Best Ever Sausage Gravy

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You know those foods that you taste once and then you simply can’t get it out of your mind? This Sausage Gravy is one of those foods.

You’ll find yourself remembering it (and craving it again!) at all hours of the day. The hints of fragrant rosemary add something unforgettable and after just one bite, many people have told me this immediately became their all-time favorite gravy.

Rosemary Sausage Gravy Recipe - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Would you like the secret behind making the best sausage gravy you’ll ever taste? It’s that little sprinkling of rosemary. A few years, after tasting a rosemary sausage gravy at a restaurant, I started adding rosemary to my gravy when I made it.

That little herb addition takes a simple old-fashioned recipe for biscuits and gravy from being something that we enjoy eating to the level of being something that I crave on a regular basis.

Rosemary Sausage Gravy is a breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorite!

What To Serve With Sausage Gravy

This rich, creamy sausage gravy recipe is the heart of one of my favorite “brinners” – breakfasts that we eat for dinner; although this gravy is always a hit for breakfast as well. Sometimes we dunk toast sticks into the gravy or pour the gravy over hot biscuits.

Sausage Gravy is also heavenly over hash browns with an egg on top. My youngest son’s favorite breakfast for dinner is this Breakfast Poutine: crisp, hot fries and melting cheese curds topped with sausage gravy and a fried egg. What’s not to love?

Crispy fries and melting cheese curds are topped with flavorful sausage gravy and an over-easy fried egg to make this Breakfast Poutine!

Savory Waffles

For the past year or two, my favorite way to serve sausage gravy is over savory waffles. My infatuation with savory waffles started with the Ham and Cheddar Waffles I shared a couple years ago.

In the time since then, they’ve become a regular on our breakfast and dinner table and I keep them in the freezer as well. If you haven’t yet tried them, you’re missing out.

Cheddar and Chive Waffles with Sausage Gravy is a new favorite breakfast, but this gravy is delicious over classic Buttermilk Waffles as well. I’ll even admit that I’ve been known to eat this gravy with a spoon, it really is that good.

Waffles with Sausage Gravy are an unforgettable breakfast! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

How To Make Sausage Gravy

Making a truly excellent sausage gravy is easier than you might think. Start with a sausage that you like. I typically use a country or breakfast sausage.

Crumble the sausage as it starts to cook in a large skillet. Once it has browned, sprinkle with flour and toss well to coat. Add the milk, salt, and pepper.

Let the gravy cook and thicken for about five minutes, while you stir frequently. Add the rosemary, taste the thickened gravy, and add additional salt and pepper only if needed.

Cook an additional minute or two and remove from the heat. The gravy will thicken slightly as it rests. Serve hot.

Rosemary Sausage Gravy Recipe - perfect with biscuits, hasbrowns, or simply with a spoon! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Kitchen Tip: I use this skillet to make this recipe.

Rosemary Sausage Gravy

  1. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook the sausage, crumbling the meat as it browns. Sprinkle the flour over the sausage and stir to coat.

  2. Add the milk, salt, and pepper. Stir while bringing to a simmer and continue cooking for about 5 minutes while the gravy thickens.

  3. Add the rosemary. Stir and taste the gravy, adjust salt and pepper as desired.

  4. Remove from the heat and serve immediately over warm biscuits.

How To Season Gravy

Season the gravy lightly with salt and then taste it, adding more salt, 1/4 or a 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until the gravy tastes right. The amount of salt you need depends on the type of sausage that you use.

Some breakfast sausages are heavily seasoned with salt and pepper and others are very lightly salted. Gravy requires a good bit of salt to bring out all of the flavor.

Classic breakfast sausage should require about 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the “all natural” sausage varieties I’ve used with this recipe require about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt.

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Best Ever Sausage Gravy

3.34 from 3 votes
 The hints of fragrant rosemary add something unforgettable after just one bite.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound mild breakfast sausage
  • 1/3 cup all purpose or brown rice flour
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 - 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary about 2 teaspoons chopped

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, over medium high heat, cook the sausage, crumbling the meat as it browns. Sprinkle the flour over the sausage and stir to coat. Add the milk, salt, and pepper. Stir while bringing to a simmer and continue cooking for about 5 minutes while the gravy thickens.
  • Add the rosemary. Stir and taste the gravy, adjust salt and pepper as desired. Remove from the heat and serve immediately over warm biscuits. Enjoy!

Notes

Season the gravy lightly with salt and then taste it, adding more salt, 1/4 or a 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until the gravy tastes right. The amount of salt you need depends on the type of sausage that you use. Some breakfast sausages are heavily seasoned with salt and pepper and others are very lightly salted. Gravy requires a good bit of salt to bring out all of the flavor. Classic breakfast sausage should require about 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the “all natural” sausage varieties I’ve used with this recipe require about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. 

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal · Carbohydrates: 9g · Protein: 12g · Fat: 18g · Saturated Fat: 7g · Cholesterol: 51mg · Sodium: 406mg · Potassium: 287mg · Sugar: 5g · Vitamin A: 230IU · Vitamin C: 0.5mg · Calcium: 127mg · Iron: 0.9mg
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{originally published 12/22/2015 – recipe notes and photos updated 11/6/19}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. donna says

    i have been wanting a good goof free sausage gravy and here it is on barefeet in the kitchen. The taste is wonderful and pleasant. The rosemary makes it so fresh tasting. Thank you for it.5 stars

  2. Larry says

    I believe the key to sausage gravy is lots of sausage is lots of meat and yours sure fits the bill. I’ll bet it’s great.

    • Mary Younkin says

      This should not have turned out runny for you. Did it thicken as it cooled slightly, Ivy? You can always add a tiny bit more flour to thicken it.