for sausage gravy is luscious and rich, with an irresistible buttery flavor and smooth texture. This classic country gravy is delicious over biscuits, fried chicken, and just about any breakfast you can think up. Ready in under 15 minutes in your Instant Pot or on the stove.
Best Sausage Gravy Ever
If you have ever had a good sausage gravy recipe, then you know how irresistible a dish like this is. Sausage gravy is a hearty, satisfying breakfast or brunch recipe that pairs amazingly well with biscuits, English muffins, pancakes, and even fried foods like fried chicken or chicken fried steak.
My recipe for sausage gravy is the best sausage gravy recipe you will ever try, and that's a promise. It has the most rich, buttery flavor, with sweet sage sausage and a tasty kick from steak seasoning.
Give it a try over some crispy biscuits in the morning with a cup of coffee, and you're guaranteed to have a good day. The best part is it's ready in 15 minutes in just one pot, so you don't have to worry about a load of dishes or the time spent making it.
Sausage gravy is a white gravy recipe using the same ingredients as a classic country gravy - butter, flour, milk, and seasoning - in addition to sausage. It is a classic southern breakfast recipe generally served over biscuits as biscuits and gravy. My sausage gravy recipe consists of breakfast sausage, butter, flour, maple syrup, milk, steak seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes (optional).
Sausage gravy can be thickened by adding more flour, though the ratio of flour in this recipe is perfect as-is and will give you the perfect consistency.
Store sausage gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
You can freeze sausage gravy by first allowing it to cool, then storing it in an airtight, freezer-safe container with at least half an inch of space at the top. Because sausage gravy uses milk, do not leave it out at room temperature for over 1 hour. After cooling, move the container to the freezer and label with the freezing date. A heavy duty freezer-safe bag can also be used. Freeze for up to 1 month.
Sausage gravy is even better if you make it ahead of time. Make it up to 2 days in advance, then reheat over low heat in a saucepan on the stove.
Reheat sausage gravy over low heat on the stove for best results. Pour just a little bit of milk in the pan with the leftover gravy and allow it to heat through. Stir as necessary.
How to Season Sausage Gravy
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic powder
- Steak seasoning
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
By using this mix of seasonings, plus maple syrup, the flavor of my country gravy recipe is incomparable. The steak seasoning really brings it all together! I use Chicago steak seasoning, but you can use any you have on hand or like best.
How to Make Sausage Gravy from Scratch
- Add sage sausage to a large skillet over high heat on the stove, or to your Instant Pot set to saute mode. Break up and cook the sausage until browned.
- Stir in butter and mix well until it melts. Then, add flour and stir until you can't see the flour anymore.
- Gradually add milk and stir well. Let it cook a minute or two before adding more milk. When adding more milk, add it slowly and while stirring.
- Let it cook another minute or so before adding maple syrup, salt and pepper, steak seasoning, and garlic powder.
- Allow it to bubble and thicken until it reduces into a gravy. When it sticks to the back of your spoon and is nice and thick, you know it's ready. Optionally, season with red pepper flakes.
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Best Sausage Gravy Recipe
- 6 qt. Instant Pot (if using)
- Skillet (if using)
- Wooden spoon
- 1 pound sage breakfast sausage or other ground breakfast sausage of your choice
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon Chicago steak seasoning or steak seasoning of your choice
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- red pepper flakes to taste, if desired
Instant Pot Instructions
- Set Instant Pot to saute mode and add ground breakfast sausage. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes.1 pound sage breakfast sausage
- Add butter to the sausage and mix it in until it melts completely.3 Tablespoons butter
- Stir in all-purpose flour until fully mixed through and you can't see the flour anymore.⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- Slowly pour in milk, stirring frequently. Do this slowly so the milk does not curdle.3 cups milk
- Add maple syrup, garlic powder, and a pinch of pepper. Mix, then cook another 2 minutes before adding in steak seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. If desired, add red pepper flakes for spice.1 Tablespoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon Chicago steak seasoning, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste, red pepper flakes to taste, if desired
- Add sausage to a large skillet over high heat. Break up and brown the sausage.1 pound sage breakfast sausage
- Stir in butter and mix it in well until it's melted.3 Tablespoons butter
- Add flour and stir until you can't see the flour anymore.⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- Gradually add 1½ cups milk and stir well. Let it cook a minute or two, then slowly add the next 1½ cups milk. Let it cook another minute or so before adding maple syrup, Chicago steak seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.3 cups milk, 1 teaspoon Chicago steak seasoning, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste, red pepper flakes to taste, if desired, 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- Allow it to bubble and thicken until it reduces into a thick gravy. When you can stir it in the pan and it sticks to the back of the spoon and seems very thick, it's ready.
- Always slowly pour milk to avoid it curdling when it hits the hot heat of the pan.
- You can use any breakfast sausage you like, but I love the flavor sage sausage adds to this dish!