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Fluffy Biscuits & Gravy 
Sep. 25, 2010 6:03 am 
A weekend favorite that I haven't made in awhile! Hubby had to drive into Atlanta this morning for an appointment, so I got up a little earlier than I would have liked with the intent to send him off with a good Biscuits & Gravy breakfast since I haven't fixed him one in awhile.

My favorite go-to scratch biscuit recipe has become J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits and I have used my own gravy recipes since we were first married; the one I learned watching him and his mother cook at their house in Dahra, Senegal when I went for a visit while we were dating!

I used butter flavored shortening instead of regular, and otherwise followed instructions exactly. I got 5 giant biscuits and 1 smaller one out of the batch today. Usually I get a few more, but I left the dough a little thicker before cutting them this time so they'd be really nice and fluffy!

I don't know the exact amounts I use for my gravy, I've always used about 1/2 lb Jimmy Dean original sausage cooked over low heat for about 8-10 minutes until no longer pink and a good amount of grease in the pan, throw in 2 heaping TBS of whole wheat flour and stir 'til all the grease is absorbed. Then I pour in enough milk to just cover the meat and a little extra, about an inch in depth, crank up the heat to high stirring constantly to keep the gravy from sticking, and then reduce the heat once it comes to a boil and cook another minute or two, still stirring. Remove from heat and let it thicken a little more while I prep the biscuits. This is just enough for one serving at our house, or 3 biscuits. Kenneth eats two swimming in gravy and Kent eats one. I don't eat any, except sometimes I steal a bite from Kenneth. I am just not a sausage fan... which is weird because my favorite McDonald's breakfast sandwich is the Sausage, Egg & Cheese McMuffin... though that's about the only place I will choose to eat sausage and that happens maybe once or twice a year... weird, yes, but I'm ok with it. :)

J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually stir in milk until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  3. Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead 15 to 20 times. Pat or roll dough out to 1 inch thick. Cut biscuits with a large cutter or juice glass dipped in flour. Repeat until all dough is used. Brush off the excess flour, and place biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges begin to brown.
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Rebekah Rose Hills

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About Me
I love preparing meals for my family, I grew up eating home cooked dinners as a child, and felt that time around the table was very special. It gives me a LOT of pleasure to prepare something my family enjoys!
My favorite things to cook
I cook with a lot of chicken, we prefer boneless, skinless breasts. I don't think I have a preference for a certain style of food, or ethnicity. I cook mainly simple, meat and rice/pasta/potatoes kinds of meals. I enjoy trying different flavors and fixing new recipes. We enjoy italian, southern, mexican, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
It's sort of a tradition in our house to have biscuits and gravy every weekend, usually Saturday morning. My husband grew up in the South, and it's comfort food! I love preparing a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner: Roast turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and cranberry jelly... MMMMM!!!!
My cooking triumphs
I think I was pretty thrilled with myself the first time I successfully made a home-made pizza crust. I am also very good with homemade breads, and very proud of my banana and lemon poppy seed breads!
My cooking tragedies
I have two classic cooking tragedies from when I had just started cooking (age 16) - the first time was when I tried to thicken gravy by adding flour directly into the HOT liquid - LOTS of clumps... it was SOO gross! The 2nd time was when I tried to make my first white sauce, and I just could NOT get the flour to milk ratio right, it was pasty and disgusting!!! I've learned a lot since then, but those are classic OOPS memories!
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