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For many years, Ralph has wanted to learn how to make “Daddy’s” famous ‘Sausage & Tomato Gravy’ with our Morgan-style ‘homemade biscuits’…. well….today was his LUCKY day…
I was in the mood to show him:)….Hunting buddies….you can “thank” me later!!!
First…we started off with the biscuits…
2 1/4 cups of biscuit mix
2/3 cup of milk…which, by the way…we just ‘eye ball’
1 pat of cold butter that we ‘cut’ into the mixture before adding the milk
1 pat of butter that is melted in a cast iron skillet in the oven set at 450 degrees
1 tbs. flour…reserved for dusting
Mix these ingredients together..careful not to overwork the dough…
form the biscuits by placing a handful of dough in a plate that you have placed flour in and then by rolling them in your hands, like you would cookies…
then, carefully roll the biscuit in the butter that was melted in the cast iron skillet on both sides and place in the skillet for baking.
Do the remaining biscuit dough in this manner until all dough has been used or the skillet is full.
Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown.

Next….we started on the ‘Sausage & Tomato Gravy’….he nicely sliced one link of sausage into about 1/8th inch slices….(keep in mind, this is HIS yummy deer sausage that he had made this hunting season from his laboring in the woods!)

…onto the the rest of the ingredients…
1 medium onion….finely diced
4 garlic cloves…also finely diced….(if your not a fan of garlic, you can use less)
2 tbs. of olive oil
2 tbs. chopped Italian leaf parsley
1/2 cup of chicken broth or water, whatever you have on hand…
1 can of crushed tomatoes or whole tomatoes…whichever you prefer..
1 tbs of flour mixed with chicken stock or water to make a flour slurry
salt to taste
a pinch of red pepper flakes
Begin by heating the olive oil in the pan…add the sausage to brown…about 5 to 8 minutes…
add in the onions, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes and the parsley…saute that together until the onions are translucent…add half of the chicken broth to De-glaze the pan from the bits of sausage and onion drippings….
add the crushed tomatoes and simmer for about 5 minutes…
slowly add more chicken broth and the flour slurry…make sure that the burner is on low heat and let the sausage mixture simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes more.  (You will need to keep a close eye on the mixture to make sure that it doesn’t get too thick from the flour slurry….add more chicken stock if needed.)
Before serving, add some freshly chopped Italian leaf parsley for added goodness:)
Serve over biscuits for a YUMMY breakfast or dinner!!!!
My family has had many ‘Sausage & Tomato Gravy’ meals together….we looked forward to every one of them and are looking forward to the next one!!! 
Enjoy Daddy’s ‘Cajun Sausage & Tomato Gravy’ and Homemade Biscuit Recipe….
I enjoyed the time spent in the kitchen with Ralph….those times are precious and very memorable…stay tuned for his next “Cajun Family”cooking lesson:)

Joshua 2:12 (New International Version)

 “Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign”

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