Alabama Cat Head Biscuits with Sausage Gravy
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.
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- Calories: 368
- Fat: 14.8g
- Saturated fat: 5.1g
- Monounsaturated fat: 4.6g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 3g
- Protein: 12.8g
- Carbohydrate: 44.4g
- Fiber: 1.8g
- Cholesterol: 22mg
- Iron: 2.3mg
- Sodium: 761mg
- Calcium: 303mg
- 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.
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