Toronto Biscuits and Gravy
Hey all. My wife is from Michigan we just moved to Toronto from the states 2 month ago. She is craving "biscuits and Gravy"(sometimes referred to as biscuits and sausage gravy). Anyone know where to find that.around here? Figure we might as well clog up our arteries now that we have the free health care.
Good question, I'm curious to see if anyone knows of a sausage gravy purveyor in the GTA because I've never found one and damn but I love biscuits and sausage gravy!
gawd, I used to love that white sausage gravy when I lived in MI. I have honestly never seen it here in TO.
Nope, sadly not in Toronto. I used to make Bob Evans one of my first stops along the highway after crossing into the States, just for the biscuits and gravy.
Your best bet is to learn to make it yourselves.
Edit: Oh... the other problem you'll have is finding breakfast sausage that tastes like Jimmy Dean or Bob Evans. Someone in the Home Cooking board once posted a recipe that does a good job of replicating that Southern U.S. sausage taste.
I'm quite certain that was me who posted that Jo.
So anyway, per pound of ground pork
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon coriander
¼ Teaspoon savoury
Mix it all up and there you go.
For biscuits and gravy, take half a LB or whole or however much you want. Break it up while cooking into small pieces of sausage rubble. When all the pink is gone, add however much flour it'll take (I've never drained any of the fat. I use it all) to make a nice roux. Stir the roux for about 2 minutes to get rid of the flour taste. Season slightly with S&P and add milk a bit at a time until you reach a nice slightly loose gravy. It thickens a lot as it cools. Test for S&P and adjust as needed. Sorry but I've never measured to tell you exactly how much of what you need. I always just go with it.
Serve over your favourite biscuits. I use Alton Browns recipe.
Unfortunately, Popeye's may be the best source of "Southern" style biscuits hereabouts. Since most of them are Halal, the sausage gravy would be a non-starter.
Mildred Pierce has fabulous (and expensive) biscuits, but - again - no gravy.
How badly do you want them? The nearest Bob Evans is only 1 1/4 hours away from the east end of Toronto!!! There's one on Niagara Falls Blvd., and you can buy their packaged biscuit mix to take home, and I'm sure they must have gravy mix as well. Actually it's a great drive down there, and there are some great food places to try on the way!!!
I guess I should point out that my wife is southern so we stock up on the real stuff every time we go down. I actually prefer Tennessee Pride for making B & G because it's got a little more fat in it. Also when I make dressing. If I'm just eating them beside some eggs or making a biscuit sandwich, then it's JD because it's got less fat.