This keto biscuits and gravy recipe was inspired by my husband's love of breakfast food and my love of savory sausage. We stumbled upon this method of making gravy while experimenting with different keto-friendly thickeners for soup. I've been playing with the idea of a blog post all about these thickeners. Comment and let me know if this is interesting to you... or maybe it's just interesting to me. lol
For this recipe, you'll need a special thickening ingredient called xanthan gum. It's used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in many gluten-free recipes and is the ingredient that makes the gravy thick and hearty.
Now, keep in mind that your one bag of xanthan gum will last you years and years even if you cook and experiment as much as we do here at Tara's Keto Kitchen. We just finished our first bag which had been divided up for both my mom and my sister. You'll learn that a little goes a long way.
You'll also find xanthan gum in most of my keto baked goods recipes because it acts as a binding agent to hold baked goods together. We have to use something to do this because we don't eat gluten on a keto diet and gluten is the magic in traditional breads and baked goods that holds the structure.
If you don't have xanthan gum, I recommend you get some and learn to use it to level up your keto baking and cooking. An alternative to xanthan gum is guar gum. In our tests, we found it to be even more absorbent of water than xanthan gum was. I would start with half the amount called for in this recipe.
Gelatin is another option for thickening but we didn't like the texture of the end result with gravy. It was like a jelly (think sausage jello) and just not pleasing.
There are some "gluten-free" thickeners popping up on store shelves. If you want to try one, just read the ingredients list closely. Avoid maltodextrin and any starches or flours in these ready to use mixes. I think you'll find that xanthan gum and/or guar gum will meet all your keto gravy needs.
Keto Biscuit Recipes
I have a number of different options on the blog for keto biscuit options. What is pictured is my keto bread recipe which I'll link below this paragraph. What you want to do is put the bread dough in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes or until it firms up enough to handle without sticking all over your fingers.
So, I recommend using either a hamburger bun pan or a muffin pan to cook the biscuits in because the bread dough will spread while baking. You'll just section the dough and place it in your pan. It will rise about double.
What if you don't have a muffin tin or hamburger bun pan? No problem. Make individual round balls and place that on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees 12-16 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool on the pan or sheet for about 15 minutes before trying to remove. These set up as they cool.
While they are cooling is the perfect time to make your keto gravy....
Ingredients for Keto Biscuits & Gravy
Here's a few ingredients you'll need to make your keto gravy:
- Sausage. Our favorite is from Butcher Box. Use our link to get freebies with your order!
- Real Butter
- Xanthan gum
- White pepper
The xanthan gum in this recipe is what thickens the gravy. You can also use guar gum starting with half the amount called for in the recipe. Add a little more at a time until you're happy with the thickness of the gravy.
Tutorial Video: Keto Biscuits & Gravy
Keto Biscuits & Gravy
- 1 pound sausage
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- ½ cup onion, finely minced
- 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 1 ½ cups water, hot
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- pinch white pepper
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley optional
- Brown the sausage in a large skillet until thoroughly cooked. Remove the browned sausage from the pan and set aside for use later. You’ll now have the sausage grease in the bottom of the pan.
- In the meantime, heat 1 ½ cups water to boiling using your microwave, stovetop or an electric kettle. Keep hot until needed in a few steps.
- Add 2 Tablespoons butter to the sausage grease and allow to melt.
- Then add ½ cup finely minced onions and cook slowly for 6-8 minutes until onions are tender but not browned.
- Remove from heat.
- Gradually whisk in ½ cup hot water, adding the remaining water ½ cup at a time. Then add cream, salt, white pepper, parsley and browned sausage. Allow gravy to simmer 2 -4 minutes and then serve over keto biscuits.
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