Growing up in Alaska, we didn’t eat breakfast “out”. My dad made these fantastic pancakes when we had family staying over, and instead of syrup we used my mom’s homemade jams – raspberry is my favorite – but once in a great while, usually when we were on a fishing trip, we’d go out for breakfast, and I always got the same thing… biscuits and gravy!
There’s this restaurant in Valdez, Alaska – The Totem Inn Restaurant – that has, hands down, the BEST biscuits and gravy in Alaska. Big flaky, fluffy biscuits, thick gravy with tons of spicy sausage in it. Yep, I go there whenever I’m in Valdez, just for that, and will eat it any time of the day!
So, I don’t make big, butter-filled biscuits anymore. The sorrows of being diabetic
But I make a pretty good biscuit using CarbQuick baking mix. I’ve posted a few recipes that I’ve used the CarbQuick in, and it’s almost identical in flavor to Bisquick baking mix. The recipe couldn’t be simpler.
- 2 cups CarbQuick
- 3/4-1 cup water (or half milk for a more creamy flavored biscuit) start with 3/4 and add a little more if it’s too dry.
- 1 Tblsp butter
- And occasionally I’ll drop in some garlic and/or onion powder depending on my mood.
Mix it all together until it’s a good drop consistency, and drop about 1/4 cup in mounds onto a parchment-covered baking sheet.
I like big biscuits, so it usually takes 20-25 min to get them just barely golden brown. Smaller ones take less time. Bake at 350 degrees.
Now, the gravy.
Yes, I have made my own gravy in the past. It’s not difficult, but it takes a little time of slowly stirring your ingredients so they thicken without burning. And that’s after you’ve fried your sausage to add to it…
I LOVE McCormick brand country gravy mix. It is a little spicy and has that “just right” taste I go for. We sometimes make it with chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner.
And if I’m really splurging on breakfast, I like a nice spicy sausage patty and one scrambled egg. The biscuits are definitely the star of the show!
This is my comfort food breakfast that I only eat maybe once a year.