Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

Here is an easy way, I think, to serve biscuits and gravy.  It all comes to the table in one dish, and because the biscuits are steam-cooked from the bottom, as well as baked from the top, they turn out very light and fluffy.

I adapted this from a recipe in The Amish Cook At Home by Lovina Eicher. That recipe was a beef casserole, calling for ground beef and even a bit of ketchup. After making it according to the recipe, I knew it would be an easy leap to remake it into a "B&G" casserole. This is a good dish for dinner as well as for breakfast.

Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

1 pound pork breakfast sausage
1-1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1-1/2 cups milk
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
salt and pepper to taste

"Drop" Biscuits:
2 cups flour (all purpose or a mixture of all-purpose and whole wheat)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup cold butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

For gravy, crumble and cook pork sausage in large skillet until browned.  Drain.

Place cornstarch in a medium saucepan then gradually stir in 1-1/2 cups milk.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens.  Stir in cream cheese until melted.

Add cooked sausage to gravy mixture and place in ungreased 2-quart baking dish.  Heat in a 375° oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make biscuits combining flour with baking powder and salt.  Cut pieces of cold butter into flour mixture, then stir in 1 cup milk.  Drop dough by spoonfuls onto hot gravy in baking dish.  Return to oven and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until biscuits are browned (hopefully more so than mine in the picture) and cooked through.

Serves 4 to 6.

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A.Marie said...

I love Amish Recipes, especially recipes by Lovina Eicher; our paper used to publish her column, The Amish Cook, and I was one of her very faithful readers. The column was taken over by her daughter, and she also does a wonderful job. I like what you did to this recipe; it sounds really, really yummy. I like the idea of an all-in-one-dish and my mouth is watering just looking at the picture! :)

Lisa B. said...

Dang woman, we've been under heat advisories, heat indexes over 110 and you keep turnin on your oven! What's up with that? lol

It looks and sounds very yummy. Another good one for this winter for me, cause I dont turn my oven on unless I have to. ;)

Sheila said...

That looks so good. I love biscuits and gravy so this is right up my alley!! I think I actually have everything to make this--which is unusual for me!!! We are under heat advisories too---upper 90's to lower 100's!!

I'm a Frugal said...

Oh man this looks so awesome!! I am going to try this for a dinner recipe with Sticky Chicken Leftovers! Just posted that recipe on my blog this morning so your recipe was perfect timing. Thanks!

Annie Jones said...

A.Marie: I never had a chance to read the original column, but I do like the book. :)

Lisa B: For one thing, cold meals don't cut it for me for supper; I'm not happy unless I have something hot. For another thing, Shane is a construction worker and burns up a ton of calories in a day and he's HONGRY when supper time rolls around, so I fix hearty meals all year. Finally, we have a gas oven, so it heats up quickly and cools off more quickly than electric. I'm sure I generate a lot more heat in the house when I can tomatoes or pickles.

Sheila: Same temps here, but it beats cold and snow in my book any day! :)

I'm A Frugal Girl: Thanks for stopping by! If you make the recipe with the chicken, please let me know how it turns out. Sounds interesting!

SonyaAnn said...

Seriously, please can I live with you? Why am I always so hungry when I leave here!

slugmama said...

Not only am I hungry but I'm fat when I leave!lol

Annie Jones said...

SonyaAnn and Sluggy: Then my work here is done. ;)

slugmama said...

Oh, you are an evil genius, aren't you?