My husband enjoys sausage gravy, because he is dairy-free, I wanted to make him a dairy-free version. Sausage gravy is typically made with milk, but to make it dairy-free it can be made with water, almondmilk or cashewmilk. Your gravy won't be too flavorful if you use water, so I recommend almondmilk or cashewmilk. I haven't noticed a difference in the flavor when using almondmilk, but the color is a brown shade as opposed to a gray shade when using milk.
It seems to me that a common issue with sausage gravy is that it tastes like flour. Sausage gravy will taste like flour if the flour and grease mixture isn't cooked long enough. You want to cook the flour and grease mixture a few minutes, until you have a light brown roux and it begins to smell a little nutty. A roux, pronounced "roo", is a thickening agent made with equal parts of fat and flour. A roux is added to gravies, soups and stews to thicken the liquid without having lumps.
The best sausage gravy I had was made by my Mom's brother, Clyde. Sausage gravy isn't my favorite thing, but I really like Uncle Clyde's version. He uses margarine as the fat in his gravy. He just has that special touch that makes the gravy so yummy. Anything Uncle Clyde or his wife, Nancy, makes is delicious!
I don't recall my mother making sausage gravy when I was growing up. I recently asked her about it, and she said she doesn't like sausage gravy too much and always made a hamburger gravy instead and served it over toast. That was a good meal! My Dad was in the Army, a WWII veteran, and he loved hamburger gravy over toast, which was a traditional military meal. This recipe could be used to make hamburger gravy, just substitute hamburger for the sausage.
In order to complete the meal for my husband, I made dairy-free biscuits, an altered version of my Uncle Leon's Cloud Biscuits. Uncle Leon is another one of my Mom's brothers. Mom, Uncle Leon and Uncle Clyde all learned their gravy making techniques from their Mother, who was an amazing cook.
This recipe makes a rich, thick gravy that my husband has given the thumbs up!
Do you have a favorite sausage gravy recipe?