Country Sausage Gravy
1 pound pork sausage
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon minced fresh sage
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
2 cups milk, divided
2 cubes chicken bouillon
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
In a skillet on medium heat cook pork, onion, green
pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic until pork is crumbly.
Drain off excess fat, but leave a small amount.
Combine butter, salt, and pepper with the meat mixture
and stir until butter melts. Slowly sift flour over the
top. Mix gently and allow mixture to cook for 5 minutes.
It will burn, so do not let it sit unguarded. Don't
forget to scrape the bottom of the pan. Add the sage and thyme.
Slowly stir in milk, about a half a cup at a time, and
incorporate it well. When the mixture thickens, add more milk.
Do not let it boil vigorously, or it will burn. Add
chicken bullion and let cook for five minutes. Again, if it thickens too much, add more milk. Adjust taste with more salt and pepper if needed.
Just before serving, add the parsley, and about a 1/4
cup more milk; the gravy will thicken quickly as it cools.
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