Easy Southern Country Gravy

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This Easy Southern Country Gravy is a must have for breakfast. Delicious, rich and creamy, it’s so easy to make.

plate of eggs, bacon and biscuits with white southern country gravy

Southern white gravy, sausage gravy, country white gravy, sawmill gravy: no matter what you call it, southern country gravy is a staple in the South. There’s just something about the perfect gravy on a Sunday morning when you want to indulge in some pure comfort food like biscuits and gravy. It’s also amazing poured over a big plate of scrambled eggs, home fries and sausage!

Made with leftover grease, this rich and creamy gravy is far from healthy, but that’s ok. Sometimes we all need a meal that reminds us of our childhood to feed our soul, too.

Growing up just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, white gravy is such a big thing. I know so many friends who grew up eating this poured over a plate of hot homemade biscuits every weekend. I fell in love with it in college for lazy Sunday mornings, and love to make some on special occasions now. This simple white gravy is the perfect breakfast addition.

fork with biscuits and southern gravy

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Ingredients Needed for Southern White Gravy

ingredients for southern gravy

White gravy is a southern classic. This simple recipe only needs a few ingredients to make, all of which you can easily find at your local grocery store:

Bacon drippings (grease)

All-purpose flour

Whole milk

Salt & black pepper

If you don’t have drippings from bacon fat available, there are a few things that you can choose to substitute instead. Unsalted butter is great, but you can also use oil, shortening or lard. No heavy cream is needed for this recipe!

How to Make Southern Country Gravy

Fry up some bacon in a large skillet and strain the grease (pan drippings) into a small glass bowl. Don’t clean your pan, as the little bits add extra flavor to the gravy!

bacon frying in pan

Pour ¼ cup of the grease back into your pan and heat on medium-low heat to allow grease to get hot again. (If you don’t want to use bacon grease, first melt your butter over medium-low heat instead.)

Once grease is hot (or the butter is melted), add flour a little at a time while stirring non-stop with a small whisk or spatula. Allow the flour/grease mixture to cook for at least 2-3 minutes.

Slowly whisk in about half a cup of milk at a time, stirring continuously until you have whisked in 2 cups. If the gravy feels too thick for you, slowly add another quarter to half cup.

finished southern gravy in cast iron skillet

Let the gravy come to a slow simmer and cook for another 7-10 minutes. Have milk handy and add extra if your gravy gets too thick. When gravy is slightly thinner than preferred thickness, remove from heat and stir in salt and pepper. The gravy will continue to thicken as it cools.

What to Serve with White Southern Country Gravy

This is one of those magical recipes that tastes amazing over so many things, like:

  • Biscuits
  • Breakfast sausage
  • Bacon
  • Country Fried Steak
  • Fried chicken
  • Potatoes / homefries / hashbrowns
  • Eggs
  • Pork chops
  • Chicken tenders

You can experiment with different flavors easily with this great recipe. Try a pinch of garlic powder or cayenne pepper next time. Substitute white pepper instead of black pepper to create a white pepper gravy. Add finely chopped cooked sausage for a true country sausage gravy.

You can store leftover gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

For best results, I recommend using a cast iron skillet like this one. You can really taste the difference in the meat drippings!

white southern gravy being poured on breakfast foods

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white southern gravy being poured on breakfast foods

Easy Southern Country Gravy

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Easy Southern Country Gravy is a must have for breakfast. Delicious, rich and creamy, it’s so easy to make.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup bacon drippings (grease) OR 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2-3 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Fry up some bacon and strain the grease into a small glass bowl. Don’t clean your pan, as the little bits add extra flavor to the gravy! Pour ¼ cup of the grease back into your pan and heat on medium-low heat to allow grease to get hot again. (If you don’t want to use bacon grease, first melt your butter over medium-low heat instead.)
  2. Once grease is hot (or the butter is melted), add flour a little at a time while stirring non-stop with a whisk or spatula. Allow the flour/grease mixture to cook for at least 2-3 minutes.
  3. Slowly whisk in about half a cup of milk at a time, stirring continuously until you have whisked in 2 cups. If the gravy feels too thick for you, slowly add another quarter to half cup.
  4. Let the gravy come to a slow simmer and cook for another 7-10 minutes. Have milk handy and add extra if gravy gets too thick. When gravy is slightly thinner than preferred thickness, remove from heat and stir in salt and pepper. The gravy will continue to thicken as it cools.
  5. Serve hot over biscuits, sausage, country fried steak, potatoes, eggs or whatever sounds delicious to you!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 165Total Fat: 12gCarbohydrates: 10gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g

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I hope you love this homemade gravy recipe! It’s so perfect over homemade buttermilk biscuits and sausage patties, especially on chilly mornings. This southern staple makes any meal feel more filling.

What are you going to pair this delicious white gravy recipe with? Let me know in the comments!

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