5 Ways to Upgrade Classic Biscuits and Gravy
Gravy is a biscuit's BFF, especially when it's the crazy flavorful versions that go beyond the traditional sausage-laden sauce. Try serving one of these tasty twists at your next brunch bash and get ready for the compliments to flow.
1) Get Your Buzz On
Red-Eye Gravy boosts your caffeine consumption because its main ingredient is coffee! This is a perfect one for gravy beginners to try because it's practically fool-proof. Fry some ham, drain excess grease and stir in hot black coffee. Boom, done. Yes, coffee in gravy might sound strange, but it wakes up the salty sweet slices of ham. Variations include adding ketchup and mustard, or in Louisiana, the pan drippings are seasoned with cayenne pepper.
2) Take it Way Beyond Beige
Mama's Tomato Gravy is a colorful biscuit topper that is not to be confused with the Bolognese-style sauce Southerners often refer to as gravy. This slightly tart creation from Alabama is a natural fit for cheddar biscuits. (Remind you of grilled cheese and tomato soup?)
3) Make it a Tasty History Lesson
Bet you didn't know that Sawmill Gravy was a huge hit among hungry lumberjack crews in the early 1900s. The original recipe included cornmeal that prompted the rustic name. It has lightened up over the years, though there's still plenty of breakfast sausage to satisfy those hearty appetites.
4) Serve it for Dessert
Chocolate Gravy is a Southern tradition that sparks warm, fuzzy memories of grandma. It's easy to wow friends and family with this surprising creation. Dark cocoa powder's the key to winning chocolate gravy — an ingredient Granny couldn't get. Thank goodness it's now widely available on supermarket shelves everywhere.
5) Let it Flow in a Fountain
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Watch this quick video for tips on making the 5-star rated Bill's Sausage Gravy: