We try to eat really healthy Sunday through Friday. Lean protein, lots of veggies, and only satisfying, complex carbs…we have come to love and really enjoy eating this way…but one day a week, well, you gotta live a little! Every Saturday, my blog will be dedicated to, The Saturday Splurge! On Saturdays, all bets are off. You want a pizza, eat a pizza. You want a double cheese burger and fries…go for it!
This Saturday, our hearts desire, a classic Southern staple (probably one of my favorite things in the world)…biscuits and gravy…with some creamy cheese grits and perfect runny eggs on the side. YES PLEASE!
This morning, I feel like my Southern roots were put to the test…I have never made sausage gravy before, but I gave it a try, and I was totally shocked by how simple it is, and how good it turned out!
All you have to do is brown the sausage, put it in a bowl leaving the fat behind in the pan. Whisk a Tablespoon of flour into the fat, return it to medium heat, and whisk in about 2 cups of milk. Season with salt and pepper, and you have something quite amazing on your hands!
Because I am a pretty big grits snob (when you grow up having them every week, you learn what you like!) I get my grits from the Farmer’s Market. They are stone ground, white grits and they are made right in North Georgia! They take a while to cook, but they are DEFINITELY worth the wait…and shoulders about their quick cooking competition! For the grits, I bring one cup of water, 1/2 cup of milk and a 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt to a boil. Then, I stir in 1/2 Cup of grits. I reduce the temperature to medium and let the grits thicken, stirring frequently. Once they thicken, I add another half cup of milk and reduce to a simmer. Let them cook for about 35 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes…and you will have a very creamy, very yummy breakfast component on your hands! (We add a little cheddar cheese at the last minute too!)
All in all, this splurge was a delicious success! The moral of the story…don’t be afraid to try something new…and don’t be afraid to indulge every now and then!