I'm not sure if my Moma didn't learn how to make this type of gravy or if, because of the diet she always on to lose weight, just refused to make it. Her mother, Grandma Madie died when I was nine. Grandma Emma made it a few more times after that, but once I became a teenager visits became few and far between when she moved to Ringling, OK. So I honestly do not remember having it after I was at least 10 years old.
I met my husband when I was 30. One of the first things he noticed about me when he came to my house before we married was that I had the same plates as his Momma- Mikasa's French Countryside. One of the first things his Momma made me for breakfast before we were married was his favorite: Chocolate gravy and biscuits. Yes, she did, and served them on the Mikasa plates!
I have finally learned to make this delectable cuisine -- however, I do not make any other type of gravy! I refuse. I do not just make it for breakfast, but for dinner as well. My mother-in-law even served it for my son's 9th birthday party brunch this past December. It was a huge hit with the guests. Anytime I post on Facebook that I am making it or eating it, I get comments like crazy. I finally posted the recipe on my notes, but I fear few have tried it.
According to Wikipedia:
"Chocolate gravy is a variety of gravy made with fat, flour, cocoa powder and sometimes a small amount of sugar. This variety is more common in cuisine of the Southern United States and is most often served as a Sunday morning dish with fresh biscuits in the Ozark and Appalachian Mountain regions."
That would explain why I am always asked if I am from Arkansas.
No, I am an Oklahoma girl born and raised. My mother-in-law is from Arkansas and since so many recipes do cross state lines....
I am going to share with you the recipe from her family cookbook, the one I use!
Chocolate Gravy- Food & Family © Daniel Allen McCurdy, 1993
The Mikasa plate w/ the Gravy & Biscuits, kind of a messy presentation!
My kids actually clean their plates and don't even look up for a picture.Here they had it w/ scrambled eggs. I didn't have any bacon in the house!