Serve this creamy white Sawmill Gravy over biscuits for a hearty, filling, comfort food breakfast. It's a simple and easy recipe featuring bacon or sausage drippings, flour, cornmeal, and milk.
Sawmill gravy is extremely cheap and easy to make. It's a creamy, white gravy that is delicious served over biscuits or southern fried steak.
Serve it for breakfast or brunch, or if you're like my family for brinner (breakfast for dinner!)!
What is Sawmill Gravy
Sawmill Gravy is a southern variation of a traditional béchamel sauce. This country version is a white gravy that features bacon or sausage drippings and uses cornmeal and flour, as opposed to the only-flour in béchamel.
The name "sawmill gravy" comes from its early logging-camp-food and old-time sawmill roots. It was originally made with only cornmeal instead of flour, which resulted in a somewhat gritty gravy (Don't worry we've fixed that in this recipe!). It's said that the loggers would even accuse the cooks of putting sawdust in their gravy!
What's the Difference Between Sawmill and Sausage Gravy
The main difference is that sawmill gravy is made with sausage or bacon drippings only, none of the actual sausage. It also has some cornmeal in it.
Sausage gravy is made with sausage and the drippings, and only has flour, no cornmeal.
How to Serve Sawmill Gravy
Classically, sawmill gravy is served over biscuits, like these sky-high, fluffy southern buttermilk biscuits.
It's also famously served over chicken fried steak.
Since it's basically just a white gravy, it can also be served over meat such as chicken, pork chops, or roasts, or even on mashed potatoes or stuffing.
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Sawmill Gravy Video
- 2 tablespoons bacon or sausage drippings
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- Salt, black pepper, and white pepper to taste
- In a large skillet, heat bacon or sausage drippings over medium heat.
- Add cornmeal and flour and stir to combine. Allow to heat through for about 2 minutes.
- Add milk slowly to prevent lumps, whisking the entire time.
- Continue cooking and stirring until gravy comes to a light simmer and thickens.
- Add white pepper, salt, and black pepper to taste.
- Serve over warm biscuits.
- For a little extra flavor, add cooked and crumbled sausage, bacon, or ham.
- Serve with my favorite warm, fluffy Southern buttermilk biscuits.
- What's the secret to perfectly smooth gravy? Add milk very slowly while whisking. I only add about ¼ cup at a time and whisk until it's completely combined before adding.
- Gravy continues to thicken as it cools, so stop simmering when it's just a tiny bit on the runny side.
- Add a little more milk if gravy is too thick (add ¼ cup at a time until it reaches desired consistency.
- I like to cook gravy in a cast iron skillet, like this one.
- Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Freezer Directions: Freeze in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator. Reheat in a medium saucepan.
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