It’s has to be a special day in order for this to pop up on the menu, and birthdays and holidays are just that kind of occasion that calls for biscuits and gravy. Mmmmm… the smell of biscuits filling the air as everyone hovers around the oven just to “check” on how they’re coming along. It’s a miracle they ever finish baking!
The big question is: how do you make thick, savory gravy that is not dripping with fat and loaded with diary? Onion paste, that’s how. By cooking down onions and then blending, you get a paste that is mild, yet rich in flavor and acts as a thickening agent. Coconut cream (found at the top of the can) also adds the creamy, mouth coating feel we crave from gravy. I added a lot of pepper to my gravy, as that’s how we like it in our home. This freezes well in case you want to make a big batch in advance and have it ready when all the holiday guests arrive for brunch. I recommend having the recipe on hand, as you are sure to be asked several times for a copy ☺
Biscuits and Gravy
Serves: Makes 10-12 biscuits Gravy serves: 4-6
Ingredients For Biscuits
2 1/4 C almond Flour
1 C arrowroot flour
1½ t. grain free baking powder
1 egg white and 2 more Tbsp. of almond flour
1 T honey
1¼ t. salt substitute
5 T coconut oil, solidified
¼ C Buttermilk (mix ¼ C Unsweetened Almond Milk with ¼ t white vinegar or lemon juice)
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Make the buttermilk. Stir together the almond milk, and vinegar. Let stand.
3. Stir together the almond flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
4. Add in the coconut oil and cut in a fork until well blended.
5. Stir in the eggs, honey and buttermilk. The dough should be slightly sticky but not wet. If too wet, add just a bit more almond flour.
6. Lightly grease a pan, roll dough into golf-ball sized balls, and place close together but not quite touching. Lightly press each biscuit to slightly flatten so they look more like biscuits as opposed to a roll.
7. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until nicely browned.
Ingredients for Gravy
½ large onion, sliced
1 cup water
1 1lb ground turkey or pork
1 tablespoon coconut flour
½ cup coconut cream
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
5-8 sage leaves, chopped
¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
pinch of chile flakes
salt substitute, to taste
1. Place onion slices into small pot, cover with water and cook on medium until soften. Blend onions (with just a hint of the water) to form a thick paste. Set aside.
2. In a large skillet, brown meat over medium high heat. Once it’s cooked through, remove from pan with a slotted spoon and save for later, leaving the fat and any brown bits in the pan.
3. Turn heat down to medium and add coconut flour. Immediately begin whisking coconut flour with the fat and continue to whisk for about a minute to prevent burning.
4. Add coconut milk, whisking until entirely incorporated.
5. Add onion paste, black pepper, garlic powder, sage, fennel, chile flakes, and salt. Taste and adjust seasonings, then add meat back into the gravy to warm it through before topping biscuits.
Remember: if you are committed to losing weight or reducing fasting blood sugars, partake of these higher carb recipes sparingly. While they are made with healthy ingredients their higher carb content may slow up weight loss and reduction of blood sugars.