Biscuits and gravy is a classic dish and a recipe that I have just been itching to share! I was all set to make it and I had an idea, what about a cajun style version with a shrimp and andouille gravy?
Essential to any good biscuits and gravy is the biscuits, which should be nice and light and fluffy, moist and tender! These biscuits are so easy to make! You simply pulse the butter and flour in a food processor, mix in the buttermilk and cheese and bake in the oven until the are nice and golden brown! I am so into the addition of cheddar to biscuits like this, especially straight from the oven while the cheese is still melted, ooey and gooey!
The gravy starts out with bacon which is cooked and set aside before using the bacon drippings to cook the sausage and shrimp in. Butter is then added to cook the veggies followed by a bit of flour to make sure that the gravy is nice and thick. The gravy is filled out with broth and cream and seasoned with cajun seasoning, bay seasoning, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. What a tasty gravy; and it’s so good smothering freshly baked cheddar biscuits! These cheddar biscuits and shrimp and andouille gravy are a fabulous take on the classic biscuits and gravy!
Cheddar Biscuits and Shrimp and Andouille Gravy
Biscuits and gravy Cajun style with a tasty shrimp and andouille sausage gravy!
- 4 strips bacon
- 1/2 pound andouille sausage (or kielbasa), diced
- 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and diviened
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 1 cup corn
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
- 1/4 cup flour (rice-flour for gluten-free)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning
- 1 tablespoon creole mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
- 4 biscuits (see below), cut in half
- Cook the bacon in a large pan and set aside.
- Adding the sausage and cook until lightly golden brown and slightly crispy and setting aside.
- Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 1-2 minutes per side before setting aside.
- Add the onion, pepper and celery and cook until tender, about 7-10 minutes, before adding the corn and cooking for 2-3 minutes.
- Mix in the garlic, thyme and flour and cook until the flour starts to brown a bit, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the broth and deglaze the pan by scraping the brown bits up off of the bottom of the pan with a spoon as the broth simmers.
- Add the cream, sausage, cajun seasoning, bay seasoning, mustard and Worcestershire sauce, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens to a gravy, about 3-5 minutes.
- Mix in the bacon, shrimp, green onions and parsley and serve on top of the freshly baked biscuits.
Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits
Light and flakey buttermilk biscuits with plenty of melted cheddar cheese!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 egg + 1 tablespoon water, lightly beaten
- Process the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and bitter in a food processor until it forms sand like grains.
- Gently mix in the buttermilk and cheddar until it forms a dough.
- Form the dough into the desired shape, place on a baking sheet, and brush with the egg mixture before baking in a preheated 425F/220C oven until lightly golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.
Oh Kevin, this sounds and looks divine. Thanks for sharing. I must try it sometime soon.
Norma Pearson says
Always love your recipes. What do you do w/the cooked bacon? I don't see where you add it back in. Hope I didn't miss a step. Thanks
wow awesome. it look very delicious. love it…
Looks delicious. Would like to try recipe. Is it 1072 calories per serving?
This looks amazing. What is cajun mustard, I've never heard of it before.
Bernard Ber says
This is a delicious recipe for sure. I'd love to eat biscuits that way with shrimp and andouille sausage. Thanks very much for the recipe.
Lat'C Hair says
This was a very good dish. My family loved it. I don’t eat pork so I used kielbasa sausage and itialian chicken cooked in olive oil I used the dripping and sautéed the vegetable in it. I also used the dripping from the shrimp in the gravy. It still turned out amazing without The bacon.
We don’t eat pork either ! But you have to try it with beef bacon omg lol it’s so good ! Beef bacon is fatty like pork bacon so good lol
Rusty H Briggs says
Oh my, but this is good! As a native New Orleanian, though, I prefer it served the traditional way — over rice. The biscuits are also wonderful; I added minced green onion the second time I made them. For the person asking about Cajun mustard, I’m a tad mystified. Many people have the tendency to use the words “Creole” and “Cajun” interchangeably, although they are distinct cultures, foodways, and cuisines. I have never, in my 65 years, heard of “Cajun mustard,” and despite spending considerable time food shopping in Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, etc., I’ve never come across a Cajun brand of mustard. I’m wondering if this chef is referring to Creole mustard, a coarse grind brown mustard like the Zararains brand. You can find Zat’s easily online if it’s not in your local market, or you can substitute any of the German brands or style brands that are similar and get a good result. Bon appetit! This site has wonderful recipes, and i’m grateful for the generosity and caring that goes into this labor of love. In NOLA, all occasions are celebrated over good food, and a well-prepared meal is an act of love to share with those we care for.
The recipe was delicious but a little too salty. I went back and looked at your instructions and see that you make your own creole seasoning ! I will definitely be trying that the next time!
Jimi P says
The gravy looks special! Instead of serving it over biscuits I will make a nice-sized batch of mashed potatoes with a good amount of butter and a good scoop of sour cream.
I made this tonight and it was uh-mah-zing!!
Oh my goodness!! I have never tastes such a light and airy biscuit. I used the biscuit recipe to go with my shrimp creole. Amazing!!
This turned out really good but a bit too salty. I should have purchased the salt free Cajun seasoning. It was very delicious otherwise.
I’m glad you like it! Some brands of cajun seasoning can have a ton of salt in them. I like to use my own blend to control the amount of salt.
Dee Dee says
Oh my goodness!!! This recipe was sooooooo delish! I tweaked a few of the ingredients and it turned out GREAT!!
Thanks for sharing!!
Lynne Jones says
This was delicious Kevin. I made a few changes that didn’t affect your recipe in the long run. I used a particularly spicy andouille that was 6 oz instead of 8 oz.; I think it did it’s job. I doubled the red bell, celery, parsley and because I needed to use up the bag of shrimp, I used a full pound. Because I do not buy heavy cream, I subbed in Oat Milk. Everything else the same. It thickened up nicely and was really, really tasty. I didn’t make your biscuits as I had 6 leftover Cheddar Bay biscuits from Red Lobster. They worked perfectly. I know, it sounds like I changed everything, but really they were the same ingredients, just more. Except for the milk. Thanks!
Lynne Jones says
Oh, I forgot, I also steeped the shrimp shells in the broth, it’s a great idea for extra flavor!
These cheddar biscuits are delicious! So light and fluffy! Yummy served warm with some strawberry or raspberry jam!
Joan King says
I am planning on making this for a dinner party. Can the biscuits be frozen uncooked and then baked unthawed with the same results? How far ahead can the gravy be made with the cooked shrimp added just prior to serving?