Why faux? Well, because the “biscuits” are gnocchi and the “sausage” is Morningstar Farms fake meat breakfast sausage. Taste just like sausage by the way and you can find it in the hippie section of your local grocery store.
I love real life biscuits and gravy. I love Mountain House’s biscuits and gravy. I can’t take real biscuits and gravy on the trail and Mountain House’s, well, it’s expensive for what it is and it’s like Chinese food – you’re hungry an hour after you eat it.
So I decided to make my own.
You may not like fake meats. You may think it gives you cancer. You may just be super committed to the carnivorous lifestyle. Whatever, I get it. You do not, I repeat, you do not have to use fake meat. You can use whatever you want. You can dehydrate real sausage, you can toss in cubed up Spam, you can use bacon jerky or cut up a Slim Jim. You can just do no meat or dehydrated mushrooms. That fake meat part is completely optional.
I like to use it because I always have some in my freezer, I don’t have to bother cooking it, it’s very easy to dehydrate, it’s actually pretty tasty, and it rehydrates really well.
Let me tell you how to do this:
FAUX BISCUITS & GRAVY
1/2 a packet of Pioneer instant white gravy mix (I use the sausage flavor)
1/2 cup of potato gnocchi
1/3 cup meat of your choice
1 cup water
If you’re not using Spam or any other meat that you can just open a package and put it in on trail, you’ll have to use dehydrated meat. For the fake sausage “meat” I chop up the patties. Both flavors, the maple and the spicy, are very delicious. I like to do one of each for this. So I chop them up and dehydrate them. I usually dehydrate two full bags at one time so I only have to do it once and use it a bunch of times.
To rehydrate on the trail, add about 1/4 cup of water in your cook pot along with the crumbled meat. Bring to a boil, cut the heat off and stir in gravy mix. Let stand for 5 minutes. Then add the rest of the water and gnocchi bring back to a boil to desired thickness and let stand another 5 or 10 minutes. Enjoy!
A couple quick notes, if you’re not using Pioneer white gravy, by all means, use your favorite brand or what you can get. I get it at Wal-Mart, Publix, everywhere. But for whatever reason you’re using a different brand, you may need to alter the amount of water. For a full packet of the Pioneer, it calls for 2 cups of water, so I just cut that in half. Be sure to read the instructions on your gravy mix because it may call for different amounts of water. Just cut it in half.
If you’re going to dehydrate real sausage, I would recommend after you cook it, you rinse it with hot water. I realize you’re rinsing off goodness, but you don’t want to have all that fat and grease on your meat when you dehydrate and store it.
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