Biscuits: Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; cut in shortening
with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add buttermilk, stirring just
until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface,
and knead lightly 4 or 5 times.
Roll dough to 3/4-inch thickness; cut with a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter.
Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees F for 12 minutes
or until golden. Brush tops with butter. Split biscuits open; serve with Sausage
Sausage Gravy: Brown sausage in a skillet, stirring until it crumbles. Drain,
reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Set sausage aside.
Add butter to drippings; heat over low heat until butter melts. Add flour,
stirring constantly. Gradually add milk; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly,
until thickened and bubbly. Stir in seasonings and sausage. Cook until thoroughly
heated, stirring constantly.
Yield: 12 to 14 servings biscuits; 3 3/4 cups gravy