Sunday, June 21, 2009

Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits

A gravy made with flour, cocoa, sugar, butter, vanilla and milk, is best served right over some piping hot biscuits... yes, even if they are straight out of the can!

Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits

Okay. Chocolate and gravy. Two words that you don't likely associate together, so I know this is a totally weird concept. I do!!  But hey, don't knock it till ya try it cuz I tell you what, there are lots of google searches that land here looking for this stuff.  Give it a try and I'm guessing you'll be sold too.

When you get ready to want some of these {and you will want some of these}, you certainly could make your biscuits from scratch, and of course that's the best way to go always when one has a choice, but if ya got a hankerin' for biscuits in a hurry, I highly advise that you should always have at least one can of whoompf biscuits on hand in the fridge. Course those kind of biscuits are the biscuit cans that you whoompf against the edge of the counter to pop open, in case you weren't sure about that! I don't care how many times in all my years of livin' that I've done that, the sound of that air poppin' out of those cans has always scared the beejeesus outta me!

Anyhoo... you use the whoompf kind of biscuits because you usually make this when you want chocolate, you want it now, and the only form of chocolate that you have in the house is cocoa in the pantry, so who has time for scratch biscuits under those circumstances?? We are in a hurry here!

Get those biscuits goin' in the oven and start makin' the chocolate gravy. Yep. Chocolate. Plus gravy. Chocolate Gravy. Sounds kinda weird doesn't it, but by now with all the great southern bloggers out there, her Majesty the Sweet Potato Queen {of Jackson, Mississippi I might add} herself, and the now widely famous southerner, Miss Paula Deen, you surely have seen this bit of heaven by now?

Well, now it's about time for you to experience it, I'd have to say!

Now, it's true. This so-called Chocolate Gravy is essentially just a Homemade Chocolate Pudding served hot, over hot-from-the-oven biscuits, we know that. But, we like to call it Chocolate Gravy because, well, it makes us feel like we've gone and gotten all clever and invented something special... so, just play along, 'k?

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Recipe: Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 10 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • Homemade buttermilk biscuits or 1 can of buttermilk biscuits (like Grands Homestyle)
  • 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa (like Hershey's)
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Instructions

Prepare the biscuits. In the meantime, in a medium sized saucepan whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt and sugar until well mixed. Set that pot over medium high heat and begin to whisk the milk in, a little at a time at first, until the mixture is blended in well. Continue whisking and adding the remaining milk, whisking until the mixture begins to bubble up and thicken. Whisk in the butter until fully incorporated, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Grab a hot biscuit, split it in half and pour the gravy over it. Or just pour the chocolate gravy into a small ramekin, grab a biscuit and tear off pieces for tipping. Dance a happy dance.

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16 comments:

  1. That's a little wacky! But I'd give it a try :)

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  2. The first time I heard of chocolate gravy was when I met my husband (in 1971). He used to eat it at his uncle's house in the Ozark Mts in north Arkansas. I had to improvise the recipe to make it juliecrtfor him and it's basically like yours, a thin chocolate pudding. Mmmmm. Need to make us some!

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  3. I've never seen this before, but it doesn't mean I wouldn't try it. I love just about anything with chocolate!

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  4. Heather and Krista, I know ... it sounds crazy, but try it!!

    Granna, sounds like it's time to make some! Bet he'll smile real big just thinkin' back to those days.

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  5. I have been voting for you every chance I get!!! this looks a little odd...but I think I would try it too!

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  6. Now honey I usually love yer recipes but this one has got me scared.

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  7. hehehe don't be skeerd Penniwig!!!

    True, it is different ... I don't know why, but I just had a taste for it. Like I said, it's just pretty much like eating pudding really.

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  8. I don't know about this one. I trust you and everything should be tried once before you die so maybe.....

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  9. I've seen this before and think it sounds just wonderful :)

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  10. I'm from Southern Arkansas, and grew up on biscuits and chocolate gravy. Homemade biscuits though. What you call "whoomph" biscuits, we called "whop" biscuits, for the same reason. (Whop, according to Webster, means to beat.) I now live in West Virginia, where I met one person who knows what chocolate gravy is, and says it originated in Appalachia. Since then, I've heard it originated in Tennessee, Mississippi, and of course Arkansas. Wherever it came from, it's good stuff! And actually not all that unhealthy.
    Deb

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  11. One of my favorite things to eat. My aunt used to make it when we would come to visit them. My kids do not care for it so I don't make it much.

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  12. My grandmother would make this for my dad and his sisters when they were young. She taught my mom how to make it. I grew up on this stuff. I now make it for my family. 3 generations and still going strong. I really need to teach my daughter how to make it for her family now. My son-in-law likes it too.

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    1. I've found that either folks have no idea about chocolate gravy or else it brings up many fond memories!

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  13. To the person who went off on a tangent about how I make this, I am not going to publish those comments. Hasn't anybody ever taught you that it's bad manners to walk into somebody else's kitchen and bark unsolicited criticism at them about something they've cooked? If you want to email me your 100 year old recipe I'll be happy to check it out, but please remember everybody cooks differently - your way may be different from someone else's way, but that doesn't mean your way or my way is wrong. Although I do have an Appalachian cookbook with a recipe virtually identical to this one, Appalachian cooking is often a bit different from much of the rest of the South, so I'd love to see what makes your version different. It just doesn't make my version, or anybody else's version "wrong." There is no one Southern recipe for anything!!

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  14. I have always known what this was, my Papa was from Missouri, but my Grandma is from Michigan and she said she doesn't eat no pudding on her biscuts! Haha I am now engaged to a man from Arkansas and he loves him some chocolate gravy! I am still not a real big fan but I'll find myself makin it for him.

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