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Oh My Gravy! Chocolate Gravy, That Is!

As a little girl I always loved going to both of my grandmother's houses. They both lived in Southern Oklahoma. One in Tushka and the other in Wilson. My grandmothers had a few things in common: they lived in the country, on dirt roads, in homes with only one bathroom that did not have plumbing- so yes, I have used an outhouse. They had chickens, so there were always fresh eggs and both made the best breakfast and, of course, the best food ever.  I have actually shared with The RHOK readers a gift I received from my paternal grandmother. You can read about it here if you haven't had the opportunity. But another thing my grandmothers had in common was they both made chocolate gravy and biscuits. Chocolate gravy, you ask? Well, before I answer there is more to this story.

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
Heat 2 C milk in saucepan until lukewarm. While waiting, mix 3/4-1 C sugar, 3 T flour, and 3 T cocoa w enough milk to make a pourable paste. Add cocoa mixture to warming milk, heat until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 stick margarine or butter and 1 tsp vanilla. Serve over hot biscuits.(Submitted by Allen McCurdy. Even though he didn't invent it, he claimed it.)

My Note: I add 1T of flour to saucepan at a time to help thicken, I use the milk mixture to completely dissolve first so it doesn't lump. Also, I have used Splenda instead of sugar and it does work!!

This is the right consistency!

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!

 
♥Mrs. Hart♥

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