Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Biscuits & Gravy

When I think of what a Depression-Era recipe might be I think of something like biscuits and gravy.  I looked through my Depression Cookbook and sure enough this recipe was in there. 

A good gravy starts with the roux.  Here I made the roux out of butter and some of the leftover fat from frying the sausage in the skillet.  

Gravy for Biscuits or Potatoes
(recipe source: Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression of the 1930's)

1/4 cup of fat
4 Tbsp flour

Brown on slow heat until golden.  Gradually stir in 2 cups cold milk or water and cook a few minutes more.  Season to taste. (You have to stir constantly)

Leftover pork or pork sausage added for variation is excellent.

Fried hamburger, drained and added to the above gravy and served with any kind of potatoes, mashed, boiled, or baked, makes a very good meal.

Fresh side pork probably made the best gravy using fat from fried side pork.  Large families relied on this meal for good tasty food.

Cy Lamb
Chippewa Falls, WI

*Note: I just copied this recipe right out of the book.  Side pork is the same cut as bacon but not smoked/cured.

It still makes a tasty good meal in 2012!   My youngest son couldn't wait for me to take the picture he was ready to eat.

I will link this to: 
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Thriving on Thursdays  at Domesblissity
On the Menu Monday at Stonegable 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
A Pinteresting Party  at Tutus & Tea Parties
Thrifty Things Friday  at The Thrifty Groove


Nancy said...

My go to recipe lately has been diced potatoes and onions sauteed in olive oil until just about done then I add sliced Eckridge sausage and finish cooking, adding salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Served with ketchup or Country Bob's Sauce (which is a barbecue sauce that is AWESOME on anything!). We love biscuits and gravy too!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Sherry, I love your new series. My father , who was a a teen during the Depression, loved biscuits and gravy. My kids love it too. Joni

Chenille Cottage said...

Oh...My goodness! If it isn't the ultimate comfort food! I lived in East Tennessee for 13 years and there I enjoyed bisquits and gravy like never before. Here in Oregon folks just don't know how to make this delicious dish. My mouth is a bit homesick right now as it waters away pining for some of your ooey gooey gravy with plump and fluffy biscuits!

Unknown said...

That looks absolutely divine!!! HAVE to try that !:D
Thank yoU!


On Crooked Creek said...

This is the way my MoMa made gravy! YuM!!! i understand your son wanting to get his fork into that plate!!! My family won't wait for photos to be taken...I have to beg and then only photograph MY plate! Ha!!! Thanks for reminding us of the simple pleasures...the charm of home!!!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I'm loving your new series! I'm not a biscuits and gravy fan but my husband is and I'll have to make this for me! Thanks for sharing!

Eileen said...

I love biscuits and gravy. It's one of my favorite things to eat when the weather cools off - it's so good and hearty.

Sunny Simple Life said...

Boy how I love biscuits and gravy. Boy do these make me want some this weekend.

Leslie said...

Biscuits and gravy has to be one of my all-time favorite comforting things!! Now days it's more of a special thing for us, but I grew up on this stuff! There's just something about hot from the skillet, whitish-brownish gravy specked with bacon or sausage bits and black pepper over chewy biscuits that says "perfect fall morning"!
My husband is on vacation this week, and I think I need to make us some to celebrate. Thanks for posting this good recipe!

Diann said...

Yum! Biscuits and gravy is one of my "comfort foods". and this is exactly the way I was taught how to make gravy. It was a regular staple meal with my grandparents. So, I associate it with them and that always makes me happy! You are being featured this week for TTF. Thanks for sharing another great recipe with us at TTF. Have a fun day!

Unknown said...

Oh, my. Biscuits and gravy is probably my favorite food! Yours looks delicious!

debra said...

My ex husbands mom used to make this ( she was Italian and this is not Italian...its old time across the country I think :)

This post just made me smile, remembering her...:)

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Sherry, Thank you so much for sharing this biscuits and gravy recipe. My mother always loved making it when I was little. There was 8 in our family so this was a regular on our menu. Loved the memories.