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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.

Oxmoor House OCTOBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 1 biscuit and about 1/2 cup gravy)
  • Total: 35 Minutes


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • 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

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Alabama Cat Head Biscuits with Sausage Gravy Recipe