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Sausage Gravy, Dairy-free version of Uncle Clyde’s Sausage Gravy

Last Modified: Mar 25, 2018

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Sausage Gravy

 

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?

Sausage Gravy
Sausage Gravy, a Dairy-Free version of Uncle Clyde's Sausage Gravy
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A dairy-free version of classic sausage gravy.
    Servings Prep Time
    4 servings 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    20 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4 servings 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    20 minutes
    Sausage Gravy
    Sausage Gravy, a Dairy-Free version of Uncle Clyde's Sausage Gravy
    Votes: 1
    Rating: 5
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    A dairy-free version of classic sausage gravy.
      Servings Prep Time
      4 servings 10 minutes
      Cook Time
      20 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      4 servings 10 minutes
      Cook Time
      20 minutes
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      Instructions
      1. Fry the sausage in a skillet. Remove the sausage, leaving the grease in the skillet. If you prefer to use just butter, you can drain the grease.
      2. Break 4-5 sausage patties up into little pieces and set aside.
      3. Add vegan butter to skillet, if desired. Stir until dissolved into grease.
      4. Over medium heat, add a tablespoon or so of flour at a time to the skillet, stirring constantly. Once the flour is dissolved and not lumpy, add more flour until you have a paste. You should add enough flour so that all of the grease and butter is soaked up. Continue stirring for another minute or two. The mixture should become a darker color and begin to smell nutty.
      5. Add about a 1/2 cup of the almondmilk to the skillet, stirring constantly. Slowly add more almondmilk, about a 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly each time. Continue to add almondmilk, stirring constantly, until the flour is dissolved into the almondmilk and the gravy thickens. This process could take 10 or so minutes.
      6. Add the sausage pieces to the gravy. Adding the sausage will thicken the gravy. If the gravy is too thick, add a little more almondmilk.
      7. Add the salt and pepper, if desired.
      8. Spoon the gravy over biscuits and serve immediately.
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      Nutrition Facts
      Sausage Gravy, a Dairy-Free version of Uncle Clyde's Sausage Gravy
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories 542 Calories from Fat 405
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 45g 69%
      Saturated Fat 16g 80%
      Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
      Monounsaturated Fat 10g
      Cholesterol 68mg 23%
      Sodium 628mg 26%
      Potassium 128mg 4%
      Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
      Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
      Sugars 1g
      Protein 13g 26%
      Vitamin A 9%
      Calcium 35%
      Iron 12%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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