Southern-Style Tomato Gravy


This Southern-style tomato gravy was a staple in my home growing up. It is usually served over biscuits with cornbread, bacon, eggs, and cheesy grits.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 (1 pound) package bacon

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 4 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened (Optional)


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon on a paper towel-lined plate, reserving drippings in the skillet.

  2. Stir flour and butter into drippings, scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, breaking them into small pieces to release juices while cooking; season with salt and pepper.

  3. Add heavy cream and cream cheese to tomato mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, until gravy is hot and thick, about 10 minutes. Serve with bacon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

198 Calories
18g Fat
6g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 198
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 688mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 9mg 47%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 263mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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