Handed down from my Grandpa who was born and reared in south Georgia. It is really a sauce (because there is no flour in it) but you can eat it for breakfast over biscuits, eat it at room temperature like a soup at lunch or the way we ate it at his house over rice with hoe cakes for dinner. It is simple to make but tastes so good. It keeps in the refrigerator for several days and I think it tastes better the next day.

Bud W

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the bacon in a Dutch oven, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the fat starts to cook out, about 2 minutes. Add the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to the pan. Season with sugar and black pepper. Simmer until the sauce is reduced by at least 1/4 and up to 1/3, 30 to 45 minutes. Stir in the butter just before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

163 calories; protein 4.6g 9% DV; carbohydrates 9.4g 3% DV; fat 11.3g 17% DV; cholesterol 18.3mg 6% DV; sodium 649.6mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2009
This is a very good recipe! I had all I could do to keep my spoon out of it while it was cooking. I thought the texture was very smooth on the tongue. M Lady gave it a definite large 5 stars and I concur wholeheartedly. I m thinking of adding some oregano and garlic and trying it as a spaghetti sauce. It s definitely a recipe to keep. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/11/2011
I did not like it I make tomato graving with flour and water. other wise it's too strong Read More
(5)
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2009
This is a very good recipe! I had all I could do to keep my spoon out of it while it was cooking. I thought the texture was very smooth on the tongue. M Lady gave it a definite large 5 stars and I concur wholeheartedly. I m thinking of adding some oregano and garlic and trying it as a spaghetti sauce. It s definitely a recipe to keep. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2010
Thank you for posting this, Bud. My father in law actually made this for me when my husband and I started dating (and he made it for my husband growing up) and I didn't ask him how he made it before he passed. My husband asks about this quite often but I didn't know how to make it. This is EXACTLY how he made it, only he added a little "green" spice I didn't catch. I did add a half tsp. each of basil and oregano and that was it exactly. I only had a small taste but my husband and kids ate almost all of it over parmesan noodles. You made our day. And sometimes, it's really the simplest things that get you every time. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2009
I made half the recipe and put it over almost stale Italian bread. The only thing I did was add a bit of basil. Great red gravy or sauce or whatever you want to call it. Will make this again. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2009
What a great recipe!I made it this evening and served it over rice and meatloaf.Wow what a great way to jazz up rice.I loved it!I will make this again.Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/10/2011
I did not like it I make tomato graving with flour and water. other wise it's too strong Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2009
This is terrific! I made it tonight along with meatloaf rice and biscuits and it was wonderful with all of them. I asked my hubby how he would rate it and he said 10 stars (: Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us Bud I will definitely be making this again and again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2012
This is EXACTLY like the tomato gravy I grew up with! I love this recipe and am so excited to have stumbled upon it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2012
Absolutely delicious! My husband kept talking about this "tomato gravy" (which I had never heard of) that he had ate once. So i found this recipe and he said it tasted almost exactly how he remembered it! Thanks for this! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2013
good over meatballs served with mashed potatoes. very similar my grandmas tomato gravy only she just used a little bacon grease instead of pieces of bacon. Read More
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