I’ve cooked more than a few barley dishes this month already, but the only one I really want to share with you is a dish I love always: biscuits n’ gravy. This recipe uses half barley flour and I thought it tasted light and delicious.
2 cup flour
2 cup barley flour
¼ tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter
1.5 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 450.
Combine 2 cups flour, 2 cups barley flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 4 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp salt, ¼ tsp baking soda in a food processor, pulse till combined. Add 2 sticks cold, pieced butter, pulse till just mixed. Add 1.5 cups buttermilk. Pulse until combined. You may need to use a spatula or something to keep pushing the mixture down as you slowly pulse.
My dough came out quite sticky and fluffy. I had to use a lot of flour in order to continue the directions below. Keep those hands and surfaces floury and the mixture should start to be easier to handle.
Turn out dough on floured surface and spread into an 8-inch square. Fold dough in half, reshape into square. Do it again. Trim dough on sides, then cut 9 equal squares. Place on parchment paper and bake 17 – 18 minutes. Brush with melted butter.
For the sausage gravy, you just sautee 1 pound of breakfast sausage. Add a 1/4 cup of flour, plenty of dry sage and pepper, and cook those dry ingredients into the sausage pretty good. Then add 2.5 cups of milk and a Tbsp of salt and let it boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. It’ll get nice and thick. So tasty!!
Then I fried a bunch of eggs over-easy and make about 7 breakfast meals for the week! All I have to do is pop ’em in the microwave in the morning and eat some delicious biscuits n’ gravy at the beginning of my day. Hopefully, it will give me better energy for my work days.
Cooking all these dishes lately have made me feel so much healthier. It feels great going home and knowing I don’t need to buy some frozen dinner for $6 before I head home each day because there’s a ton of home-cooked meals waiting for me to eat in my fridge. All the cooking is making me keep the kitchen cleaner than ever.
Cooking has given me a greater sense of control over my home life and I think I’ve lost bad fat! I used to average 136 – 140 lbs. I’m now averaging 127 – 131 lbs. And that, my friends, is ABS-olutely fabulous. ♥