Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Gravy over Biscuits

"A few years back I was visiting friends in LA, and after a long day of fishing, a wonderful dinner with fresh fish of course, the next day we all woke up famished. Well ... biscuits with sausage gravy was the request, but I wanted to do something a little cajun. Our last vacation day, so it was clean out the fridge, but still trying to make something that resembled biscuits with sausage gravy. After a quick run to a local quick stop to get some cream and biscuits we were set. Well this is the creation, and it is really good. The only thing I have changed since I returned is that I love to add some scallions right at the end for a fresh flavor, but otherwise, pretty much the same. Make this for a breakfast/brunch for family this holiday season. And if you don't want to use andouille, use a spicy or mild sausage along with the cajun spices. And if you bake, make your own biscuits. I'm just not much of a baker, so I take a short cut and use a canned biscuit. We served this with some scrambled eggs and Bloody Mary's (it was the last day of vacation). But skip the eggs, and you won't miss them - this is a very satisfying dish."
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  • 20 medium shrimp (peeled and tails removed)
  • 3 andouille sausages, links (sliced and then diced)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 12 cup celery, diced
  • 12 cup red pepper, diced (you could use green if that is all you have, red to me are sweeter)
  • 2 scallions, diced (green parts)
  • 3 cups heavy cream (heavy cream is a must for this)
  • 14 cup white wine (optional)
  • 12 hot sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil to saute the vegetables
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Sausage -- In a large saute pan cook the diced andouille on medium heat until cooked through. Don't cook it at too high of a temperature. You want to slowly saute it. Once it is done, remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
  • Sauce -- In the same pan, pour out the drippings from the andouille (no need to clean the pan out, the flavor is fine, you just don't want all the oil) and add the fresh olive oil and bring to medium high heat. Add in the onion, celery, red pepper and garlic and saute 3-4 minutes.
  • Deglaze -- Originally I used chicken broth because that is all I had. Now, I like to deglaze with white wine just to get all the bits up off the pan. Add the wine and scrape up the bits from the pan and cook just a minute, then remove from the heat and slowly add in the cream, hot sauce (to taste) and the cajun seasoning and return to the heat on medium low cook until it reduces about 20-30 minutes. The cream will naturally thicken on it's own.
  • Shrimp and Sausage -- After the sauce has thickened, add the sausage back in as well as the shrimp and cook on medium heat until the shrimp begin to curl and turn pink. Add salt and pepper if needed according to your taste.
  • Biscuits -- Now I just used a canned biscuit, so I baked them according to directions, but if you want to make your own, by all means please do.
  • Serving -- Right before serving, add in the scallions and serve this decadent sauce over sliced biscuits.
  • Cook up some of your favorite eggs and serve with some Bloody Mary's for a perfect brunch. This also would make a great lunch or dinner.

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  1. jrivera
    This was very very good! I modified it a little because of what I had on hand so I used groud pork instead of the sausages. I left out the wine and used green pepper. We loved it. I was able to freeze some for leftovers this weekend! Thanks!
  2. Thymestudio
    SCORE! My husband and I are really big cajun food fans and I fell over this recipe and we loved it. Made a nice surprise for him on a late breakfast on a cold morning.


  1. jrivera
    This was very very good! I modified it a little because of what I had on hand so I used groud pork instead of the sausages. I left out the wine and used green pepper. We loved it. I was able to freeze some for leftovers this weekend! Thanks!


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