Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy with Scrambled Eggs and Hash Browns

Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy with Scrambled Eggs and Hash Browns
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About This Recipe

When I first moved to Napa Valley, I fell in love with the farm-to-table movement and the incredible quality of the local ingredients. Inspired by the Southern classic, I decided to create a recipe for Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy with Scrambled Eggs and Hash Browns that highlights the amazing produce and dairy available in our region. The result is a comforting and indulgent dish that embodies the essence of Napa Valley's culinary culture while incorporating a touch of Southern charm.

To source the best ingredients, I recommend visiting local farmers' markets, where you can find fresh, free-range eggs and high-quality, locally produced sausage. For the buttermilk, I suggest trying out a family-run farm that produces delicious dairy products. And don't forget to pick up some seasonal produce for a side dish – a fresh heirloom tomato salad or a vibrant citrus slaw would be perfect accompaniments to this hearty meal.

As for dessert, consider ending your meal with a California twist on a Southern classic: Grilled Peach Cobbler with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream made with fresh cream from a local dairy. The grilled peaches add a touch of smoky flavor that pairs beautifully with the rich biscuit topping.

Now, you may be wondering what wines to pair with this delicious breakfast feast. I suggest a crisp, refreshing glass of Sauvignon Blanc from Scribe Winery in Sonoma, which will help balance the richness of the sausage gravy. Alternatively, you could try a fruity, off-dry Riesling from Smith-Madrone in Napa Valley, which has enough acidity to cut through the dish's hearty flavors.

In Napa Valley, we're fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of wineries, ranging from small, family-owned establishments to larger, more commercial producers. While you're here, don't miss a visit to Frog's Leap Winery, an organic and sustainable winery with a charming rustic ambiance, or Round Pond Estate, which offers a stunning view of the valley and a fantastic selection of wines.

If you're a history buff or just interested in learning more about the region, take some time to explore the historic Bale Grist Mill, where you can see a working water-powered mill and learn about Napa's agricultural past. And for nature lovers, be sure to take a hike through Bothe-Napa Valley State Park or explore the beauty of Lake Berryessa, a hidden gem that offers incredible recreational opportunities.

Creating this Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy with Scrambled Eggs and Hash Browns recipe was a delightful journey through the best of Napa Valley's culinary scene. From the farm-fresh ingredients to the outstanding wines that accompany the dish, this recipe is a true testament to the rich food and wine culture of our beautiful valley.

Happy cooking, and cheers to your Napa Valley-inspired culinary adventures!

The Magic of Buttermilk in Biscuits

Buttermilk, the slightly tangy liquid left after churning butter, is the hero ingredient that sets these biscuits apart. It's more than just a liquid; it's an essential component that gives biscuits their signature softness, flakiness, and irresistible tangy flavor.

When combined with baking soda, the acid in buttermilk produces carbon dioxide gas. This reaction creates tiny bubbles that make the biscuits rise, resulting in a soft and fluffy interior while retaining a crispy exterior.

Besides its culinary advantages, buttermilk offers a variety of health benefits. It's rich in probiotics, essential for a healthy gut, and contains vitamins and minerals like B12, calcium, and phosphorus.

How to Properly Cut Butter into Flour

One of the critical steps in making flaky buttermilk biscuits is cutting the cold butter into the flour. Here's how to master this technique:

  1. Start Cold: Ensure your butter is cold. You can even freeze it for about 15 minutes before starting.
  2. Cube the Butter: Cut your butter into small cubes to make it easier to incorporate into the flour.
  3. Use Tools: A pastry cutter is ideal, but if you don't have one, two knives or even your fingertips can do the trick. The goal is to break down the butter into pea-sized pieces.
  4. Work Quickly: You want to prevent the butter from melting, so work quickly and avoid overhandling the dough.

FAQs

  1. Can I use a different milk if I don't have buttermilk? Yes! Mix one cup of regular milk with one tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and it will be a good substitute for buttermilk.
  2. What can I use instead of pork sausage for the gravy? Turkey or chicken sausage can be great alternatives if you're looking for a lighter option or have dietary restrictions.
  3. How long will leftover biscuits and gravy keep in the refrigerator? They'll stay fresh for up to 2-3 days. Just ensure you store them in an airtight container.
  4. Is this recipe gluten-free? No, this recipe uses all-purpose flour. However, you can use gluten-free flour as a substitute. Ensure you also check the sausage and hash browns for gluten-containing ingredients.
  5. Which tools are essential for this recipe? A large skillet, a whisk, a baking sheet with parchment paper, a pastry cutter (or two knives), and round cutter are key tools to have on hand.

Tips for Success

  1. Cold Ingredients are Key: For the flakiest biscuits, use cold buttermilk and butter. Cold butter doesn't fully mix with the flour, so when it melts during baking, it creates pockets of air, leading to flaky layers.
  2. Don't Overwork the Dough: When kneading the dough, less is more. Overworking can lead to dense biscuits. Gently bring the dough together just until it forms a cohesive mass.
  3. Rest Your Dough: Before rolling out and cutting your biscuits, let the dough rest for about 10 minutes. This allows the gluten to relax, making it easier to roll and resulting in a better texture.

Recipe Overview

Recipe:
Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy with Scrambled Eggs and Hash Browns
Author:
Lily Anderson
Season:
Winter
Yield:
6 servings
Calories Per Serving:
850
Prep Time:
PT20M
Cook Time:
PT30M
Total Time:
PT50M

Ingredients List

Ingredients:

For the buttermilk biscuits:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 3/4 cup cold buttermilk

For the sausage gravy:

  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the scrambled eggs:

  • 8 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

For the hash browns:

  • 4 cups frozen shredded hash browns
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (232°C). Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter or your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the buttermilk until just combined.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead until it comes together. Pat the dough to about 1-inch thick, and cut out biscuits using a round cutter. Place biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat, breaking it up into crumbles as it cooks. Once fully cooked, sprinkle flour over the sausage and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk and cook until the gravy thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with salt and pepper. In another skillet, melt butter over medium heat, then pour in the eggs. Gently cook the eggs, stirring occasionally, until soft curds form. Remove from heat when they're slightly underdone, as they will continue to cook.
  6. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the hash browns, spreading them evenly across the skillet. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes, then flip and cook for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. To serve, place a biscuit on each plate, then spoon sausage gravy over the top. Serve with a side of scrambled eggs and hash browns.

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