Hoecakes with Spicy Sausage Gravy
Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅔ cup whole buttermilk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • Spicy Sausage Gravy (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: green onion, hot sauce
Spicy Sausage Gravy
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, ½ cup water, eggs, and 2 tablespoons oil. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined.
  2. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. For each cake, drop 3 tablespoons batter 1 inch apart into skillet. Cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Keep warm. Serve with Spicy Sausage Gravy. Garnish with green onion and hot sauce, if desired.
Spicy Sausage Gravy
  1. In a large cast-iron skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until browned, 10 to 15 minutes, using back of a wooden spoon to break into pieces. Add flour; cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Slowly stir in milk and hot sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Taste of the South at https://www.tasteofthesouthmagazine.com/hoecakes-spicy-sausage-gravy/