So Valentines Day is coming up, and I am on a diet.
Well, not a diet so much as I am just eating REAL FOODS. The diet part is that while I try to burn this stubborn baby fat (50 pounds down and only 20 more pounds to go!! Woohoo!) I am limiting my intake of flours and processed meats.
So when I decide to deviate from the delicious and diverse raw, whole and fresh foods that make up my diet these day, I make sure that deviations counts, dammit! I have found that when it comes to making it count, the craziest things make my cheat day list.
Like Valentines heart shaped whole wheat country biscuits and sausage gravy. BE STILL MY HEART!!
If the way to your heart is through your stomach, (like me) then you will love these good old fashioned, simple biscuits and chunky homespun style sausage gravy.
For these biscuits we used some pork lard that we rendered ourselves from hog fat from our friends at Barba Family Farms here in the Central Valley. (You know you are really getting into this Farmers Market, know your farmer thing when you are bartering home made goods for homegrown goodness from the farmers directly!) And for the gravy we used some great organic, nitrate and nitrite free sausage links that we found at the Grocery Outlet (love that store!).
While there is an argument that biscuits need to be round for even cooking and blah blah blah, these are heart shaped because.. well… heart shaped biscuits. Nuff said!
For the Biscuits You Will Need:
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons of lard
¾ cup milk
For the Sausage Gravy You Will Need:
1/2 pound of pork sausage
3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
2 cups milk
½ teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Dash hot pepper sauce
How to Make:
To make the biscuits, mix the dry ingredients and cut in the butter. Add the milk and knead lightly, only about 10 times. (You don’t want to overwork the dough or the biscuits will become dense!) Pat the dough to ½ inch thick, and cut into biscuits. Place in a pan and bake in a 400 degree oven until golden, about 15 minutes.
To make the sausage, crumble or coarsely chop sausage into a large saucepan, cooking until well browned over medium-low heat. Drain, discarding all but 2 tablespoons of drippings. Stir in flour and cook over medium heat for about 6 minutes, or until mixture bubbles. Stir in milk, add seasonings and cook, stirring, until thickened.
Serve by ladling sausage gravy over the biscuits. Enjoy!