Easy Southern White Country Gravy Recipe Roundup

by Jeanne

You can take the boy out of the south, but you can’t take the south out of the boy. That’s why, no matter how long he’s away from home, Josh continues to crave his favorite foods. We’re not traveling to Virginia anytime soon, though, so I’ve been searching for the best southern white country gravy recipe. I’ve found a few good ones, so I thought I’d share them in this roundup post! 

This southern food staple is so versatile. You can have it with fried chicken, chicken tenders, or pork chops for dinner or serve it over breakfast sausage and homemade biscuits for breakfast. With the holidays rolling around, Josh loves to have this ready for his turkey (and the leftovers!) and a side of green beans. 

What’s in this post:

  • What you’ll need to make white country gravy
  • Easy white country gravy
  • Country sausage gravy
  • Creamy peppered white gravy
  • Sawmill gravy
  • Low carb biscuits and gravy

What You’ll Need to Make White Gravy

I’ll be honest with you. I grew up loving brown gravy, and I still prefer it (especially on tourtiere, my favorite French Canadian meat pie!). Over the years, though, I’ve come to enjoy white gravy too. Not as much as Josh, of course, but I can see why he loves it. I’ve always got ingredients on hand so that I can whip up a batch when needed, which tends to be on the weekend for brunch! 

Here are some of the things you’ll need from the ingredient list to make the recipes in this post:

  • Large skillet
  • All purpose flour
  • Bacon drippings, pan drippings, and/or unsalted butter
  • Pork sausage (if making country sausage gravy)
  • Whole milk
  • Black pepper
  • White pepper (my favorite!)
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt

You may already have most or all of these items in your pantry already, so you might not even need to go to the grocery store! There are so many great easy recipes for country gravy out there, so we hope you’ll find one here that you like. I tried to find options for those who prefer not to cook with meat or those who are avoiding carbs. Country gravy is for everyone!

On Sunday mornings, when we’re craving comfort food, I love to make a batch of homemade buttermilk biscuits. While they’re baking, I fry up some bacon and then use the bacon fat and flour to make a simple roux. Be sure to scrape up all the browned bits from your sauce pan and gently cook the raw flour on medium-low heat to make sure your flour tastes good. Josh loves when I use pork sausage and serve the delicious gravy over hot biscuits with hashbrowns. It makes it feel like he’s in his grandma’s kitchen! 

Easy White Country Gravy Recipe

Easy white country gravy recipe

This homemade white country gravy is made with just five ingredients! It’s smooth and creamy, and so easy to make. How can you resist??? I’ve got to say that this is one of my favorite recipes because it’s just so simple but tastes like a million bucks! This one works really well with biscuits and potatoes, but also with country-fried chicken.

Try this: Easy White Country Gravy

Country Sausage Gravy Recipe

Country sausage gravy recipe

Two cups of milk and ground pork sausage make this creamy recipe perfect for serving over hot biscuits or potatoes for a delicious southern breakfast. The flavor is really complex and layered, but will also depend on the kind of sausage or meat you use. I’m not a huge fan of crumbled sausage and have found that this still works great with bacon or even sliced turkey sausage!

Try this: Country Sausage Gravy

Creamy Peppered White Gravy

Creamy peppered white gravy recipe

For me, pepper gravy has a little extra flavor and I love it. I find myself dipping bread or pieces of biscuit into the hot skillet when I’m making this. That’s one way to get a clean pan! This is another one that works really well with fried chicken, chicken tenders, or pork chops. In fact, I’ve slow-cooked pork chops smothered in this recipe!

Try this: Creamy Peppered White Gravy

Sawmill Gravy Without Sausage

Sawmill gravy without sausage recipe

Looking for a recipe without sausage or sausage drippings? This one’s for you (and usually me)! This hearty gravy relies on a butter mixture for its amazing flavor rather than animal fats, making this an ideal choice for vegetarians. My oldest daughter is a vegetarian and I’ve often made similar gravies for when she visits. It’s a wonderful option for family gatherings or holidays because it’s neutral but still very tasty!

Try this: Sawmill Gravy Without Sausage

Low Carb Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

Low carb biscuits and gravy recipe

Following a low carb or keto diet? You can still enjoy southern style creamy gravy without messing up your macros. In fact, aside from the flour in traditional recipes, country gravy and sausages are PERFECT for macros on a keto diet! While I don’t eat keto anymore, I absolutely made similar recipes when I was limiting carbs. Lemme tell you, it’s just as tasty! One thing to note is that I don’t find low-carb biscuit leftovers as forgiving, so eat them while they’re hot and fresh for the best flavor and texture.

Try this: Low Carb Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

We hope you enjoy these southern recipes for homemade country gravy. They’re definitely weekend favorites in our home. It’s a great way to enjoy the flavors of the south when you can’t get down for a visit. If you’ve got leftovers, cool fully and then store them in an airtight container in the fridge. The last thing you want is for any of that goodness to go to waste. I’ve found that when I make a large batch at breakfast, the remaining gravy is perfect for dinner the next day. This is all making me super hungry. Pass the gravy boat! 

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