Country Cooking


Biscuits and Gravy

1 tube baking powder biscuits

1 pound sage-flavored bulk pork sausage

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 quart milk

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

Dash Worcestershire sauce

Dash hot pepper sauce

Bake biscuits according to package directions. Meanwhile make gravy. Crumble sausage into a large saucepan; cook over medium-low heat. Add onion; cook and stir until transparent. Drain, discarding all but 2 tablespoons of drippings. Stir in flour; cook over medium-low heat about 6 minutes or until mixture bubbles and turns golden. Stir in milk. Add seasonings; cook, stirring, until thickened. To serve, slice biscuits and spoon gravy over halves.

Apple Fritters

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup water

2 cups chopped peeled apples

Oil for deep-fat frying


Combine flour, milk powder, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk eggs and water; add to the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Heat oil to 375º. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls, a few at a time, in hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Roll warm fritters in sugar. Serve warm. Makes about 40 fritters.

Zucchini Bread

3 eggs 3 cups flour

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups shredded, unpeeled  zucchini

1/2 cup applesauce

3 ounces orange juice

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup chopped pecans orwalnuts

Beat eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until thick. Stir in remaining ingredients, mixing well. Pour into two greased floured 5 x 9 inch loaf pans. Bake at 350º about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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