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Southern White Gravy (Bacon + Sausage)

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Team bacon or team sausage? Choose one or both with this easy Southern White Gravy recipe.

pan of gravy with a plate of gravy and biscuits
there’s nothing more comforting that southern gravy and biscuits

In our family, white gravy is served all times of the day and was an important dish growing up in Eastern Kentucky. We love it with our jumbo buttermilk biscuits!

what is white gravy called?

This hearty white gravy recipe, derived from bechamel or sawmill gravy, is perfect for smothering over large buttermilk biscuits, potatoes, fried steak, pork or chicken.

We often make bacon gravy for breakfast in our household. This recipe calls for both bacon and sausage, but you may use either if you have a preference.

pan fill of white gravy
pan of white gravy with bacon bits

what you’ll need

  • Bacon – any kind
  • Sausage – breakfast sausage
  • Butter– real butter is best
  • All purpose flour
  • Heavy cream –  makes the gravy creamier
  • Whole milk – you can use only milk instead of cream
  • Salt and pepper– to taste
ingredients for Southern white gravy, including bacon/sausage, heavy cream, flour, butter, whole milk, salt and pepper
customize: bacon, sausage, or both!

how to make white gravy

I made my white gravy with bacon and sausage. Use one or both to your preferences!

  1. Cook the bacon and sausage over medium heat in a large sauté pan until the sausage is no longer pink.
  2. Remove the meat from the pan and melt the butter, then whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Whisk in the milk and the cream and continue whisking until the gravy has thickened.  Then stir the meat back into the gravy.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
gravy in a large serving spooned over an open buttermilk biscuit

faq

what to do with leftover gravy

Store country gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or serve with dinner!

old-fashioned style white gravy

tips for making country gravy

  • I like to use a fatty bacon so it will render down and you can use the bacon grease to make your roux.
  • If the gravy is too thick, you can whisk in a bit more milk.
  • whisk the entire time to prevent clumpy gravy
ladle with white country gravy

what to serve with white gravy

White gravy is best served for breakfast with eggs, breakfast potatoes, toast, southern buttermilk biscuits or pork.

If you’re serving white gravy for dinner, ladle over country fried steak or chicken.

white gravy over biscuits with a fork

Southern White Gravy

Are you team bacon or team sausage? Choose either or both with this easy Southern White Gravy recipe. Perfect for breakfast or dinner!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Breakfast, dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 456kcal
Author: Amber

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 lb sausage
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 5 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream or more milk
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon and sausage over medium heat in a large sauté pan until the sausage is no longer pink or bacon is cooked
  • Remove the meat from the pan and melt the butter, then whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Whisk in the milk and the cream and continue whisking until the gravy has thickened.  Then stir the meat back into the gravy.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve over biscuits, fried steak or chicken.

Notes

  • use bacon, sausage or both for this recipe
  • store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days
  • freezing is not recommended
  • serve over steak, biscuits, or breakfast potatoes

Nutrition

Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 925mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 792IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 1mg

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Benjamin Suhr

Wednesday 17th of August 2022

Good darn recipes

Amber

Thursday 18th of August 2022

Thanks, Benjamin- I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and try them out! -Amber