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Vegetarian biscuits and gravy

I remember my parents making biscuits and gravy way back when I was a little guy. It was one of my favorite breakfast dishes growing up, since I usually have more of a savory tooth than a sweet tooth. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy pancakes or cinnamon rolls, I definitely do, but there’s something about starting the day with a salty, buttery meal like biscuits and gravy that always makes for a better day.

Back in the day my dad would use pork sausage, and usually a sauce packet to make his gravy. Since I stopped eating meat in my late teens, I now use a vegetarian faux sausage like the Tofurkey pictured below. I make my own sauce, which is really just a basic bechamel, and also use sauteed onions as a base for my sauce. It only takes an extra few minutes to cook up the onions, and they really take the dish to another level.

Ingredients:

Homemade biscuits
2 tsp canola oil, divided
1/2 yellow onion
1/2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 c milk
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 a package of vegetarian sausage
Kosher salt
Black pepper
Fresh nutmeg

1. Before you start on your gravy, start a batch of homemade biscuits.  While they’re baking you can cook everything else. Note, for this dish I didn’t use any wheat flour in my biscuits, and also cut them into squares.

2. Remove two of the vegetarian sausage links from the packages. Slice them into small pieces and cook  with 1 tsp of oil in a nonstick pan over high heat until the edges have blackened.

3.  Dice half an onion and sautee with remaining 1 tsp of canola oil. Season with salt and pepper, then cook over medium heat until the onions begin to go translucent.

4. Add butter, then once melted, add flour while stirring constantly.

5. Slowly add milk while stirring. Turn heat up to medium high, then cook until the sauce begins to thicken.

6. Add cooked vegetarian sausage, then a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg. Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper, as needed.

7. Rip biscuits in half, then place them in the center rack of an oven set to broil. Let them toast until the tops have gone light brown and crunchy.

8. Place biscuits on a plate, then top with Tofurkey and onion gravy.

9. Garnish with a small pinch of black pepper.

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