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5 from 6 votes

Sawmill Gravy

Made with smoky pork sausage, cream and flavorful chicken stock, this rich Southern Sawmill Gravy is decadent, rich and perfect for your morning biscuits! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: soul food, Southern
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 416kcal


  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 3/4 lb high quality ground country sausage mild Pine Street Market was used
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat a 4 to 6 quart saucepan over medium heat and begin cooking onion in butter. Once the onion is slightly amber, 2-3 minutes, add garlic and red chili flakes, continue to brown for 1-2 more minutes and then add the sausage and salt. Stir, breaking up sausage with a wooden spoon for another 5 minutes.
  • Gradually sprinkle in the flour while stirring. Once flour is incorporated, 1-2 minutes, slowly add stock while stirring. Increase heat to high and continue cooking until sauce comes to a boil and starts to thicken. Add cream and season with nutmeg, Tabasco, and pepper. Bring mixture up to a boil again while stirring. Remove from heat and cool slightly, about 5 minutes, to thicken.


To serve with the biscuits, griddle the biscuit in butter then pour gravy over it and serve.


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 1109mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 926IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg