Enjoy this gluten-free sausage gravy on biscuits and gravy, in tater tot casserole, or in breakfast enchiladas. With a dairy-free option.
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If you love sausage gravy with biscuits, tater tot casserole, breakfast casserole, or a breakfast enchilada dish, you’ll love this gluten-free sausage gravy recipe.
Sausage gravy is full of flavor, texture, and is a perfect comfort food that fills your belly as much as it feeds your soul. I have many memories of being a kid going to restaurants with my mom, sister, and some family friends on the weekends and taking bites of biscuits and gravy off my sister’s plate.
My mom wasn’t much of a cook when it came to sausage gravy or biscuits and gravy, but we sure did love going out for a Sunday restaurant breakfast. They were always so hearty and filling, and the food coma that lingered all afternoon made for a good relaxing weekend.
If you like sausage gravy and you’ve been wondering how you can still enjoy this dish while avoiding gluten, let me be the first to say that it’s possible and you don’t have to live without this yummy gravy!
In this post, we’re going to talk about what sausage gravy is made of, talk about gravy in general and why it needs to be tweaked to be safe for a gluten-free diet, and we’ll talk about how to make your own gluten-free sausage gravy.
We’ll go over all the details of swaps to make it both gluten-free and dairy-free, if you choose. Finally, we’re going to wrap this post up with a recipe for you to take into your kitchen and enjoy this comfort food on all your favorite dishes.
If you love sausage gravy, you’ll love this gluten-free version!
What is sausage gravy made of?
Most traditional sausage gravy recipes are made with only a handful of ingredients. These are: sausage, butter, flour, a liquid (stock, broth, or milk), salt, and pepper. Of course, other ingredients can be added to add extra flavor, like herbs and seasonings.
Is gravy generally gluten-free?
Most traditional gravy recipes call for all purpose flour which when isn’t otherwise noted contains gluten. Most all purpose flour is made from wheat flour, making this food not generally safe for a gluten-free diet.
That said, with a few simple tweaks to the ingredients, you can have a delicious gluten-free gravy with the right swaps.
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Is sausage gravy gluten-free?
Sausage gravy isn’t generally gluten-free. This is because most gravy uses all-purpose flour, enriched flour, or wheat flour. All of these ingredients contain gluten.
That said, you can make sausage gravy to be gluten-free at home by making a few simple swaps and paying attention to ingredients.
What makes gravy “sausage gravy?”
Sausage gravy is different from just plain “gravy” in that the gravy is flavored with sausage. Sausage gravy is a gravy, but not all gravy is sausage gravy.
The difference between specific types of gravy is the liquid and other ingredients added to it. For example, if you were to make a turkey gravy, you’d need to use turkey broth or stock.
A chicken gravy is made with chicken broth or stock. Both types of these gravies are “gravy,” but you can get more specific by calling out what liquid is used, like turkey gravy or chicken gravy.
Sausage gravy is a gravy that’s made with bits of sausage in it. The liquid used can either be chicken stock or broth, milk, or dairy-free milk. The liquid in this type of gravy isn’t as important as the fact that this sausage should have real sausage in it, which gives it flavor and texture.
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How to make gravy gluten-free
There are two main ways to make gluten-free gravy: using gluten-free flour and using cornstarch (or other starch, such as arrowroot or tapioca).
To make a gluten-free gravy with gluten-free flour, you’ll simply replace all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour that has xanthan gum.
This ingredient will help your gravy thicken. If your flour doesn’t have xanthan gum, you’ll likely want to add this to your recipe separately. You can follow the recipe as written.
To make a gluten-free gravy using cornstarch or other starch, you’ll combine cornstarch with cold broth or stock, then bring the mixture up to a simmer, where the cornstarch will thicken the liquid. You can season it as you wish.
Both of these options produce delicious-tasting gravy, and it’s really a matter of preference as to which method you use. For my recipe, I used a gluten-free flour blend, but I have also used the cornstarch method and enjoyed that as well.
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What flour should I use in gluten-free sausage gravy?
I’ve seen many different gluten-free chicken gravy recipes with many different types of gluten-free flours used. Some with just one flour, like sweet brown rice flour, and others with a gluten-free flour blend. Others use a starch, like cornstarch or arrowroot starch.
To choose a gluten-free flour blend, you’ll want to find one that has xanthan gum in it. This ingredient acts as a thickening agent that you won’t find in most other gluten-free flours.
I prefer King Arthur Gluten-free Measure for Measure Flour, because it provides consistent results across many different types of recipes for me, but also because I can make gravy in a similar way I’d make it if I were using normal flour.
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Can I make gluten-free sausage gravy without flour?
You can make gluten-free sausage gravy without flour by using cornstarch as a thickener instead of flour to make a gluten-free roux. To do this, you’ll combine cornstarch with cold chicken broth, stock, milk, or dairy-free milk.
Then after cooking the sausage in a skillet, add this cornstarch and liquid mixture to the skillet, and bring it to a simmer. The cornstarch will thicken and turn into a lovely gravy. Season it as you like with salt, pepper, herbs, or other seasonings.
What liquid should I use in gluten-free sausage gravy?
To make a gluten-free sausage gravy, you’ll want to use a gluten-free chicken broth, stock, milk, or dairy-free milk.
It’s important to note that not all broth and stock is gluten-free, so it’s necessary to seek out a brand that labels their products with a gluten-free label. Here is a list of gluten-free chicken broth brands you can search for at the store.
You can make your own chicken broth or chicken stock at home if you wish, or choose to buy an option in a can or carton from the grocery store. My go-to ingredient for homemade gluten-free chicken gravy is Kirkland Signature Chicken Stock.
You can also use milk or dairy-free milk to create your sausage gravy if you like a thicker and more rich consistency. Dairy-free milk is a good option if you’re avoiding dairy in your diet. In this recipe, I’d opt for a thicker milk like coconut, cashew, or oat milk. Be sure the milk you choose has a gluten-free label.
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How to make gluten-free sausage gravy
Making gluten-free sausage gravy at home is super simple with just a few ingredients. If you want to make your gravy dairy-free as well, be sure to use dairy-free or vegan butter in place of normal butter.
Melt the butter
In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt the butter.
Cook the sausage
Add the sausage and cook until brown, breaking up with a wooden spoon into smaller crumbles to help cook faster and evenly.
Make a gluten-free roux
Add the gluten-free all purpose flour to the pan, and whisk. Cook for about 30 seconds. You’re looking for it to get slightly brown in color.
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Add the chicken stock or broth, milk or dairy-free milk
While continually whisking the gluten-free roux and sausage mixture, pour in the chicken stock, broth, milk or dairy-free milk until well combined. Add the salt, pepper, and other seasonings if you’re using them.
Simmer and reduce
Bring the sausage gravy to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the gravy has thickened and is a consistency you like.
Serve and enjoy
Serve on your favorite gluten-free biscuits, in tater tot casserole, in breakfast casserole, or a breakfast enchilada dish.
- 2 tbsp butter or vegan butter
- 1 package pork breakfast sausage
- 2 tbsp gluten-free flour
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, broth, milk, dairy-free milk
- Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add butter and melt.
- Cook breakfast sausage until brown.
- Add the gluten-free flour and mix into the sausage and butter with a whisk or spoon.
- Slowly stir in the chicken stock, milk, or dairy-free milk of your choice, breaking up any clumps of flour.
- Keep stirring the gravy occasionally until it is heated through and has noticeably thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat then ladle over gluten-free biscuits or into your favorite recipe that calls for sausage gravy. Enjoy!
You can use whatever liquid you like to thicken your gravy. For extra flavor, go for chicken stock or broth. For a thicker gravy, choose milk or dairy-free milk. You can even combine them if you choose.
If you love sausage gravy and have been wondering how to make this yummy gravy safe for your gluten-free diet, I hope this post has helped you. With just a few simple swaps, you can enjoy this yummy gravy with all your favorite breakfast dishes that call for it.