Gourmet Camping Recipe: Biscuits and Gravy
 
 
Ah, camping. Is there anything better than waking up in the forest surrounded by the songs of birds, the rushing sound of a breeze through the pine and fur needles above, and the sweet smell of a rhododendron nearby? Well of course there is! All of that with the addition of some tasty biscuits and gravy for breakfast!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Camping
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 packages Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
  • Oil
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage, like Jimmy Dean original
  • 2 handfuls all purpose flour (little less than 1 cup)
  • Seasoning salt to taste (maybe ⅓ teaspoon)
  • Thyme to taste (maybe ⅓ teaspoon)
  • Onion powder to taste (maybe ½ teaspoon)
  • Black Pepper to taste (between ½ - 1 teaspoon, depending on how peppery and hot you like it)
  • Milk (2% or whole is best) - approximately 4 cups
Instructions
  1. Using a large Dutch Oven, or 2 small Dutch Oven's stacked, rub a bit of oil on the inside bottom and sides of the Dutch oven to prevent the biscuits from sticking.
  2. Arrange the biscuits in the Dutch oven so that they barely touch. They will expand, so leave some room between them for this.
  3. Put the lid on the oven, cover lid with hot coals/briquettes, and set the Dutch oven on ⅓ less coals than you put on the lid.
  4. Walk away and tend your fire.
  5. Check the biscuits after about 10 minutes to see how they're coming along and if you need to change up any of the coals.
  6. While your biscuits are cooking, turn your attention to your campfire. It's a good idea to have it raging before you get things started so that you have a nice bed of coals.
  7. Once your fire has dropped to a hot bed of coals, place a 12-inch cast iron skillet over the heat using a campfire grate.
  8. Brown your sausage. If your pan is very hot, you may need to add a touch of oil to keep your sausage from burning.
  9. Once your sausage is browned, add two handfuls of flour and mix to coat the sausage with it. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, so that the flour looses its "raw" flavor.
  10. Next, season the sausage with thyme, seasoning salt, onion powder, and lots of black pepper.
  11. Now for the easy part, making the gravy! Simply pour the milk over the sausage while still on the heat. Pour enough to just come up to the top of the sausage.
  12. Stir the milk and scrape the bottom of the skillet to get all the goodies up. If your coals have cooled and your milk doesn't seem to want to come to a boil, add some more fire to raise the temperature. You must bring the gravy to a boil, otherwise it will not thicken. A properly thickened gravy should coat the back of your spoon and not easily run off.
  13. Allow to boil for a minute or two, stirring frequently, then remove from the heat. If the gravy seems to be too thick, simply loosen it with some more milk. Taste your outdoor creation and make sure that you have enough seasonings. Add additional seasoning salt, black pepper, and/or thyme to your liking.
  14. Take two of your Dutch Oven cooked biscuits, split in half, and place on a camp plate. Then spoon loads of delicious sausage all over them. Eat quickly, humming loudly to inform all your neighboring campers and wildlife that you are the best cook in the woods!
Recipe by The Bald Gourmet at http://thebaldgourmet.com/gourmet-camping-recipe-biscuits-and-gravy/