Amish Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

Amish homestyle cooking

On my recent trip to Indiana, I had breakfast at Das Dutchman Essenhaus, which is Indiana’s largest restaurant (with 1,100 seats!).  Amish homestyle cooking is the offering.  I had the biscuits and gravy.  I have to say, it was REALLY delicious!  I am embarrassed to say, this was my first time.

Sausage Gravy

Makes about 5 cups of gravy

1 lb sausage
¾ cup flour
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
4½ cups milk

Brown and crumble sausage (don’t drain it). Add flour, salt and pepper and stir. If the sausage is dry, you may need to add a bit of shortening when adding flour. Add milk while stirring. Heat until it starts to boil and reduce heat and continue to stir until thickened.

Homemade Biscuits

Makes about 30 biscuits

4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
8 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cream of tartar
4 tsp sugar
1 cup shortening
1 1/3 cup milk

Sift dry ingredients together. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles course crumbs. Add milk all at once and stir until dough follows fork around bowl. Roll 1/2 thick.* Use a large glass or a canning jar to cut biscuits. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 30 biscuits.

*Note: The key to light and fluffy biscuits is not to work the dough too much.

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