Recently we had received a package of jerky from Duke’s Meat and tucked in was an innocent looking bag of Hot & Spicy “Shorty” Smoked Sausages. Little cigars of meat, with a crisp and snappy bite. Like way addicting and “oh this is tasty – oh where is my water????”. The kind of heat I really like.
The ingredient list is great as well: Pork, salt. Contains 2% or less of sugar, spices, citric acid, natural flavor, yeast extract, dried garlic, paprika, vinegar, paprika extract. Made with beef collagen casing.
As I was snacking on it, Walker and Alistaire came by, and were mooching for a taste. Needless to say, Momma got to keep her treat. They like some heat, but not quite ready for this. It popped into my mind almost immediately that this would make a most excellent sausage gravy. A quick gravy that you can have for breakfast or dinner. Serve it over biscuits, rice, polenta, instant cornmeal packets, instant oatmeal, mashed potatoes….even rolls. B&G (Biscuits & Gravy!) doesn’t have to be hard to make, the easiest way is to pack in baked biscuits and have it that night or the next morning. But I digress, instead of biscuits I tried it out on a bed of rice. It was most satisfying. And while spicy, it wasn’t that spicy. In fact, I am more than sure that many of you would be sprinkling on the hot sauce. My husband would.
Spicy Sausage Gravy Pack in a snack bag:
- 1/3 cup dry milk
- 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp onion powder (toasted is even better)
- ½ tsp rubbed or ground sage
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbsp or 1 packet olive oil
- 2 to 4 sticks Hot & Spicy Smoked Sausages
- Salt to taste, hot sauce if desired and a sprinkle of dried parsley
- Carb of choice
Directions: Thinly slice sausage pieces and set aside. Add 1 cup water and oil to a non-stick small pot (a .9 to 1.3 liter pot works well), preferably HAA (Hard Anodized Aluminum). Do NOT use untreated thin Titanium or you will burn the sauce. Using a or a small silicone spatula, dissolve the powder mix in. Add in sausage and heat to boiling over a low flame, stirring constantly till thick. Take off stove, taste for salt. Notes: 2 sticks of the sausage is a serving and contains 390 mg sodium. The gravy needs a small pinch of salt with this. If you prefer a heartier serving of sausage, use 4 sticks and you won’t need salt (most likely that is!). I served the gravy over 1 cup instant rice. Instant rice is of course simple to make FBC. 1 cup boiling water to 1 cup instant rice, seal bag, in a cozy, for 15 minutes. How many does this serve? 1 to 2, depending on your appetite. It makes enough gravy to easily cover 2 large biscuits or 4 normal ones, meaning you can serve 1-2 people easily.