Alabama Cat Head Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Alabama Cat Head Biscuits with Sausage GravyRecipe
Photo: Oxmoor House

No, there's no cat in these biscuits; they've earned their name because of their size. This recipe is a riff on the Southern classic from Demetri's BBQ in Birmingham, AL.


Serves 6 (serving size: 1 biscuit and about 1/2 cup gravy)

Total time: 35 Minutes

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Total: 35 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 368
Fat 14.8 g
Satfat 5.1 g
Monofat 4.6 g
Polyfat 3 g
Protein 12.8 g
Carbohydrate 44.4 g
Fiber 1.8 g
Cholesterol 22 mg
Iron 2.3 mg
Sodium 761 mg
Calcium 303 mg


9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
3 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup 1% low-fat buttermilk
Cooking spray
1/4 pound reduced-fat pork breakfast sausage
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 cup chopped onion
2 1/4 cups 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


1. Preheat oven to 450°. Weigh or lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk; stir just until moist.

2. Turn dough out onto a heavily floured surface; knead lightly 5 times. Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 3 1/4-inch biscuit cutter. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until golden.

3. Cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until browned; stir to crumble. Remove from pan, and drain on paper towels. Add butter to drippings; cook until butter melts. Add onion; cook 12 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in sausage, 2 cups milk, sage, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper.

4. Combine 2 1/2 tablespoons flour and 1/4 cup milk, stirring with a whisk until well blended to form a slurry. Stir slurry into sausage mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until gravy is thick and bubbly. Cut biscuits in half. Spoon gravy evenly over biscuit halves.