Talk about vegan comfort food, eh? :)
The girls and I like to make Papa a special breakfast on Father's Day. He almost always requests biscuits-n-gravy. This is a recipe we came up with after our friends made a version for him on his birthday. It is not healthy and it uses "fake meat" so we only make it 2 or 3 times a year...but it is oh so tasty. It's also pretty simple to make, so that's a bonus! I've never really measured the ingredients while I make it, so I took some extra time and wrote down the recipe to share with you folks.
First the biscuits. These are pretty versatile. You could definitely make them with white flour or a mix of wheat and white to get them a bit more fluffy, but we only have whole wheat flour, so that's what we use.
Hearty Vegan Biscuits
4 cups whole wheat flour (or a mix white/wheat)
2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon coconut sugar (or sucanat or sugar)
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups soy milk plus (you could use almond milk/hemp milk...but it doesn't react as well with the vinegar FYI)
2 TBS apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the vinegar to the soy milk and stir well. Add the oil to the soy milk and stir. Then add the soymilk to the flour mixture and stir until dough forms. Allow to sit for 30 minutes or so. Then take the dough (no kneading required!) and create little biscuit mounds with your hands and plop them onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Pop them into the oven for 10 minutes or until browned.
Guess who's little hand couldn't wait for a biscuit?
Vegan Sausage Gravy
5 Tbs vegan margarine (like Earth Balance)
5 Tbs flour (we used whole wheat, but white is fine here too)
3 cups soy milk (almond milk and hemp milk do not thicken as well, make sure it's not sweetened or flavored)
2 tsp sea salt
lots of freshly ground pepper (as much as you can stand...it really makes for a yummy gravy)
a few shaves of fresh nutmeg (if you do not have a fresh nutmeg seed, skip it, ground nutmeg is not the same)
1 package of the Morningstar Brand sausage links (we've made this with almost every kind of veggie sausage and this is Papa's favorite for this recipe)
Throw the frozen veg sausage into the oven with the biscuits just to defrost them, then chop it and set it aside. You're going to make a simple roux. Melt the vegan margarine over med heat, then grab a whisk and sprinkle the flour in while whisking. Keep whisking until the flour is completely incorporated and the mixture starts to turn golden brown. Slowly pour the soy milk in, whisking all the while so as not to get lumpy bumpies. Once all the soy milk is whisked in, turn the heat to low and let it bubble until it's thickened. Add the salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Toss the veg sausage in the gravy for a minute or two. Feel free to add a bit more soy milk if the mixture gets too thick. It's done!
Slice open one of those lovely biscuits and slop some gravy on top.