Alton Brown's Southern Style 'Biscuits & Gravy' Recipe

Learn how to make Alton Brown's family recipe for 'Biscuits & Gravy' - which William Shatner paired perfectly with a bubbly wine on 'Brown Bag Wine Tasting'

Earlier this week celebrity chef Alton Brown shared his grandmother's recipe for 'Biscuits & Gravy' with William Shatner on'Brown Bag Wine Tasting'- here's the recipe - enjoy!

Alton Brown & William Shatner - Brown Bag Wine Tasting

Southern Style Biscuits & Gravy


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons of shortening
  • 1 cup Buttermilk, chilled

Sausage Gravy Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk breakfast sausage
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using your fingertips, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs. (The faster the better, you don't want the fats to melt.) Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky.
  3. Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times. Press into a 1-inch thick round. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough. Place biscuits on baking sheet so that they just touch. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting.
  4. Bake until biscuits are tall and light gold on top, 15 to 20 minutes
  5. While biscuits are baking cook sausage in a cast iron skillet. When done, remove sausage from pan and pour off all but 2 tablespoons of fat.
  6. Whisk flour into the fat and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and whisk in milk a little at a time. Return to medium-high heat and stir occasionally while the gravy comes to a simmer and thickens. (Be sure to scrape up any brown bits that might be stuck to the bottom of the pan, that's where the flavor is.) Check seasoning, add crumbled sausage and serve over toast or biscuits.

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