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Honeymoon Flash Back: Sea Breeze Bakery & Cafe Depot Bay, OR – Guilt Free Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

depot bay oregon sea breeze cafeEvery year around this time I start thinking about biscuits and sausage gravy! Last month we celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary and that always brings to mind our honeymoon. We had some wonderful food, but the meal that sticks in my mind the most is the biscuits and sausage gravy that we had at The Sea Breeze Bakery and Café on the boardwalk just down the road from our hotel in Depot Bay, Oregon. It is the cutest little café nuzzled in between another restaurant and a little gift shop. The atmosphere was laid back, and homey, and that probably added to the overall enjoyment of the meal.  I was never, ever, a fan of biscuits and gravy growing up, but on our honeymoon I thought that I would give them another try, and I am certainly glad I did! The biscuits were tender with a touch of sweet, the gravy was creamy, and the sausage burst with flavor. After a couple of tries over the years I gave up on trying to find any other biscuits and gravy that would be equal to those that I ate that morning, so this morning I figured I would just see what I could do in my own kitchen.

biscuits and gravy3Being on vacation I didn’t even worry about the calories, but I know that they were well over 400 scrumptious, creamy, sausage filled calories. 🙂 While making my version this morning I wanted to stay true to my goal of making a lighter version that tastes just as good. All I can say is I came as close as I’ve ever tasted and rolled in at 170 calories for one serving. I want to let you know that these biscuits aren’t the kinds that are in layers, like you’d find in a tube from the store. biscuits and gravy5The biscuits I had that day weren’t layered either, and that was part of their charm and flavor. I had to make two different batches before I found “the taste”. The first batch tasted too much like baking soda and had too much butter, if you can believe there is such a thing. 😉 I kept them on the light side by using light butter and unsweetened vanilla almond milk that I made into “buttermilk” with some apple cider vinegar. (This helps with the leavening and the tenderness.) I also wanted a little sweet and savory contrast so I added some Truvia zero calorie sweetener. In saying that, I will alert you that you should be on the lookout for a strawberry shortcake recipe next year using the same biscuit recipe.

biscuits and gravy1When making the biscuits I used my hands to cut in the butter so I could leave big chunks like I did in my Stone Ground Scones, and used a fork to gently mix the almond milk into the mix. You want to be sure that you don’t over mix the dough so that it doesn’t get tough. I also folded the dough in thirds, rolled it a second time, and then folded it again before cutting it into squares with a knife. (This allowed for a few layers to hold onto the butter.)  I didn’t want to have to reroll the scraps and risk it getting tough. When it came to the gravy I kept it light using the same light ingredients, light butter and unsweetened almond milk. I like just enough gravy to hold the ground pork together, but not so much that it is flooding the plate! So, if you like extra gravy, you may want to double the batch of white sauce before you put in the meat. 🙂 My little trip back to the shore made for a nostalgic morning that brought back a lot of enjoyable memories. If you already have the ground pork cooked you can have this breakfast, or brunch, on the table in less than 30 minutes! Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Guilt Free Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

By Angie Gouchenour

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Ingredients

4 servings

Biscuits

3 Tablespoons of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar

½ cup of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/8 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of Truvia zero calorie sweetener

1 ½ Tablespoon of Light salted butter – cut into cubes

Gravy

2 Tablespoons of Light salted butter

2 Tablespoons of all purpose flour

¾ cup + 2 Tablespoons of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 pinches of salt

Dash of pepper

4 oz ground pork sausage – cooked

Directions

Biscuits

Preheat oven to 450’ f

In a small bowl or measuring cup combine ¼ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 3 Tablespoons of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and set aside

In another small bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and Truvia

Cut cold butter into 4 cubes and using your hands cut it into the flour mixture leaving pea size pieces of butter

Gently stir milk mixture into the flour and butter mixture with a fork just until crumbly

Dump dough onto a lightly floured surface presses any loose pieces together. Gently roll dough into a rectangle, and fold lengthwise in thirds

Flip dough over and roll out one more time. Fold in thirds again, cut dough into 4 squares

Place dough squares, folded side down, onto a lined baking sheet and place in the preheated oven

Bake for 11 minutes until very lightly browned

Remove from the oven and set aside

Gravy

While the biscuits are baking you can cook up your ground pork sausage into fully cooked crumbles. Drain and set aside.

In a small pan melt light butter

Remove the melted butter from the heat as you stir in the flour. Stir until the flour becomes a smooth paste

Place back on heat stirring for about 60 seconds, just to cook the flour taste out

Remove from heat, and stir as you pour a little milk at a time into the paste. Continue to do this until you have poured all the milk in and the roux is smooth

Return the pan to the heat allowing it to bubble until it begins to thicken, stir frequently

Remove from heat stir in salt and pepper and then add cooked ground pork sausage crumbles

Top biscuits with sausage gravy and serve

1 biscuit and ¼ of the gravy = 170 calories

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