Friday, January 30, 2009

Sausage Biscuits and Gravy - NEKAMO style!

What is NEKAMO style you ask? When I was a little girl I went away to our church camp. At the time I lived in Kansas and the summer camp was named NEKAMO because girls from Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri all came to this lovely place - thus camp NEKAMO. My mother would come and cook in the kitchen the weeks I went to camp. Not until I became an adult (and mother) did I truly understand this sacrifice. Who would want to spend ALL day in a 100 degree kitchen (on a good day) and cook 3 meals a day? Not me!!! Thank you mom.
We were Midwest folks and my mother and I had never heard of "Biscuits and Gravy". The morning she showed up for work and this was on the menu - she told me she felt so sad that the campers had to eat such a "Disgusting" looking dish. She was sure these little girls would not touch the stuff. You can imagine her surprise when the campers trailed in and cheered when they saw what they were having - and scarfed it all down! She went home and put this on our family's menu and it has been a staple ever since!

NEKAMO Biscuits and Gravy
1 package Pillsbury frozen biscuits ( Why make your own when these taste sooooo good)
1 16 oz package Jimmy Dean HOT sausage in tube in the refrigerator section
3 to 4 heaping Tablespoons flour
1 tsp. onion powder
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper

Make biscuits according to directions on bag.
Brown sausage in pan. Drain grease.
Mix flour and onion powder with cooked sausage. Stir.
Pour milk over sausage mixture. Stir until thick, about 8 minutes.
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Pour sausage gravy over biscuits and prepare to be amazed! YUM!

I made wonderful memories at NEKAMO - and this breakfast was one of them!
I am glad this recipe delights my family. My Dad loves his sausage gravy on eggs and his biscuits are reserved for jam or jelly.


Robin Sue said...

I love Biscuits and Gravy! Up North we mostly had chip beef on toast and it wasn't until I came South that I got your version. It is the best!

Rachael said...

Biscuits and Gravy are my husbands favorite breakfast. His mom used to make it for him, and I can never get it quite right.

This recipe will help me! Ya-hoo! I actually have directions now on how to make it :-)


Sabrina said...

Being from the south, my hips don't lie, I LOVE biscuits and gravy. That was the one thing my grandmother made especially for me when we visited. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

Sheila said...

Wow, that is amazing to think that some had never heard of biscuits and gravy. I am from VA and my dad's family is southern, I mean real southern. Whenever we were at my grandparents' house, biscuits were on the table all day long and they started every morning alongside gravy.

What a great mom you have to have gone to camp instead of taking that time for herself! That's sacrifice.

noble pig said...

I would have cheered too. I swear when i see it in a buffet line I'm always so excited because I never make it! Thanks for reminding me!

Rindy R said...

Robin Sue - that is what I had as well - Chip beef on toast! I still love that as well.
Rachael - Glad I can help!
Sabrina - I have "Southern" hips as well now - due in part to this very recipe!
Sheila-She is a great mom!
Noble Pig - I must admit I get giddy as well when I see this anywhere! Nothing says I love you - like a plate of biscuits and gravy!

Thanks for the comments!

Karen said...

I grew up in New England and biscuits and gravy were *not* on the menu. I think I was in my 30's before I ever had this dish!

Aunt Spicy said...

Isn't it amazing the things parents sacrifice for their children! And love this recipe, it is so simple!