I have a love of Southern Breakfast foods and that includes Grits, Country Ham, Chicken Fried Steak and especially Biscuits and Gravy. Since going Gluten Free and Lactose Free, it has taken me a while to figure out how to make them differently. Biscuits are relatively easy now with the development of good Gluten Free flour blends like Cup4Cup and Bob's Red Mill 1to1 so that's covered. But making Sausage Gravy required that I substitute Chicken Broth for the Milk and I use Sticky Rice Flour to thicken it. And you know what? I like this version even better than the traditional Sausage Gravy made with Milk Now, if you want to use Milk, go right ahead. This recipe will still work and taste great, but if you add a little Chicken Broth too, it gives it a wonderful savory taste that is so good! Another option is to use mostly Chicken Broth and then add a little Whole Cream too. I like to add a little bit of Red Onion sautéed in Ghee (Ghee is Lactose Free) to amp the flavor. I also like to add more Sausage than is traditional. It's great over toast too if you don't feel like making biscuits and this recipe can easily be doubled. If you are a fan of Sausage Gravy, I think you''ll like this version!
Savory Sausage Gravy
1/4 pound Pork Breakfast Sausage (I used Jimmy Dean Natural)
2 Tablespoons Ghee (or Butter or Oil)
2 Tablespoons Red Onion, minced
2 Tablespoons Sticky Rice Flour (Mochiko)
1 1/4 cups Chicken Broth (I use Swanson's Natural Goodness)
sprinkling of fresh ground Pepper
Heat the Ghee in a frying pan and add in the Red Onion. Cook until they soften. Then add in the Sausage and break if up with a spatula. Cook until it is no longer pink. Then add in the Sticky Rice Flour and stir until well combined. Then add in the Chicken Broth and stir. Cook until thickened and sprinkle with Black Pepper. Serve over split biscuits or toast.
Five Element Analysis
This Gravy isn't meant to be eaten by itself, but it does have some of the Elements covered well. The Pork Breakfast Sausage brings in the Water Element. The Sticky Rice Flour Ghee and Red Onion contribute some Metal. The Chicken Broth adds the Wood Element and the Pepper makes sure that the Fire Element has a tiny bit of representation. Served with Biscuits made of Gluten Free Flour, you will be adding more Metal from the Rice Flour and some Earth from the Tapioca Starch. Serve this with Coffee or Tea that adds some Fire and you have a fairly balanced breakfast!